How to Protect Timberland Boots? (Works for All Types of Timberland Boots)

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Whether they’re made of suede or full-grain leather, Timberland boots are notoriously durable. 

But no matter how durable a pair of leather boots are, they’ll start wearing off without proper protection. This applies even more to suede or nubuck Timberland boots. 

So, the question remains, how to protect Timberland boots? 

A leather protector and a water stain protector are the main things you need to protect your Timberland boots. First, apply the leather protector and then spray the stain protector. However, skip the leather protector for suede and nubuck boots. And before you apply anything, remember to properly clean the boots.

Needless to say, this is the short answer. There are a lot more steps in the actual process. 

That said, let’s not waste any more time and jump in-

How to Protect Timberland Boots?

Depending on the material, you can protect Timberland boots in 2 ways. And you can’t use one method for the other. 

That’s why I’ve categorized two types of cleaning processes for both types of materials. While it won’t protect your Timberlands from creasing, it’ll increase its longevity.

That said, here’s how to waterproof Timberland boots-

How to Protect Suede, Nubuck, and Canvas Timberland Boots? 

Nubuck and suede boot care always require something extra. That doesn’t change when it comes to protecting these boots. Although the method of removing ink from Timbs remains the same.

As these materials get water stains pretty easily, waterproofing is something you should do right away. 

So, here’s how to waterproof suede, nubuck, and canvas Timberland boots- 

What You’ll Need: 


Timberland Balm Proofer (water and stain protector)

Quick Buying Tip: If it were up to me, I’d always go with the Gear Aid Revivex even though Timberland suggests using their own product. But if you think about it, you’re SPENDING TWICE on Timberland products. And you’re also getting less as the Gear Aid Revivex also comes with a cleaning spray for which Timberland asks you to buy a separate product. 

Step 1: Clean the Boots 

Before you apply any kind of stain or water protector, you need to clean out the boots. Because once you apply a protector, anything that’s on there will get stuck. 

However, cleaning Timberland boots takes only a few minutes unlike breaking in Timberland boots. The dry cleaning method doesn’t take more than 5 minutes. 

Everything you need will be inside the Gear Aid Revivex or in the Timberland Dry Cleaning Kit. 

  • Rub off loose dirt with the brush
  • Use the eraser to remove stain marks
  • Using the cleaner is an optional choice, you can avoid it if you want
  • Finally, use the brush again to give it a final clean

And that’s it. 

Step 2: Spray a Light Coat of Water Repellent 

This is the same for any kind of water repellent spray you use. Start with a light spray and let it dry for 30 minutes. 

When the boots are somewhat dry, get back for a second layer of spray.

Step 3: Spray a Second Coat After 30 Minutes 

Now, the second coat doesn’t have to be light. This time you should saturate the boot material. 

Once you’re done, dab any excess liquid with a rag. With that, your job here is done. 

Let the boots dry overnight. In the morning, your Timberland boots will be able to protect you from rain puddles and snow, keeping your feet dry all season.  

How to Protect Oiled, Smooth, Pebbled, Waxed Timberland Boots? 

Sure, Timberland mostly has nubuck and suede boots. But you can’t avoid their rugged oiled, pebbled, waxed, or smooth leather boots. And needless to say, these Timbs do stretch more than their counterparts.

Related: Do Timberlands Stretch? The Complete Guide on Stretching

Combined with Timberland’s highly appraised durability, these extra hard-wearing boots last for a long time. 

Related: Timberland Boots Hurt Ankle: Here’s How to Fix That Problem

Even then, there’s the need for added protection. Despite the numerous treatments it went through, without protection the boots will start to show wear and tear. 

However, you don’t have to be as careful as you’re with suede or nubuck boots. Here’s the deal- 

What You’ll Need:


Quick Buying Tip: You can get the Timberland products if you want. But remember that Bickmore products are MUCH BETTER when it comes to leather care while costing you less money. On top of that, you’d have to pay extra for Timberland’s own care products when ordering from Amazon. So, the Bickmore option is much better in my opinion. 

Step 1: Rub off Any Loose Dirt

Like before the first step is to remove any loose dirt. In fact, the cleaner the boots are the better it is for them. 

So, if they need deep cleaning, you know what to do. And unlike suede or nubuck Timberland boots, you can use liquid cleaning products. 

Step 2: Apply a Small Amount of Leather Protector 

The two products I’ve mentioned are pretty much the same when it comes to application. 

Simply scoop up a small amount of leather protector with a clean cloth. Then, rub it onto your Timberland boots until you’ve covered every inch. 

Step 3: Let the Boots Dry for 2-3 Hours 

Now, it’s time to let the boots dry. You just need to give enough time to soak in the protector. Even though it won’t be able to absorb all of it within such a short time. 

Step 4: Apply a Second Layer of Leather Protector 

This is an optional step. But there’s no harm in it as it’s giving extra protection to your boots. 

Although remember that you have to let the boots dry again before you continue to the next step. 

DO NOT take the next step before the boots are dry. The results won’t be nice, trust me. 

Step 5: Use the Water and Stain Protector Spray 

Time for the final step. Whatever water and stain protector you bought, start spraying on the boots. 

Make sure you cover every part of the boots. Even though 30 minutes is enough for drying, you should make that overnight. 

After all, it’s not like you’ll be using a water and stain protector every week. So, when you do it, do it right. When you’re done with it, your Timberland boots will once again be foolproof against the snow.

Related: Are Timberlands Good for Snow? (The Answer is a Bit Complicated)

Final Words 

If you have enough money to buy a pair of Timberland boots, you should know how to protect Timberland boots. 

At one time or another, these boots will start wearing off unless you take measures. I’ve pretty much explained everything I know. If you have any extra tips, don’t forget to leave a comment down below. 

Richard Nelson

Richard is the Head of Content here at Bootpedia. From an early age, leather boots have been a passion for him. So, he thought why not share his knowledge with the rest of the world? 

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