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Caring for your MerryPeople Gumboots

Caring for your MerryPeople Gumboots

The Ultimate Guide to Gumboots Care

UPDATED APRIL 2023

Product Button for Merry People Bobbi Gumboots.  Image shows a pair of beetroot boots with a link to the Bobbi Gumboots product page

Merry People Bobbi Gumboots are designed to be stylish yet functional, making them perfect for everyday wear and weekend outings. They are made from high-quality rubber and neoprene, which provides durability, flexibility, and waterproof protection, ensuring your feet stay dry even in wet conditions.

Here is a few quick, easy tips to keep your boots in great condition for longer.

WET BOOTS

If you get water inside your boots, the easiest way to dry them is pat the inside dry with some hand towel, and then stuff the inside with newspaper and store upside down somewhere dry for 24hrs.  Repeat if necessary.

 

Person wearing Black Bobbi Gumboots by Merry People standing in water

STORAGE

Merry People boots are made from a ‘natural rubber’, which is soft and can crack and fade with continuous exposure to the sun.  It’s recommended that you store your boots inside away from direct sunlight when not being used.

Bobbi Gumboots by Merry People sitting on a shoe rack.

CLEANING YOUR BOOTS 

Over time dried dirt and mud on your boots can cause the rubber to dry out.  This can lead to cracks and discolouration, so we recommend cleaning your boots regularly with a cloth and warm soapy water.

HELP! MY BOOTS HAVE WHITE CHALKY MARKS, WHAT IS THAT?

This sounds like blooming, which can happen in rubber goods in a natural way. Silicone can be used to remedy this, reducing the white markings and keeping your boots moisturised, which will restore their colour.

You'll require;

Along with a dry cloth or paper towel, use silicone spray or oil. Most hardware and outdoor stores carry silicone spray, which is also available in our Merry People Care Kit.

Directions;

A clean cloth or piece of paper should be dipped into a tiny amount of silicone solution. Wipe the cloth over the boots in a circular motion, starting at the top of the boot and working your way down, one section at a time. Avoid stepping on the boot soles, and pay special attention to places that have more blossoming.

Do this repeatedly until the rubber has absorbed all of the silicone. The blossoming should no longer be there if you allow the boots to dry completely. Repeat the process if there are any open spots.

TREATING GUMBOOTS

We suggest using a silicone based product to treat your boots, which you can find at a hardware or auto store.  This will protect your boots from moisture.

RECOMMENDED USE

Merry People gumboots are designed to be a fashionable lifestyle boot; they are not designed to be a work or safety boot.

Woman crossing the road in a pair of Mustard colour Bobbi Gumboots by Merry People

The rubber tread can be slippery on particular surfaces, such as polished concrete, ice, and wet wood - so please take care.  If you require extra grip on your boots, we recommend a product called “traction spray”, available at most local hardware stores. 

Love them?  Then look after them so they’re with you for many years to come!

 Product Button for Merry People Bobbi Gumboots.  Image shows a pair of beetroot boots with a link to the Bobbi Gumboots product page

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