Taking good care of your GORE-TEX footwear is easy. We'll show you tips on cleaning your GORE-TEX footwear properly. Be sure to carefully follow the footwear manufacturer’s instructions too.
Things You'll Need
Cloth or brush • Lukewarm water • Boot drier (optional) • Stain remover (optional) • Water Repellent Treatment (optional)
- Remove the laces, then shake out sand, gravel, and dirt from inside the footwear.
- If possible, remove and shake out the foot bed or insole.
- Brush off loose dirt with a sponge or brush.
- Then use lukewarm water with a small amount of liquid detergent.
- For leather shoes, check manufacturer's instructions.
- Don't use bleach.
- Don't wash in the washing machine.
- Dry naturally at moderate temperatures.
- Avoid direct heat.
- Don't let the footwear stay wet too long.
- Convection-style boot dryers work well.
- Once water no longer beads and runs off, re-apply a durable water repellent (DWR).
- Use a water-based restorative, available as a pump-spray.
- Don't use waterproofing waxes or greases, as they can affect your footwear's breathability.
If needed, scent-eliminating sprays, and cover scents can be used on GORE-TEX Scent Control Footwear. Used correctly, they will not affect the properties of the GORE-TEX membrane. Use unscented liquid detergent and wash as per regular GORE-TEX footwear.
Whether it’s mud, oil, or something more mysterious, follow the footwear manufacturer's instructions to remove stains. Only use recommended products. We don't recommend using stain removers - only liquid detergents.