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Professional Outdoor-Education Walking Footwear-Maintenance G Wax Grangers
G Wax

Grangers G-Wax 1 Litre, this will add rain and stain protection to all leather footwear. Keeps leather boots performing at their best. Adds water repellency and rejuvenates breathability.

Leather is water-resistant to a very high level, but it needs to be treated with respect. To keep your boots in top condition it is important to reproof and condition them regularly. Even if your boots have a GoreTex waterproof lining, we wholeheartedly recommend keeping them well waxed and cared for, to extend the useful life of the boot. Everyone has their favourite methods, so we keep a wide range of boot care products.

Full Grain Leather:

Traditionally using a beeswax and parafin based wax (applied by hand to improve absorption) such as the classic Nikwax Wax has been the favourite for full grain. The only issue here is that with time and subsequent wettings, boots can dry out, so using a softer cream or conditioner can help add nutrients to the leather and keep them going for longer. Meindl Sportwax or Meindl Top Conditioner and Proofer combined with your treatment help here. Scarpa HS12 cream will have a similar effect and you only need to take 1 bottle into the shower. If you wish to reproof boots on multi day outings or for regular use where your boots are already wet, then Nikwax Aqueous Wax is the best option, because it can be applied to wet footwear.

Nubuck Leather:

Using standard wax will alter the look of nubuck leather, so that it looks more like full grain leather. If this isn't an issue for you then we would still recommend this approach. It puts a shiny, more water-resistant layer onto the outer surface of the leather. However, if you feel the need to keep the rough out look then you should take a look at Nikwax Nubuck and Suede or Meindl Wetproof products, remembering that conditioning is still important to stop boots drying out with time.

Membrane Lined Leather Boots:

In most instances the same can be said for leather boots lined with GoreTex, DriLine or other membranes as discussed for other leather boots. However, heavy waxing can penetrate so deep into the leather that it can clog up the membrane so lighter conditioning using a cloth and the application of a spray or liquid proofer can help keep breathability at its optimum. Boreal provide a specific waterproofer for their DriLine lined boots like the Moab, whilst Meindl recommend a combination of their Wet proof and Sportwax or Top Conditioner and Proofer.

Fabric:

Most people are under the impression that fabric boots don't need caring for, but it is even more important to keep them clean so they can breathe and will keep shedding water rather than soaking it up (which means heavy boots and impaired breathability). They should be cleaned and then waterproofed with a spray such as Meindl Wetproof.

If you need to care for a large number of boots belonging to an outdoor centre, Granger's come to rescue with 5L Solid G-Wax cans.

If a boot does get thoroughly wet it is important that the leather is dried naturally without heat (remove insoles and fill boots with newspaper to aid drying) and that conditioning and reproofing is carried out directly afterwards.

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