Though they are made to withstand rough terrain and even rougher exposure to the elements, one of the most annoying feelings is uncomfortably walking around with wet boots. Aside from this, working with wet boots also runs the risk of developing blisters, sores, or even fungi on your feet. Fortunately, there are a lot of helpful ways you can dry your boots yourself.
How to safely dry your boots
If you have the time, sun-drying is still the most effective way to dry your boots. Plus, aside from drying up your boots, pathogens are easily killed off by the ultraviolet rays from the sun. The only downside with utilizing this method is there are days when sunshine is not available. During these days, a few of the following alternatives can be used.
Using a fan
This method is one of the easiest methods to follow. All you need is a piece of tick wire that can hold the weight of your boots. Make 2 hooks from the wire, one end should be attached to the electric fan whole the other end will be used to hold your boots in front of the fan. Once you have secured the boots, put a piece of towel or rag beneath it to catch the drips of excess water.
This one is a no-brainer. Various boot, shoe, and gloves dryer are available in the market. These machines collect the dirty water dripping out of your boots while keeping it dry. If your boots get wet on a daily basis due to the nature of your work, it may be a good idea to invest on such machine because aside from being proven effective, most of them have built in disinfectants that keep your boots germ-free.
Not many people know this, but newspaper is one of the most absorbent materials in the world. To use that property to your advantage, crumple a sheet of newspaper and put it inside the shoes. Make sure that you cover every inch of the shoe inside, push the thin sheets using the tips of your fingers.
Once the inside is completely filled with newspaper, wrap the whole shoe with newspapers too. Ensure the whole shoe is covered. You will need to change the newspaper every 1-2 hours until the boots are completely dry. It may sound a little tedious to do, but this technique is surely safe and effective.
Pro tip: You can substitute the newspaper with towels or clean rags if newspaper is not available.
Yes, you read that right. Aside from being a staple food in some regions of the world, uncooked rice can do wonders in drying your boots. To start, simply get a container that can easily contain your boots and some extra room, and can be sealed tightly. Pour 1-1.5 inches of rice onto the container, then put your shoes on top of the rice, then seal the container shut. Within a few ours the rice should suck the moisture out of the boot.
Disinfect your boots
Once you have completely dried your boots, your work is not yet done. Since moisture and dampness is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, you are running the risk of them developing inside your shoes. To prevent this, you can use an ultraviolet shoe sanitizer. This handy device can be put inside the shoe and within 45 minutes, your shoes will be free from fungi, bacteria, and viruses. You can skip this part if you sun-dried your shoes as the ultraviolet rays effectively kill the harmful allergens than can develop in your shoes.
Care and maintain your boots
Though normal wear and tear is acceptable, a carefully maintained pair of boots will last longer than a pair left alone. Nowadays, a lot of materials are available in the market to do just this. One of the things you can use is a saddle soap. Though originally produced to clean saddles, this product can be used to maintain a wide variety of leather products such as shoes, wallets, and bags. Apply a thin, and even layer of the product onto your shoes and let the saddle soap do its work.