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If you own the boots you NEED this...
on April 10, 2010
Okay, you may not need this particular set -- but if you own suede or sheepskin boots -- you at least need to own the brush that comes in this set. It is by far the most valuable tool out there when it comes to keeping your boots clean.
This is the set I bought and used, so it's what I'm reviewing. I'm sure there are better kits available and possibly at a better value. I'm sure you are at least in part paying for the Ugg name.
At first I wasn't too impressed with this set -- largely because it didn't magically do what I expected it do to. Of course -- I've since come to learn that I didn't know how to use this set. Perhaps that is the single criticism this set deserves -- it does not come with in-depth instructions -- just the instructions on the bottles of solution -- so not the best source of information.
In January I bought a sand colored pair of Emu sheepskin boots. One night when it was raining I stepped out of my car and into a puddle in the gutter. One boot got soaked but I figured it would dry okay. I was wrong. The rainwater must have been greasy because it left dark brown stains all along the sole of my boot.
I tried everything to clean it and nothing worked. If anything I succeeded only in spreading the grease stains around. Soon, the one boot looked drastically different from the other and I couldn't imagine wearing them in public anymore. That's when I ordered this cleaning kit -- but when I tried the cleaning solution -- it didn't seem to do anything.
Just as I was about to throw the boots away I started scouring the web for solutions. Eventually I found a site that detailed use of a nubuck brush -- like the one included in this set.
The brush has bristles on one side, white chalk on the other. Along the sides of the brush are rubber teeth -- like a comb. Brushing the suede or sheepskin after it's been washed will restore the texture. But by far -- the white chalk is the best possible solution for grease stains. Rubbing the stains with the white chalk and then brushing it out works like a miracle. It took several applications to some stains -- but this brush saved my boots. I can't emphasize this enough -- my boots were so bad I was ready to throw them away -- but now they look new again.