November 17, 2009

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my Hunter boots! Mainly because I have a question to pose to you. Many of you have similar boots (if you don't, I highly recommend them) and I'm wondering how to clean them. They're supposed to be purple, but they're badly discoloured from the salt last winter when I used and abused them in the snow.

I read somewhere that white vinegar cleans salt stains off winter boots; I tried it and it didn't really work. So I'm wondering, can anyone offer any tips or advice for my pretty purple boots?

41 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I can't offer any advice in the boots cleaning department.. but i can tell you that this is an adorable outfit.. so playful and chic even with the discolured boots!

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  2. Hmm not sure, I just remember the rule that rubber boots should be washed under running cool water....

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  3. Cute outfit; love that dress and cardi combination.

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  4. The white marks shouldn't be salt stains. Its called blooming and its because there is a protective layer of wax on the boot, and the blooming happens because its exposed to certain whether conditions,which creates the white marks. You can probably just wipe it off with a warm damp cloth. But this happens to a lot of Hunter boots because they use natural materials. Hope that helps! By the way, I love the vintage dress! :)

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  5. Yeah, I have no advice. But the hair is fantastic! The nice thing about this style is that it can look innocent (like in this post) and it can look FIERCE!

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  6. I personally like the weathered-down look that Hunter boots always seem to end up with. Love the patterned tights, btw. Take care of them! (Don't you just hate snags?)

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  7. Hehe you look so cute! I like how you layered the dress with the cardy and belt.

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  8. Your dress is fab! Love your style! I am following you:)

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  9. love the wellies and the belted cardigan. Perf!

    x.katie

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  10. try olive oil! it makes them nice and shiny... i took mine out this weekend and had the same problem - completely white and yucky looking! i was tempted to go and buy a new pair until i read online that olive oil takes off the white marks. you can buy a special cleaner that is supposed to work as well.

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  11. Love your outfit!!!! And I NEED to buy a pair of Hunter boots!
    xxx
    Emilie

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  12. Would you like to exchange links?

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  13. I work at aldo. Im not sure of the material of those boots. I think there a rubber or something. But if you go into a shoe store and show or explain the boot they should give u the right cleaner. We sell this really good one that i use on all my boots during the winter. its specifically for salt stains. and it works awesome! You can go to any shoe repair as well.

    http://moneyinmycloset.blogspot.com/

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  14. Love this look! Hunter boots rock!!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  15. boo, no advice here except for i kinda like the weathered look... show's you've been places, they have a good story to tell. I also like the broach/necklace combo; very suiting on you :)

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  16. I love your ensemble:) you wear purple well !

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  17. Water? I would ask my mom... moms have the best solutions for cleaning and stuff. :)

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  18. Sadly I don't have a pair YET :) so I can't help :( but they are super cute with this outfit. Love the ditzy floral print.

    xoxo
    J

    www.talkprettytome.blogspot.com

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  19. You look fantastic. I love that outfit. It's so beautiful. Hope you're having a great week. Cheers!

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  20. OMG! YOU look sooo pretty! I luv the purple I have just the drab olive green Hunters. THANKS for posting this question because I too was wondering how to clean them!:))
    xoxox,
    Gerri

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  21. Your outfit is so lovely and I adore those boots!! I wish I could give you tips on how to clean them, but I'm equally as clueless. Lol.

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  22. Oh you look so pretty in that!!! And well I don't have any cleaning tip for your boots since my winter can barely be called a winter! Take care and good luck with your boots :D

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  23. WOW!
    you look incredible!
    I love this boots! I have to buy it!
    Your dress it's fantastic and the cardigan it's just perfect in this outfit!
    xoxo!:)

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  24. Hey Niki,
    I absolutely love your outfit here! I dont know how to clean boots unfortunately but google is always helpful when in doubt. BTW, your bangs are really cool! - Natalya of Wear Necessities

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  25. great boots

    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  26. i have no idea how to clean boots :( i have a pair of bright yellow wellies from j.crew from last season that i've neglected... yikes!

    xo.
    princesspolitico

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  27. Oh god I (unfortunately) remember last winter, it was awful and I hope we don't have to re-live the horror again this year. Your poor boots! But you definitely got A LOT of use out of them, that's for sure. Sorry hun, I was going to suggest the vinegar but it seems you've already tried it and it didn't work. On the upside, you look gorgeous! I love seeing your new hair with a new outfit - could you be anymore chic? The print on that vintage dress reminds me of that dress by erin wasson x rvca. I love how you paired the dress with the long cardigan and white tights! Good luck finding a remedy for your boots, I hope you find something that works!

