Has anyone shown you how to dry boots quickly and easily?
Well, drying boots is quite time-consuming if you do not know the right way.
But if you know the right methods, you will find it super easy.
And that’s exactly what I’m about to share with you today.
Let’s get started with…
What Should You Do Firstly?
1. Remember to scrub all the mud and dirt off. If necessary, you can use a clean brush or towel to clean them thoroughly.
This step ensures cleanness after drying. Also, you can prevent discoloration.
2. Don’t forget to remove the laces.
Many people are in the habit of keeping the laces in their boots, but this might not end well for the color of the area behind those laces after the drying phase. Besides, you should take off the insoles as well so that you can dry boots faster.
Although it will take you a while to tie shoelaces, drying quickly is more important, right?
3. Always lay out a towel on the floor where you dry them. Impure water can drip from them amid the process.
But if you do not plan on doing the drying indoors, this step is quite unnecessary.
6 Useful Methods to Know About
Using A Dryer
Do you think that investing in a dryer is unnecessary and luxurious?
Well, we hate to break it to you, but as much as a splurge as it sounds, a boot dryer can be an utterly important item.
If you have to work all day outdoors, a dryer will ensure clean and dried shoes every morning before you go to work.
When you own a dryer, all you need to do is to put them on the top of the drying shoots. Then, leave them overnight or for a while. Because the temperature of the dryer is not too high, you don’t need to worry about your beloved boots getting damaged after all that time.
On the next day, they will be ready for you to put on.
Using Old Newspaper
If you cannot afford a dryer, using old newspapers is also an effective way.
You will need to prepare lots of papers before starting your work though. Here are the instructions:
- Remove the laces and insoles
- Put old newspapers inside as much as possible.
- Wrap some more around so that the process is quicker.
- Keep an eye on and replace the newspapers if you find them soaked with water.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until yours is dry.
In this way with old newspapers, it may take a longer time. Nevertheless, it is simple, and much, much budget-friendly than any method you can possibly find. Hence, it is a method that you should try.
Using The Towel
Like the newspaper method, using cloth is also a useful way. The step during the process is the same as that of using old newspapers.
- Take off the laces and insoles
- Tuck the towel in and wrap one around them.
- You can place them with towels in front of a fan to dry faster.
- Take out the towel and replace another one if it gets wet.
- Repeat the process until your shoes are completely dry.
If you want to save time, you can use both newspapers and towels to make the process faster.
Have you heard of using rice to absorb moisture in a phone dropped in the water? No? Well, you have now! Rice works very, very well with wet boots.
If you find that unbelievable, why not leave your boot in rice and see how things turn out? The result might take you by surprise. Here are the instructions for you:
- Find something that can contain rice, for example, a plastic bin or a bucket.
- Fill the container with rice (about 1 inch high).
- Place them on the rice and seal the container if possible.
- Leave them overnight or for some hours.
This is a way that you don’t need to take much effort, but have a result as expected.
Using A Fan
Using a fan is also a recommended method for you. And here are all the steps you should know :
- Remove the laces and insoles
- Spread a towel under the fan to absorb the water
- Use a wire with the S-shape to hang them in front of the fan
- Turn the fan on at the highest speed and leave them there until they are entirely dry
It may take you a few hours or more, so be patient.
Drying With The Sun
Compared to the above methods, drying with the Sun is more straightforward and does not take too much effort and time.
You will only need to take off all the laces and insoles; then, put them in a sunny place. The Sun will take care of the rest. They need about 5 – 6 hours to dry under direct sunlight. While waiting for your shoes to dry, you can focus on other tasks.
It doesn’t waste your time, right?
Some Tips For You
Don’t Place Your Boots Too Close To Heat Sources
Many people want to dry in the shortest time, so they usually try to use some kinds of heat source having a too high temperature, for example, a dryer. Moreover, they tend to put them too close to the heat source.
Although doing that helps to dry boots more quickly, it can leave a bad influence. If yours are affected by too much heat, its lifespan may be shortened.
Therefore, remember to avoid this.
Don’t Dry In A Narrow Area
A large and airy space is essential for the drying process. Hence, a narrow area will make the process last longer. Besides, if your shoes are not dried in a well-ventilated environment, they may end up with an unpleasant smell.
Don’t Stop The Work Until It’s Completely Over
Drying them is not the only job you need to do. You should also recondition them with some functional boots oil so that your boots will last for a longer time.
Moreover, it also helps to create better protection for the leather. Hence, don’t miss out on it!
It’s hard for your boots to dry naturally, so you had better follow these methods above to save your time.
Steve Oddvar Vicantas is a professional electrician and building inspector who loves writing about work boots, work safety, and everything in between. He is also a part-time blogger when he has spare time.