If you work in construction or any other industry that requires the use of heavy machinery, steel toe boots are likely an important part of your everyday wear. Ultra-stong and designed to withstand the elements, leather steel toe boots protect workers' feet from the impact of heavy and/or sharp objects, such as nails.
While the steel inserts at the tops of the boots prevent toes from being crushed, the footwear may also offer other features to protect and comfort hardworking feet. Some steel toe boots feature arch support, or you can purchase the inserts separately and place them inside the shoes.
Another way that steel toe boots can protect workers from job site hazards is with thick rubber traction on their soles. Unlike smooth-soled footwear, the considerable traction on the bottoms of most steel toe boots can prevent injuries from slips and falls.
It's important to take good care of your steel toe boots so that they perform well and last as long as possible. They will also treat your feet better and have a more comfortable fit when maintained properly.
Following are some tips for caring for your steel toe boots:
1. Keep your boots dry. Like all leather products, it's important to keep your steel toe boots as dry as possible. If you're working out in the rain or any other wet condition, dry the leather boots with a clean, dry absorbent cloth, such as a chamois or microfiber rag, as soon as possible. Also, store the boots in a dry location away from sunlight, which can degrade the leather quality and cause cracking.
It's also a good idea to protect your investments with a waterproofing treatment. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and apply the product as often as recommended, such as weekly or monthly.
2. Clean your boots on an as-needed basis. After working in muddy or other dirty conditions, wipe your boots down with a water-based cleaning agent and a soft cloth. You can work off stubborn debris, especially around thick seams, using a nylon-bristled brush.
Avoid using cleaning products that contain petroleum, which can damage leather. Also, avoid using any type of heat on your steel toe boots.
3. Freshen up your boots' interiors on a regular basis. Long days on the job site can leave your boots feeling and smelling not-so-fresh. First, remove any insoles from the footwear and wipe them down with a warm water and gentle dishwashing detergent mixture.
Next, dampen a cloth with the soapy solution and gently wipe down the insides of your boots. Allow the footwear to thoroughly dry, and then spray the insides with an odor protector or treat them with a sprinkle or two of odor- and moisture-absorbing baking soda.
Contact a company like Industrial Shoe Company for more information and assistance.Share
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