How to Clean Ostrich Boots: Everything You Need to Know

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Ostrich boots aren’t that cheap. It’s totally normal that you want to do something extra on how to clean it. 

Even though ostrich leather is considered exotic, there’s nothing in particular when it comes to cleaning them. Anyway, let’s stop beating around the bush. Here’s how to clean ostrich boots- 

The first step to cleaning ostrich boots is to brush off any excess dirt or debris, followed by a wipe with a damp cloth. When the boots are fully dried, apply a thin layer of conditioner. Finally, buff with polish to give the boots the shine they deserve. 

I know this seems like everything. But trust me, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s start, shall we? 

How to Clean Ostrich Boots?

Ostrich leather is exotic. So, the cleaning’s going to be a bit lengthy. But don’t worry it’s nothing too complicated. You just need to be extra careful with some things. 

how to clean ostrich boots

Regular Cleaning – The Most Important Maintenance

Do It Every Time You Wear the Boots

Every time you wear your ostrich boots, you should clean them after taking them off. Otherwise, the dirt is going to set camp in there. And before you know it, the leather will be damaged.

Avoid Too Much Water/Submerging Them in Water 

When it comes to regular cleaning, remember one thing. Never let your ostrich boots come in contact with too much water. 

A lot of people submerge their exotic leather boots in water. That’s bad for the leather on so many levels. 

The thing is when water gets into leather, the oil in there comes up to the surface when the water is eventually gone. As a result, the leather dries up, looking terrible. 

Step 1: Brush off the Loose Dirt 

Even if you’ve worn the boots for a few hours, there’s going to be dirt on them. But before brushing them off, slap the boots against each other and rub off excess dirt. 

Then move on to brushing off with a horsehair shoe brush. I really like this one from Amazon as it has two other small brushes for cleaning the sides. That’s where most of the dirt is anyway.

Step 2: Give the Boots a Gentle Wipe

Now, grab a damp cloth. Make sure the cloth isn’t too wet as that could lead to other problems. Gently wipe the ostrich boots to ensure there isn’t any dried dirt left on the boots. 

You clean or change the cloth if it gets too dirty. The bottom line is, take your time in doing this. As there aren’t any more steps, you want to do it as finely as possible.

Step 3: Dry the Boots

Before storing the boots, you should dry them completely. You wouldn’t want to leave any excess moisture left on the boots. Once they’re fully dried, store them properly.

If you want to get things done quickly with a professional product, this is the way to go.

Conditioning- How to Care for Ostrich Boots?

Unlike regular cleaning, you don’t have to or shouldn’t condition your boots every time you wear them. Every once or twice a month is fine. 

Although if you happen to wear the boots more frequently, that means more frequent conditioning. 

Step 1: Clean the Boots and Dry Them 

Before you even think about conditioning ostrich boots, you should clean them first. You already know the process, so I won’t be getting deep into that.

Step 2: Test Out the Conditioner on an Unnoticeable Part 

You need to understand ostrich leather is extremely sensitive. You can’t just apply everything to it. 

My suggestion would be to use the Bickmore Exotic, it’s a product specifically for exotic leather. I’ll be getting into it later on. 

So, before you apply the conditioner all over the boots, apply it on an unnoticeable part of the boots. 

If everything’s positive, then go for it. Losing the color of an expensive pair of boots to a leather conditioner makes no sense. Better safe than sorry if you know what I mean. 

Step 3: Apply a Thin Layer All Over the Boots

Once you’re sure that the conditioner is the right one. Apply a thin layer all over the boots. You can use your fingers to spread the conditioner. Or there’s always the option to use a shoe brush. 

Step 4: Give the Boots Enough Time to Dry 

Drying is an important part of the process. Instead of keeping an eye out, go do something else to pass the time. 

Step 5: Buff the Boots  

Once the boots are completely dried, buff the boots with a horsehair shoe brush. The elegant matte finish will be a treat to look at.

Polishing- How to Shine Ostrich Boots?

You can’t start polishing your ostrich boots whenever you want. You can only do it right after you’ve conditioned the boots. Otherwise, there will be another layer of dirt on there.

Step 1: Choose Wax Based Neutral Polish

The first step is to find a wax-based neutral polish. And the Kiwi Shoe Polish Paste (you’ll have a hard time finding it anywhere other than Amazon) is the right polish for this job. 

It doesn’t change the color of the leather and really seals in the moisture. As a bonus, you also get some water repellant benefits. 

Step 2: Buff the Boots 

Don’t give it your everything. It’s only to clean the boots. You want to make sure there’s no dust left on the boots.

