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    I've got a pair of Haix leather lace-up boots that's getting pretty scuffed and dried out. What do you do to care for your boots when they get in rough shape and it's going to be a while before you get another pair. Can you use regular boot polish or mink oil? We used to have LaCrosse rubber pull on boots but switched about a year ago. Thanks for the help!

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    Candle wax for the laces. Other than that I wouldn't use anything. They might look rough but they will do the job.

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    I've always been a fan of mink oil. It keeps the leather soft and helps to water-proof it too.
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    Most of the manufacturers recommend that you use saddle soap at least annually. You should do this whenever you have to clean your boots. Also, polish them to preserve the leather. Shoe polish is not flammable, no concerns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quietone View Post
    I've got a pair of Haix leather lace-up boots that's getting pretty scuffed and dried out. What do you do to care for your boots when they get in rough shape and it's going to be a while before you get another pair. Can you use regular boot polish or mink oil? We used to have LaCrosse rubber pull on boots but switched about a year ago. Thanks for the help!
    Had Haix boots for 2 years now and the tube polish that they provide is great stuff.

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    On all of my Warringtons I use kiwi shoe polish after applying mink oil. I have a pair that has lasted five years now. Some guys on my shift are on there third set of the same boot due to them not taking care of them.

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    I give mine a treatment of mink oil about twice a year.

    Has worked for me for 3 years now and they are in very good shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbrescue View Post
    Shoe polish is not flammable, no concerns.
    What brand do you use? I apply kiwi polish to my work shoes. To aid in softening up the polish, I apply a match to the polish and it burns readily if not quickly extinguished by capping the can with the lid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geinandputitout View Post
    What brand do you use? I apply kiwi polish to my work shoes. To aid in softening up the polish, I apply a match to the polish and it burns readily if not quickly extinguished by capping the can with the lid.
    Try lighting it AFTER it's been applied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbrescue View Post
    Most of the manufacturers recommend that you use saddle soap at least annually. You should do this whenever you have to clean your boots. Also, polish them to preserve the leather. Shoe polish is not flammable, no concerns.
    Uhhh, wanna think about that again? I got a scorched garage floor that begs to differ.
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    OK, fellas. Yes you can light polish on fire when it is still moist. Try it when it is dry and it should be fine. The same argument can be made for spray paint.
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    Bees-wax works well. I use leather furniture upholstery stuff - I also use it on my bike leathers. And another multiple use item? The spray-on bike chain lube for the zip on the boots (used sparingly). Yes my boots have been in some BLOODY hot places and no, they haven't caught fire - yet...

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