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Friday, December 17, 2010

Blooming Boots

Like many MoS readers, I love my Hunter boots, especially since it's snowy and slushy out. But for the last few months mine have shown signs of "blooming," where the rubber turns a powdery looking gray.
Does anyone know how to get rid if this and/or prevent it? I'd love my black boots back!

8 comments:

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I read that there is a product, sold by Hunter, for that. I also read that you can rub olive oil on them and that does the same thing for a little less.

Honestly, though, I kind of like it now. I got my Hunters before they were picked up by Nordstrom and the like, so I look at my blooming as weathering. :)

LC said...

Hi MoS girls! I had the same problem with my navy Hunters... Hunter now makes a spray you can buy to rub into the boots to restore the glossy luster, which works great. Another option is to take canola oil on a paper towel and rub your boots with it- the bloom should come off almost immediately, and then you can just rinse them. It's essentially a waxy buildup the boot produces to protect itself from the elements... so you can combat it with simple vegetable oil! That's what I did in the years before they made the boot spray. Good luck! :)

Meredith said...

i have the black hunter boots and and i have always used armor all wipes like you would use for your car. works like a charm!

Nina said...

Armor All is GREAT on rubber boots. I haven't used it on my Hunter's, but cleaned up an old pair of negelected Aigle rubber riding boots with it and they came out looking like new. I got a spray bottle of it at Target for about $3.

Also, I think I read that wiping down Hunters with a warm, damp washcloth should take some of the white film away, so that might be worth a shot first, before you buy anything.

Beverly said...

I just read your post and was going to sheepishly recommend "ArmorAll", thinking everyone would laugh - but it appears two others have beat me to that recommendation. I would try it - you probably have some in the garage! Beverly

Danielle.freshquince said...

I personally wouldn't do ArmorAll b/c it is not the most earth friendly product out there and I don't think you want to track that into your home or anyone else's. Olive oil, shea butter or coconut oil should do the trick just fine.

Sara said...

I have the same problem with my black Hunter boots. Hunter "Boot Buffer" works beautifully. My boots look brand new! You can find the product on Hunter's website, Neiman Marcus or Zappos online for $12.

Sara said...

I have the same problem with my black Hunter boots. Hunter "Boot Buffer" works beautifully. My boots look brand new. You can find the product on Hunter's website, Neiman Marcus or Zappos online for $12.

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