Cleaning your Bates Shoes and Boots and shoes periodically will extend the lifetime of your footwear. It is recommended that you wipe them off after every u se. Use an old towel, a damp rag, or even your socks to remove the dust and dirt that may have accumulated during the day to help prevent abrasion and cracking.
Allow your boots 24 hours to dry out before wearing them again. Moisture from your feet settles into the boot, and without time to dry, bacteria can stain the leather. A good practice is to rotate your boots, never wearing the same pair two days in a row. Never dry your boots with heat because it will dry out the leather.
Keep waterproof leather boots clean by using running water and a soft bristle brush, if necessary. Never scrub your boots harder than you would your own skin. Oil-tanned leathers can be treated with a water-proofing beeswax, which also nourishes the leather, however it may darken the leather slightly.