How to Clean Timberland Boots With Soap and Water

A good pair of Timberland boots is going to cost you a substantial amount of money.

Therefore, you need to know how to take good care of it. And this can be as simple as learning how to clean Timberland boots with soap and water.

If you make a habit of cleaning the shoes often, every cleaning session will be short and easy.

Keep reading here for actionable tips and step-by-step process for cleaning your Timberland boots.

Can you clean your Timberlands with soap and water?

Most definitely, you can do that. In fact, it is recommended that you clean the boots with water and soap. Of course, you will need more items such as a clean piece of cloth or towel, an old toothbrush and some other items. We will look at later.

Timberland boots come in nubuck leather or suede. Both clean easily in water and soap. In the coming section, we will look at all the things that you need for cleaning your boots. The best thing is that you can use household items for cleaning the boots.

Items that you need for cleaning your boots

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Dish washing soap
  • Lemon juice or lemon
  • Cream of tartar
  • Small basin
  • Gum remover/Gum eraser
  • Drying sheets

Step 1: Inspect the Timberland boots

Inspect the boots. Look for any spots that may need special attention. Cleaning Timberland boots is not as simple as tossing them in the sink and scrubbing away. You have to know what sort of dirt you are dealing with. 

If the boots have stuck dirt on them, remove that first. You can knock them against each other so that any mud flakes fall away. Don’t forget to clean the bottom of the shoes, the soles.

Because of the treads, most of the solid dirt is going to be stuck there. Remove it by using a blunt stick or a blunt piece of metal. This will help you scrub the dirt away without damaging the soles of the boots.

Once the hard dirt is gone, it is time to move on to the next step.

Step 2: Use the gum eraser to remove spots

Check the boots for any visible spots. You can then use the gum eraser to remove the spots. Just rub at them gently and in a circular motion.

The reason for doing this is so that you can make the cleaning process easier. Take care not to press the boot too hard while rubbing it.

Step 3: Treating a greasy stain

If the boots have a greasy stain, they require a little extra treatment. Therefore, take some cornmeal and apply it on the greasy spot.

You can press it lightly into the leather with your hands and let it settle in for a few minutes. You can then brush it off with your toothbrush so that the morsels fall off. The grease will be soaked by the cornmeal.

Step 4: Using vinegar

Take a clean piece of cotton rag and apply white vinegar on it. You should use it to dab at any area with stains on the boots and then leave them for some time to dry up. Vinegar dissolves most stains and it leaves the nubuck or the suede leather intact.

Step 5: Using a toothbrush

You can take a toothbrush and brush the boots lightly so that you can remove any dust. However, note that this method is only appropriate for suede shoes. However, you may even try it on the leather shoes as long as you brush lightly with a soft-bristled brush.

How to clean your Timberland boots with soap and water

Cleaning your Timberland boots with water and soap is easy. This is recommended for leather shoes.

Other ways to clean your timberland would with the use of baking soda, using vinegar, and removing oil stains

Step 1: Lukewarm water and soap

You will need lukewarm water and dish-washing soap. Pour the water in a small basin or bowl and then pour in the dish-washing soap.

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Take a clean piece of cloth and dip it in the soapy water. Squeeze off the extra water and then wipe the wet cloth on the surface of the boots continuously until they are clean.

Step 2: Lemon juice and cream of tartar

Add a small amount of lemon juice and a small amount of tartar cream into a small bowl. You can then mix the two thoroughly. You can then take a piece of cotton cloth, dip it in the mixture and then wipe it across the boots.

Let the boots stay for some time on the boots and then wipe them with a dry piece of cloth. Because of the acid content in the solution, it will clean the stains away.

Step 3: Applying soap

Take regular body soap and lather it up under running water so that it is completely wet. You can then wipe the soap with wet piece of cotton cloth and then wipe the cloth on the boot in circles.

Leave the boots to dry and let the moisturizing soap do its job of moisturizing the leather. This leaves the boots feeling soft and clean.

Step 4: Giving your boots a shine

Use baby wipes to wipe the surface of the boots so that you can remove any light dirt remaining on the surface of the boots. This will also enhance their shine a bit and leave them looking as good as new.

How to deep clean your Timberland boots

You may have noticed that the above cleaning processes are just for light cleaning the boots. In this section, you are going to see how to deep clean your Timberland boots. It is recommended that you deep clean your boots once a month. This keeps the boots fresh and it enhances their lifespan.

The first thing is to prepare your boots for cleaning. First, remove the laces, the insoles and the superficial dirt. You also need to remove the dirt stuck on the soles. You can then clean the soles with a toothbrush or a soft bristled brush until they are clean.

The reason for cleaning the soles first is so that you do not make the upper part of the boots dirtier than they already are.

Can you clean Timberland boots in a washing machine? It is recommended that you clean them manually so that you can inspect them for wear and tear.

Besides, a cleaning machine cannot remove spots but you can concentrate on them and remove them thoroughly.

To clean the upper parts of the boots, use a clean piece of cloth soaked in clean water and then wipe away in circular motions.

You should then air-dry the boots for a few hours or for as long as necessary. It is important that you do not dry them in direct sunshine so that they do not form water spots.


You have seen how to clean Timberland boots with soap and water. It is simple and should not take too much of your time. Make a habit of cleaning your boots regularly so that you can enhance their lifespan.