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How to Clean Timberland Boots with Vinegar

How to Clean Timberland Boots with Vinegar

Timberland boots epitomize footwear fashion. They are the most comfortable and efficient boots for both work and casual wear. While leather boots are easy to clean, Timberland boots need special care since they are made of delicate suede.

This should not discourage you from using your Timberland boots and getting them murky. You can clean them to keep them spotless and in perfect shape. In this article, we will explore how to clean Timberland boots with vinegar. To begin with, let us look at why vinegar helps clean Timberland boots.

Reasons for Using Vinegar to Clean Timberland Boots

  •       Vinegar is easy to apply. Unlike most cleaning products that take a lot of time and effort to use, you need less than 10 minutes to clean your Timberland boots effectively using vinegar.
  •       It is cost-effective. Most homeowners have vinegar in their homes since it is cheap, available in stores, and highly effective as a cleaning agent. Most cleaning products are costly and give poorer results than vinegar.
  •       Vinegar is safe. Most commercial cleaning products are chemical-based. The chemicals may be too harsh to fabrics like the suede used to make Timberland boots. On the other hand, vinegar is safe since it is a natural product. It is harmless to the fabric and your hands.

Now that you know why you should use vinegar to clean your Timberland boots, let us look at the methods to follow when cleaning the shoes. We will look at 2 ways you can use vinegar to clean your Timberland boots.

Using Vinegar and Water

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • A cupful of clean water
  • A soft brush
  • A clean fiber cloth or soft rag


  1. Prepare your Timberland boots by dusting off any loose dirt by slapping them on the floor and then wiping them with a dry cloth. Ensure the bottom of your Timberland boots is clean. Scrub them with a soft-bristled brush to remove any murk lodged in the grooves of the sole.
  2. Remove the insole and laces to wash them separately.
  3. Put a cup of clean water in a basin and mix with a tablespoon of white vinegar. Stir the mixture.
  4. Using a fiber cloth or clean, soft rag, apply the vinegar solution on your Timberland boots. Avoid wetting the suede boots too much since the suede cover is not friendly to water.

Too much water damages it and leaves unsightly water stains. Leave the vinegar solution on your shoes for about 5 minutes.

  1. As the shoes are soaking in vinegar, wash the shoelaces and insoles with clean water and a detergent. Rinse them and hang them to air dry.
  2. Use the fiber cloth to wipe the vinegar solution from your Timberland boots. If you notice any stubborn stains, repeat the process and rub the stained area harder when applying the vinegar solution. This helps the vinegar to percolate into the fabric and dissolve the stains
  3. Remember to wipe the inside of your boots with a soft, wet cloth. While the inner part of your Timberland boots may not be murky, it absorbs your sweat whenever you have the Timberland boots on. Wiping helps to freshen up them and dissipate any odors that may be building up in your boots.
  4. Leave your boots to air dry. Avoid drying them under the hot sun as this may make the suede over dry and discolor.

This procedure works when the boots are not stained. If the boots have big stains that you have struggled to remove without success, consider using this next procedure.

Using Vinegar and Talcum Powder

You will need:

  • A tablespoonful of white vinegar
  • A cup of clean water
  • Talcum powder
  • Baby wipe
  • A slice of bread
  • A soft-bristled brush
  • A clean cotton cloth
  • Water and detergent to clean and rinse the laces and insoles


  1. Remove the laces and insoles and soak them in water.
  2. Slap your boots on a hard surface to loosen all the murk. Remove dirt from the furrows on the sole with a soft brush, and then wipe off any dust from the boots with your baby wipes. The baby wipes are gentle on the suede, and they leave them slightly moist to absorb talcum powder.
  3. Sprinkle a generous layer of talcum powder on the boots and rub them using your slice of bread. Use more force on areas with more scuff marks. Leave the boots covered with powder overnight or for at least 4 hours. The powder dissolves any oil and water-based stains from the suede fabric.
  4. Wash your Timberland boots laces and midsole, rinse and hang to dry.
  5. Mix the vinegar and water. Using your cotton cloth, soak the boots in the white vinegar solution. Rub them gently with the rag to dissolve any visible stains. In case the talcum powder soils the cloth, rinse it in the vinegar solution before wiping the boots clean.
  6. Put the boots out to dry naturally. If you can avoid leaving them under direct sunlight, your Timberland boots will retain their color and shape for longer.


Timberland is premium boots that exemplify fashion. You can wear them to your casual events or work. Whenever they get murky, you can clean them in a simple procedure using vinegar. Vinegar is safe, cheap, and effective in cleaning suede fabric used to construct Timberland boots.

In one procedure, you soak the boots in a white vinegar solution and wipe them with a soft cloth, and then let them dry. This is appropriate when the boots are not stained.

In the second procedure, you cover the boots in talcum powder and leave them for at least 4 hours. After the 4 hours, you rub them with a soft cloth soaked in your vinegar solution, then wipe and dry them. Remember to dust the shoes before cleaning them. Also, wash the midsole and laces separately.