We recommend wearing your denim for as long as possible, but eventually there will come a time that it needs a wash because, let's face it, if you can smell it, everyone else can too.
- Fill tub or sink with enough cold water to fully cover the denim.
- Add 4-5 cups of distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent, disinfectant, and deodorizer. It also sets dark colors like indigo or black. Since it's not a detergent and has no fragrance, it's better for the environment as well as your skin.
- Turn the denim inside out. Rub or agitate the water around the areas of your denim which has the heaviest soiling (I.E. seat, knees, cuffs). Allow denim to soak for 20 minutes.
- Refill tub or sink with cold water only. This will be the final rinse. Soak the denim again for another 20 minutes.
- Remove denim from water and hang to dry. If you hang it inside, place an old towel down to catch any of the excess water and indigo drip. Once dry, the denim will be clean and smell like new again.
We recommend repeating the procedure every 6 months. However, depending on where you live and how hard you wear your denim, 3 months is also acceptable. Our denim washing procedure applies to denim shirts and jackets as well. While there are many methods for cleaning your denim, this is our version which all of us at shop like to use. Try out different ways as well and choose one which works for you! Enjoy!
Generally, using your belt and wallet on a daily basis allow them to soak up enough natural oil. Yours. Every now and then, give them a light coating of Red Wing oil, conditioner, or Bear Grease. Let it dry for 24 hours after applying. Beware that using a conditioner or oil will darken the leather. Apply with a brush, soft cloth or fingers. Give them a nice buff with a clean brush or cloth as well.
*Always test care products on a small area before use
Leather is a skin. Like any type of skin, it requires cleaning and conditioning from time to time. Most new leather products already have enough oil embedded into them to protect it, but from age and wear, this protectant dries out.
- Make sure the leather is clean and dry. For boots, remove the laces as well as any mud, dust, and debris with a stiff brush or damp cloth.
- Allow to dry
- Use Red Wing leather cleaner and rub in with your hands or a soft cotton cloth. This will remove build-up, dirt, and other grime.
- Wipe away with a fresh cloth
- Let dry
- Apply Red Wing leather conditioner or Bear Grease with a dauber brush and work into the leather while paying special attention to the seams and welt.
- Buff with a shoe brush and finish with a soft cloth if you desire a bit of a luster.
- Allow 24 hours for the conditioner to soak in and dry.
Use a cedar shoe tree to help keep the shape of the toe area and help dry out the boot after wear. Cedar is also a delightfully aromatic and fights odors!
While waxing a bit of cotton, canvas or twill may seem intimidating, we assure you that it's not. Here are a few steps to make it easy and to do it correctly.
- Start with a clean surface
- Heat the fabric with a hair dryer to warm it up a little bit. This will help the fabric absorb the wax.
- Rub a bar of Otter Wax along the fabric. Be careful around the seams. If you go over a seam, it will grab a chunk of wax and will make spreading the wax difficult.
- Work the wax in with your fingers. Make a nice even coat, then use your hair dryer to help heat the applied wax and allow it to soak in evenly into the fabric.
- Let the fabric dry and the wax to soak in. It will take a few days for the stickiness to go away, but after all, it is a waterproofing treatment.
The waxing or re-waxing treatment will always darken the fabric up a little bit as well as add a luster. Be sure to test it on a small area to see if you like it and how the fabric reacts. To clean, use a cold damp cloth and gently rub on the soiled area. Re-applying wax isn't necessary too often unless you machine wash the piece you waxed or wear it everyday. Once or twice a year is acceptable.