Step 3: Apply a Thin Layer of Polish 

Scoop up some shoe polish and apply a thin layer to the entire boot. Leave it until it dries completely. A good 15-20 minutes is enough.

Step 4: Buff Until They Shine to Your Liking

After the boots are completely dried, start buffing them. Once you’re done, the boots are going to shine with their full glory.

How to Get Stains Out of Ostrich Boots?

Oil stains on leather boots are just the worst. The horrible stains ruin the beauty of the boot. 

Sometimes you can’t avoid those oil stains especially if you wear the boots quite often. Apart from food oil stains, humans and pets secrete natural skin oil. Get close to people and pets and you’ll have to deal with it.  

Step 1: Sprinkle Talcum Powder on the Affected Area 

Sprinkle some talcum powder on the affected area. If you don’t have talcum powder on hand, baking soda also works. 

Step 2: Leave It for 20 Minutes 

Now it’s time to wait. In this time period, don’t do anything to the boots. Let the talcum powder do its job.

Step 3: Brush Off with a Brush

The waiting period is over. By now, the talcum powder should’ve absorbed most of the oil. You’ll find that out by brushing it off with a shoe brush. 

If the stain is still too visible, you need to re-do the process. 

Step 4: Wipe the Boots with a Damp Cloth 

After most of the stain is gone, wipe the boots with a damp cloth. This will remove any excess talcum powder or remaining oil stain. 

Is Ostrich Leather Waterproof? 

Ostrich leather is not waterproof. In fact, this exotic leather is more sensitive to water and oil damages than other types of leather. If you own a pair of ostrich boots, make sure you keep them away from water and or any other liquid. Otherwise, you’d be left with permanent watermarks. 

Apart from being extra careful around water, you can protect the boots another way. Make the boots water-repellent with a product like the Kiwi Boot Waterproofer.  

Ostrich Boots in Rain: What to Do If Ostrich Boots Get Wet?

No one wants to get their expensive ostrich boots to get soaked in water or rain. Sometimes it just happens. But don’t worry as you can fix it pretty easily. 

The key here is to take action as fast as possible. Otherwise, there’s the risk of permanent damage.

Step 1: Remove Excess Debris and Moisture 

If there’s any water on the outside, immediately wipe it off with a soft, dry cloth. If you were in the rain, there’s sure to be dirt and grime. 

So, make sure to get those out of your precious ostrich boots. 

Step 2: Take Out the Insoles 

If the boots are really soaked, chances are there’s moisture between the bottom of the boots and the insole. Taking out the insoles will ensure the moisture doesn’t stay trapped there, making the boots smell. 

After you’ve taken out the insoles use a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture. 

Step 3: Stuff the Boots with Newspaper

Stuffing the boots with newspaper will bring out any excess moisture. This way the moisture will get out much faster. But this process is somewhat labor-intensive. 

The newspaper is going to get soaked sooner or later. As soon as that happens(every 20 minutes), you have to change the newspaper. 

Step 4: Elevate the Boots and Let Them Dry 

You should keep the boots elevated while the newspaper is absorbing the moisture. But after a while, there won’t be enough moisture left for the newspaper. 

In other words, you have to rely on air drying. But that doesn’t mean you should speed up the process or anything. 

Keep the boots in a cool dry place away from heat. Remember excess leather can dry leather too fast and cause cracks and warps. This means blow dryers, fireplaces, radiators are a big no. 

Step 5: Place a Shoe Tree Once Fully Dried

Once the boots are fully dried, you should put a shoe tree inside and store them that way. As the leather had to face a lot of moisture, it will need some help to get back to its original shape.

How to Remove Water Stains on Ostrich Boots? 

Whether it’s rain or a few drops of beer, once you see water stains, you should take action. For exotic leathers such as ostrich, there are two methods for you. 

Even if you know a surefire method using dishwashing soap, please don’t apply that in this case. That’s going to destroy the leather- 

Method 1: Leather Cleaner 

Using a leather cleaner made for exotic leather is always going to be my first choice. Being familiar with the product, at least I know what I’m getting into.

Still, you should do a spot test to find out the problems. And don’t jump in. Let the cleaner dry. If everything’s okay, then you can go all in. 

Method 2: Water and Vinegar 

Remember when I explained how you can clean boots with a damp cloth? Well, this method is quite similar to that. Except, you use a mixture of vinegar and water instead of water. 

Continue wiping the boots until all the water stains go away. 


So, that’s a wrap on how to clean ostrich boots. The process is as easy as pie for regular cleaning. 

But the thing is you need to be consistent with the cleaning. Leave dirty boots unattended and they’ll go bad in no time. 

If you’ve got any other helpful tips on how you clean ostrich boots, drop a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. 

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