How to Waterproof Your Work Boots Fast

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Last Updated on November 30, 2020 by Jack Sanders

In this article, I’m gonna show you 3 easy waterproofing methods and I’ll explain to you exactly how they work.

Waterproof & Water Repellent Socksboots-waterproof-water

The first one is buying a pair of waterproofing or water repellent socks that will successfully keep your feet dry under wet conditions without demanding you to buy waterproof work boots.

It’s important to note that these socks need to breathable, otherwise your feet will end up sweating a lot and the inside of your boots can feel overheated.

This can lead to more serious complications like fungus or mold–so, in other words, buying breathable waterproof and water repellent socks is critical.

Creams, Pastes, Waxes

These types of insulation methods consist of getting creams, pastes or wax to temporarily generate a waterproof membrane on the exterior of the boots.

That membrane has pores small enough to keep water droplets out of your boots, but big enough to let air flow keeping the boots breathable.

The Full Process:

To help you get an idea of how to waterproof your work boots with creams, pastes, and waxes I’m gonna show you the exact process to follow with this technique…

1) Remove dirt from work boots:

Firstly, remove the laces of your boots and clean them with either a cleaning cream or water.

If there’s a lot of dirt on your boots, it may take a few scrubs or rinses to get them as clean as possible.

2) Put the wax in a warm place:

Generally, this means under the sun. There’s no exact time frame really, but it’s important to keep it there until the wax becomes warm and soft.

Although it may seem faster to just directly apply heat to the wax, this is not a smart idea and may alter the end result negatively.

3) Apply with a clean cloth:

Now that the wax is warm and soft, it’s time to actually coat the boots.

To do this, move the cloth in a circular motion and don’t be stingy with the amount of wax–more is better.

Overall, be sure to coat the entire exterior of the boot along with the seams.

4) Leave boots for one hour to dry:

You can actually just leave the boots exactly where you left the wax and wait for them to dry under the sun for an hour.

If you really need to hurry up the process though, you can also place them under a fan as well.

5) Remove/buff excess:

After they have dried, there may still be some excess wax left on the boots, so it might be smart to just wipe this off with a dry cloth.

6) Repeat if they start to look cracked after a few weeks:

If the boots do start to look cracked after a few weeks of use, just repeat this process again and this should take care of it.

Waterproofing Sprays

Have you ever imagined that your work boots can be waterproofed by only using a spray?

The truth is that it can be possible!

Well, that’s possible thanks to the polyurethane coatings that create temporary membranes full of tiny pores that are designed to keep the air flowing but keep the water droplets out.

These sprays will both make the boots waterproof while also making sure that they’re still breathable as well.

The Full Process:

This is the process you’ll have to follow for waterproofing your work boots with sprays:

1) Remove dirt from work boots:

Just like with creams, your boots need to be free of dirt and their laces before you begin.

This can be done with either water or a cleaning cream, but it’s important to make sure they’re as clean as can be before going onto the next step.

2) Apply spray on exterior:

When applying the spray onto the exterior of the boots, it needs to be applied from a six-inch distance for the best results.

3) Let them dry overnight:

Be sure to leave the boots in a dry area for this step.
If the forecast is calling for rain, placing them outside may not be the best choice.

4) Repeat process after a few weeks if they look cracked:

Once again, the boots may begin to crack after a few weeks of use and the only thing you can do here is to repeat the process step-by-step.

Author: Jack Sanders
Hey there, I’m Jack, founder and editor in chief here at After my best friend spent hundreds of hours trying to convince me, I decided to take control of my life and finally got to make this site. I’m on a mission to share my insider tips with every man who has a skilled trade job.

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