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How to clean your boots
with Wonder Balsam wax

Designed to make tough Docs
footwear last even longer

You might see some battered old boots, but we see a pair with plenty of life left. Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam is designed to bring well-worn footwear back to its best. Our balsam wax nourishes leather — keeps it supple, strong and smooth. Used regularly, it will prolong the life of your footwear.

Here’s how to use it — in five easy steps. Or check out our video below.

BOOT DOCTOR TIP: WONDER BALSAM CAN BE USED ON MOST SMOOTH AND WAXED LEATHERS.

STEP 1: YOUR SHOECARE KIT

First up, find a surface that you don’t mind getting a bit of mud on, and assemble your kit. Cleaning your boots with balsam wax doesn’t take much. All you need is a couple of cloths, some water and a tub of Wonder Balsam. And 20 minutes of your time.

STEP 2: REMOVE DIRT

Your boots might need a bit of clean before you can get started. Give them a good wipe with a damp cloth. Remove your shoelaces and clean them separately, then dry the boots with a different cloth.

BOOT DOCTOR TIP: IF YOUR BOOTS HAVE LIVED A LITTLE, BANG THEM TOGETHER TO REMOVE EXCESS MUD FIRST.

STEP 3: GET STUCK IN

Take the sponge out of the Wonder Balsam tub and use it to scoop some wax out. Apply generously all over the boot, paying particular attention to any creases, the tongue and inside leather. Take care to really work it into the seams. Once the coating is even, leave to dry for 10 minutes.

BOOT DOCTOR TIP: APPLY EXTRA WONDER BALSAM TO MINIMISE SCRATCHES, SCUFFS AND MARKS.

STEP 4: RE-LACE

At this stage, you can add your freshly-cleaned laces back to your boots. If the old ones are still looking knackered, treat yourself to a new pair. Why not try a different colour to make your boots your own? You’ll be amazed at the difference some new laces can make.

STEP 5: FINISHING TOUCHES

You're almost there. All that’s left are a few optional last touches. You can give your brushed-up boots a quick spray with Dr. Martens Ultra Protector for an added layer of protection. Or a squirt of Dr. Martens Shoe Freshener to remove any odours. And there you have it: your boots should be looking back to their best. Don’t leave it so long next time, eh?

BOOT DOCTOR TIP: USE MONTHLY TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR FOOTWEAR

DR. MARTENS WONDER BALSAM

Restores and rejuvenates with no polish or shine: our Wonder Balsam is formulated to keep leather strong and supple, and ensure your boots last even longer. Please note: contains beeswax.

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