Is there anything worse than messy work boots? Workers tramping debris into the site cabin? Visitors not wiping their feet properly and traipsing dirt and bacteria into hygienic areas?

Ok, so perhaps that’s a tad dramatic – there are worse things in the world – but it’s mightily frustrating.

When working outside, boots are prone to dirt, grime, oil, water and other materials that can potentially stain or spoil footwear, not to mention damage floors and contaminate clean areas. However, cleaning them as soon as you get the chance will ensure they stay in top condition – saving you the hassle and expense of having to buy a new pair.

Here we look at just a few quick and easy ways to care for your work boots…

  1. Brush off large chunks of debris

Don’t have time to remove your boots before entering? Perhaps you’re only nipping into the site cabin to make yourself a brew and will spend more time fiddling around with your laces?

The least you can do is check the soles of your footwear for clumps of mud or debris. Giving them a quick brush should remove any dried dirt from the top of your boots and dislodge any foreign objects or contaminants from the soles.

  • Use a soft cloth to wipe clean

Of course, it depends on the fabric that your boots are made from – but even if they aren’t all that mucky, it’s good practice to wipe them with a clean cloth.

A quick wipe down with a dry cloth is better than not wiping your boots at all. But ideally, you want to use a damp cloth and mild soap to remove dark spots from leather work boots, gently rubbing until the mark disappears.

  • Scrub them thoroughly
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Before heading home after a shift, it’s probably the last thing you want to do – but giving your boots a good scrub (and leaving them to dry naturally) will save you a job in the morning. And let’s face it, the longer you leave dirt and grime to build up, the harder it will be to remove.

Simply rinse your footwear with warm water and use a semi-stiff brush to shift stubborn mud and grit. For tougher stains or filthy boots, make sure you put a little more elbow grease into it.

  • Cheat!

If you really wanted to make things easier for yourself – and not have to unlace your muddy work boots – you could always ask your employer to invest in a boot wash station for entrances, exits or corridors…

There are two types: manual and automatic. Both are designed to offer a quick and easy solution for boot cleaning and can be installed almost anywhere. However, manual boot wash stations tend to be more compact than their automatic counterparts so work well in tight spaces.

Invest in a boot wash station today

Maintaining cleanliness on-site is crucial in all environments. Having a boot wash station (or two) will protect the workforce against slips, trips and falls whilst reducing the amount of dirt that is brought inside. However, it will also speed up the process of cleaning messy work boots.

Stainless Steel Manufacturing Equipment (SSME) have an extensive range of boot washing stations available – including manual and automatic systems. They will be more than happy to discuss your requirements in more detail and advise you on which of their stations is best. So, why not give them a call on 0121 661 6346 today?

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