How to clean Timberland Boots

How to clean timberland boots at home

Timberland is one of the most popular boot manufactures on the market today. With each pair costing over $100 it’s easy to see why you would want to protect your investment. Regularly cleaning your Timbs will keep them looking and feeling great for years to come. 

What are Timberlands made of?

Most Timberland boots are made of either Nubuck or Premium Leather. The most common Timberland boot is the Classic Timberland in Wheat Nubuck but it also comes in a variety of different nubuck colors such as black nubuck and dark chocolate.

Timberland also offers many boots in Premium Leather which is a finished water-proofed leather. Common premium leather colors include black and brown. Premium leather is smooth to the touch and not “fuzzy” like nubuck.

what are timberlands made of

Use the photo above to help you determine the material your Timberland boots are made of before finding the best way to clean them. 

How to clean Timberland boots at home

It’s recommended you clean and condition your Timberland boots every 10-15 wears to maintain their finish. You should clean and condition them sooner if you wear your boots in harsh conditions such as the rain, mud or snow.

Before you begin always remove your boot laces before beginning the cleaning process!

How to clean suede Timberlands (Nubuck)

The best way to get started is by purchasing an official Timberland Product Care Kit. These kits were made especially for your Timberland boots.

how to clean suede timberland boots
  1. Remove dirt - Using the included brush, remove any excess dirt from your Timberland boots. Make sure to brush your boots before continuing on to a deeper cleaning. It’s important to remove all loose dirt first.
  2. Remove stains with the cleaner bar - Use the cleaner bar to remove stains on suede Timberlands. Rub the cleaner gently back and forth over the stain. Brush off any excess residue afterwards. Repeat the process as needed.
  3. Deep clean - If stubborn stains are not being removed by the cleaner bar you can go ahead and use the included Timberland Suede & Nubuck cleaner. Spray the cleaner on a dry cloth and evenly rub into the boots. Use the brush to restore the nap of your boots. Make sure to follow steps 1 and 2 before using the Suede & Nubuck cleaner! It’s important to remove loose dirt and debris first!
  4. Condition - After your boots have been cleaned use the Balm Proofer All Purpose Protector spray to condition your boots. Evenly spray the Balm Proofer on the outside of your Timberland Boots. This application will waterproof your boots and help prevent stains. Allow up to 24 hours for your boots to dry in a cool place away from direct sunlight.


How to clean black timberland boots (Genuine Leather)

Note: If you need to know how to clean black Timberland boots made of nubuck please follow the instructions for how to clean suede Timberlands above.

The Timberland Product Care Kit is great for nubuck but there are better products on the market for smooth genuine leather. We recommend the Gear Aid ReviveX Leather Boot Care Kit which includes a cleaner and conditioner especially made for genuine leather.

how to clean black timberlands
  1. Remove Dirt - Using the included brush, brush off any loose dirt or debris from your boots. It’s important to be thorough with the brush before proceeding to the deep clean and conditioning steps.
  2. Deep Clean - Use the ReviveX Boot Cleaner to remove stains from your genuine leather Timberland boots. Apply a small amount of cleaner on a clean cloth and evenly rub the cleaner into the leather of the boot. Wipe any excess cleaner from the boot once you are finished. You can begin to condition your boot while the leather is still damp.
  3. Condition - Use the Water Proofing & Conditioner spray to treat your leather from future stains. Rub the solution into your Timberland boots evenly with a clean cloth. Allow up to 24 hours to dry.

How to clean Timberland boots without cleaner

Although it is highly recommend that your use a cleaning kit with the proper solution to clean and condition your Timberlands, you can also clean your Timberland boots with household items using the tips below.

Tips for cleaning Timberland boots without cleaner:

  • Use a soft toothbrush in place of a boot cleaning brush to remove dirt and debris.
  • You can use a white pencil erasure to rub off small marks and scuffs from your boots. Pink erasures are not recommend as they may leave additional marks.
  • Use dish detergent and a toothbrush to clean the soles and your Timberland boots. Do not use dish detergent on the leather uppers as they may stain your boots.

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