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  28. love this outfit and love the new hair! the boots are such a fun colour but i really don't mind the weathered look at all!

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  29. Yay another Canadian! Great blog! I am super jealous of your boots, where did you get them? I've been on the lookout for the perfect pair. xo em

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  30. i know this may sound wierd, but i kind of like the cloudy effect...it makes the boots unique and plays up that whole tie die trend that's been present for the last little while..But, should you really want to get rid of the white marks, try oil or maybe even just warm water!

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  31. yay your hair! cute outfit! i don't have hunter boots, so sorry, i can't help with this one. good luck with it though!

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  32. just a note to any one who's considering buying hunter boots in the next little while.... check out ebay for a pair! i got brand new, authentic ones for 21$ cnd.... even though they are definitely worth spending 150$, especially if you live in vancouver!!!

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  33. hey nikki :)

    this is odd... but you might want to try swimsuit cleaner.
    i know. like i said odd.
    but that stuff takes out everything.
    takes out chlorine and salt water. so that might work for you.
    swimco has them for 5.50 before tax for a small bottle.
    i've taken food off carpet, pen marks off shirts, wash delicates and knits. everything.

    probably best to soak your boots with some cleaner and cold water.
    or put the cleaner on a sponge or something and run some cold water and rubs it.

    :) hope this helps!

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  34. Like The Savvy Frugalista said, the white marks are from blooming and it's not salt, it's some sort of oil. I heard that olive oil works but I had to use a lot of it to get some of the white stains off. I would suggest make-up wipes or make-up remover. It worked on my Hunters and is a cheaper alternative.

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  35. I had the same problem with mine, and I found the solution in a beer bottle! Try pouring a little bit of beer on the boot, letting it soak for a few minutes, then wipe it clean. Something about the carbonatin or yeast maybe? It worked like a charm for me--give it a try!

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  36. taken from hunter boots website:

    "Occasionally, it is possible that white marks will appear on your Hunter wellington boots. This is a phenomenon called 'blooming' and is your boots attempting to protect themselves from environmental damage.

    Every Hunter wellington boot is made from 100% natural ingredients and small amounts of wax are included in the rubber compound during the vulcanisation process that is used to make each pair. When exposed to certain environmental factors, this wax can "bloom" to the surface and appear as white or blue marks.

    This is not a defect with the boots, and is completely natural. If this does happen, you can wipe this blooming clean with a warm, damp cloth. Also, Hunter recommend Hunter UV Tech* to maintain the ‘like new' look of your Hunter Rubber Boots and help to preserve flexibility and colour by providing essential plasticising oils lost by the degrading effects of the sun. Click here to buy Hunter UV Tech* online now."

    Okay, I realize you won't be able to find Hunter UV Tech but if you go to Mountain Equipment Co-op you'll be able to find this:

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442620572&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302700925&bmUID=1259041190693

    I used it on my navy hunters and they came out looking shiny and new! The product is meant for various rubber materials!

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  37. wow, thanks everyone for such great advice! I definitely have plenty of things to try thanks to you guys :)

    x Niki

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  38. love the outfit. Don't know much about cleaning the boots....but, did you just get a full fringe? pretty sure you didn't have that before... Anyway, I like it, it suits you :)

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  39. The cleaner from Mountain Equipment Co-op works 100%!! I've used it on 2 paris of boots. Just spray on the UV protector and scrub with a cloth. It should also prevent it from happening again. Hope it works!!

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