The very annoying thing about having rain boots is the fact that you have to clean them. Not only that, they have to be cleaned in a special way because they pretty much absorb almost everything in your surroundings, even the smell of smoke. So how do you get the smell of smoke out of rain boots?
The steps can be a bit complicated than just airing them out. Not to mention, most rain boots are made of rubber, so you really cannot use harsh chemicals on them. Also, it is very tricky to work with rubber because pretty much everything slides off of it, making it quite hard to get a deep clean. The material itself is also the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So yes, you really have no choice but to clean them or just toss them out and buy new rain boots.
With that in mind, we are going to discuss different techniques on how do you get the smell of smoke out of rain boots. We will also talk about the common products that are readily available in your home that can give your boots a deep clean. Lastly, we will give you some tips on how to care for your rain boots so that you do not have to always give them a thorough clean.
How Do You Get the Smell of Smoke Out of Rain Boots?
The things that you need are baking soda, liquid detergent or dishwasher liquid, and a scrubber (preferably made of nylon strands). You also have to do the cleaning on a bright sunny day, and you should have a lot of patience as it is quite a long process.
When the sun is high up in the sky, take out your rain boots to completely dry any moist inside and introduce air. If the inner linings can be detached, you should air them out separately from the rain boots. Doing so releases the smell of smoke. It is best to leave it outside until it is no longer sunny.
Sprinkle baking soda inside the boots and allow it to sit for 24 hours. This will absorb any smell of smoke that was still left behind. This also acts as an anti-microbial for any fungus, bacterium, or mildew that are forming in your boots.
The next day, soak your boots in a tub of cold water that has liquid detergent mixed in. Do not be afraid to use your hands to remove the baking soda. It is also important that the water is cold to maintain the quality of the rubber.
Once the baking soda is off, you can then start to scrub by using a scrubber that is safe for rubber. If you do not have that kind of scrubber, you can use a towel with a slightly rough texture.
Leave your boots to dry under the powerful rays of the sun.
What if You Have No Time to Deep Clean Your Boots?
There are also other ways in which you can remove the smell of smoke without going through the two-day process of airing it out, using baking soda, and scrubbing. The following are just quick fixes, so do keep in mind that you still need to scrub your rain boots.
All you have to do in this method is to abundantly spray your boots with fabric conditioner and expose them to air and put them under the sun. However, the fabric conditioner does not really do well against bacteria since it is only used to disguise the smell.
For this, you need coffee grounds and a place to store them where their smell can still permeate. You can use stockings, old potpourri pouches, or a jewelry bags. All you just have to do is to place the coffee grounds in the pouch and put it in your boots. The grounds can absorb the smell of smoke, and at the same time, it can neutralize the smell of the boots. You can leave it overnight or until you have to use your boots again.
This is not really the ideal solution as vinegar can react differently to rubber; hence, you first have to test it out on a small part to make sure that it will not destroy your boots. What you need to do is to mix half part of white vinegar to one part of water. Place the solution in a clean spray bottle and spritz your boots with the mixture, and then air dry.
The use of vinegar is also another way of disinfecting your boots; however, the smell of vinegar can still linger for at least three days. Nonetheless, it will eventually go away. Take note also that mixing vinegar with baking soda is a no-no because it might create a chemical reaction, which might be harmful to the different materials used in the construction of your rain boots.
What are the Ways to Prolong the Cleanliness of Your Rain Boots?
Your rain boots will be constantly exposed to dirt and bad smell, and cleaning and treating them all the time is both tedious and time-consuming. Below are some tips that you can follow.
- After use, immediately wipe down the exterior with a cloth soaked in a bit of mild soap and water. No need to rinse, but just dry it out with another clean cloth.
- If the boots have detachable inner linings, take them out after use. Do not let them dry inside the boot.
- If you are using socks, do not leave your socks inside the boots. This is a surefire way to develop mildew and fungus.
- Store them in a dark and dry location so that the quality of the rubber can be preserved. Only air them out under the sun when you are deep cleaning them.
- You can buy a rubber conditioner and apply it to your boots once a week to reinforce the synthetic coat on the rubber.
- If there is too much moisture inside your boots, you can chuck in a bit of rice to absorb the moisture. Silica packets can also work.
- Do not let those scuffs go out of hand. When you see one, you can get rid of them by using an eraser.
There are a lot of ways to get the smell of smoke out of your rain boots, but definitely, there is only one way on how you can deep clean them. It should probably be done thrice a month especially if it is the rainy season. Do take note that in between deep cleans, you can exercise caution by doing the shortcuts that we provided.