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HOW TO CLEAN PATENT LEATHER
DR. MARTENS FOOTWEAR

THE BOOT DOCTOR SAYS: OUR PATENT CLEANER WILL BRING BACK THAT BRILLIANT SHINE AND HAVE YOUR BOOTS LOOKING GOOD AS NEW

Patent leather is tougher than you might think. Looked after properly, it can last ages, and taking care of our patent leathers couldn’t be easier. Dr. Martens Patent Cleaner is designed to bring back that signature shine, even when your boots are looking far from their best.

Here’s how to use it — in five easy steps — with a few tips from the Dr. Martens Boot Doctor. Check out our full video at the bottom of the page.

BOOT DOCTOR TIP: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BRING A BIT OF SHINE BACK TO YOUR PATENT BOOTS & SHOES

STEP 1: YOUR KIT

Patent leather might mark fairly easily, but it cleans even easier. All you need is a couple of cloths, some water, a shoe brush and a bottle of Patent Cleaner. It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes or so.

STEP 2: REMOVE DIRT

If it’s been a while, your boots will probably need a bit of wipe first. Give them a good clean all over with a damp cloth — rinsing and repeating if necessary. Remove your shoelaces and clean them separately, then dry your boots with a different cloth.

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

STEP 3: GET TO WORK

Give the bottle a good shake, then spray the shoes all over. Wipe off any excess with a clean cloth, and ensure you finish with a smooth, even coating.

STEP 4: BUFF TO SHINE

Now it’s time to get that brilliant shine back. Grab your brush and start buffing. When your boots have a glossy even shine, leave them to dry for a few minutes.

BOOT DOCTOR TIP: A NEW PAIR OF LACES CAN GO A HELL OF A LONG WAY

STEP 5: RE-LACE

Almost there. Re-lace your boots, or customize them with a new pair, and finish with a squirt of Dr. Martens Shoe Freshener if needed. And there you have it: good as new.

BOOT DOCTOR TIP: TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOUR PATENT LEATHER, AND IT’LL LAST YOU AGES

DR. MARTENS PATENT CLEANER

Restores shine with a few quick sprays. Our Patent Cleaner is specially formulated for use on Docs patent leathers.

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF CARE, THEY’LL LAST EVEN LONGER