Rain boots are one of those things in my shoe closet that I never thought I would get a lot of wear out of until I owned a pair. With all that Seattle rain, I found myself wearing them more often and needing to invest in a better pair. I’ve actually never had a pair of Hunter boots. My first pair of rain boots were from Target. Finally, I upgraded to some adorable Ted Baker boots that I fell in love with upon first sight! The gold plated bar and fabric section separated this boot from all the rest.
I was so excited to finally have a quality pair that the care for them escaped me. It wasn’t until I noticed a white powdery substance appearing on them that realized I was doing something wrong!
Here’s what I didn’t know about rubber. True high-quality rubber when exposed to air, dirt, and water, will cause the surface to expose a white residue that looks chalky due to oxidation. This is called “blooming.” When this first happened I freaked out! Thankfully there are easy ways to get rid of this.
I recommend buying some Hunter rain boots spray cleaner. No, they didn’t not sponsor this post! I first tried soap and water, and even oil, but nothing even came close to removing the residue until I used this Hunter Rubber Buffer spray.
The directions are easy! Spray the cleaner and wipe with a washcloth until the residue is gone. I ended up doing quite a bit of buffing, but the end result was beautiful and definitely worth the extra effort!
Cleaning them after each use is the best way to keep them looking in tip-top shape. This will help prevent any further residue from forming. Soap and water should work just fine for this. Also, store the boots in a cool, dry place away from heat or sunlight which will prevent them from causing further blooming.