5 Proven Methods to Clean Timberland Boots!

Do you own a pair of Timberland boots? Timberland is one of the most reliable brands for quality footwear, and their boots are perfect if you need a pair of safety boots or just wants something comfortable and fashionable.

How do you keep your favorite Timberland boots clean?

Which model did you choose? Are you worried about getting stains on your suede Timberland boots, or can’t get rid of a visible scuff on your black Timberland boots?

Let’s look at a few different methods you can use to clean your boots. These methods use inexpensive items that you might already own. You can get your Timberland shoes clean without damaging them or spending a fortune on a special cleaning kit.


Method 1 – How To Clean Suede Timberland Boots

Suede is a gorgeous material but it requires some care. If you own a pair of suede Timberland boots, you need to invest in a suede brush. You might also want to get a suede eraser to get rid of tough stains, and in a good waterproofing spray.

You will need a few items to clean your suede boots:

  • A suede brush.
  • A suede eraser (optional).
  • An old newspaper.
  • A butter knife (only for tough stains).

This video will show you how to take care of your suede boots:

This is how you should clean your suede Timberland boots:

  • Protect the floor with an old newspaper.
  • If there is a lot of mud on your boots, let it dry overnight and remove as much as you can by hand.
  • Use the suede brush to get rid of dirt and dust. Always brush in the same direction.
  • Rub over scuff marks and stains with a suede eraser. Use the suede brush to remove the debris from the eraser.
  • You can gently scrape over stains with a butter knife and use the suede brush on the area again.

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Avoid exposing your suede boots to water since this could result in water stains forming. If you want to clean your boots with water, soak up any excess water with a rag and let them dry in a well-ventilated and sunlit area rather than near a heating source.

Pro tip: use a waterproofing spray once you are done cleaning your boots.


  • This is a quick and inexpensive way to make your suede boots look brand new.
  • You can eliminate dust, dirt, and most stains with this method.


  • You can damage the fabric if you are not careful with the butter knife.
  • Stains will return unless you use a waterproofing spray.


Method 2 – Cleaning With Household Items

You can clean your boots even if you don’t have a suede brush. Ideally, you should purchase a suede cleaning kit to take care of your boots, but there are alternatives available if you need to clean your shoes on the go or haven’t had the time to purchase a cleaning kit yet.

You have probably heard about people who clean their Timberlands with a toothbrush and some baking soda. This is a safe method for leather boots and for Nubuck shoes as long as you don’t use this method too often, but baking soda is too rough for suede.

These are the items you can use without damaging the suede nap:

  • Baby wipes.
  • A clean cloth or rag.
  • Sponge, water, and a newspaper.
  • A clean pencil eraser.
  • A nail file (either a metal one or an emery board).
  • White vinegar.

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The best approach is to try one method after another until you find something that works for the type of stains or dirt caked on your boots.

Here is how you can clean your suede boots at home:

  • Use the cloth or rag to wipe as much dirt as possible off.
  • Start with the nail file. Rub the file gently to lift the grain of the suede. Using this method too often can damage the shoes, but it should remove dirt and dust particles stuck in the suede pores.
  • If there are some stains and scuff marks that won’t go away, rub them with the pencil eraser.
  • If your boots are still dirty, use the baby wipes. The wipes should dissolve stains without damaging the material, but don’t use them to clean the entire boot since it is best to avoid exposing suede to humidity.
  • If nothing seems to work, try a wet sponge and use a newspaper to absorb as much water as possible to help your boots dry faster. Getting suede boots wet is really not ideal since water stains can appear, but some stains will only dissolve if you use water.
  • If you have tried everything on this list and your suede boots are still stained, you should try applying a small quantity of white vinegar. This should dissolve tough stains, but the downside is that your boots might smell like vinegar for a while.

This video will show you how to clean your boots with a nail file:


Pro tip: if you are unsure about whether or not a household item will work on a stain and want to find out if it will damage the fabric, do a test on the tongue of the boot or on another area that isn’t very noticeable.

Ideally, you shouldn’t use the methods listed above on a regular basis. Using household items to clean your boots is fine if you have no other options available, but you need to invest in a suede cleaning kit to make your boots last.


  • These methods are inexpensive and efficient.
  • You should already have most of these items.
  • You should be able to get rid of most stains and marks.


  • Can damage the suede if you are not careful or use these methods too often.


Method 3 – What About Leather Timberland Boots

Leather Timberland boots should require less maintenance, especially if you purchased black boots. You can keep your boots clean thanks to common household items. There are advantages to investing in a cleaning kit for your favorite boots, but simple items like dish soap and baking soda are all you need to clean dirty boots.

These are the items you can use to clean your boots:

  • Dish soap or baking soda.
  • A toothbrush.
  • Vinegar.
  • Water
  • A rag or cloth.

Pro tip: vinegar is great for getting rid of salt lines on leather shoes!

Here is how you can get your leather boots clean:

  • Wipe as much dirt as you can with the rag or cloth.
  • Dip the toothbrush in baking soda or in dish soap.
  • Brush the boots using small circular motions.
  • Rinse them with water.
  • If some stains won’t go away, apply a small quantity of vinegar and use the toothbrush to get rid of the stain.

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Pro tip: investing in a quality leather conditioner is definitely worth it. You can use a leather oil or conditioner to nourish the leather and get rid of scuffs. This will also prevent the leather from becoming cracked.

You can watch this quick video to find out more about using a leather conditioner on your Timberland boots:

Pros and cons of using household items:

  • Get your boots clean on a budget.
  • This is something you can do at home whenever you have a few minutes.
  • It should work for dirt, dust and most stains.

Pros of using store-bought products:

  • These products nourish leather.
  • You can get rid of scuffs and tough stains.


Method 4 – What If You Have Wheat Nubuck Timberland

The wheat Timberland boots are a fashion staple but the downside of these boots is that their clear color makes dirt and stains very visible. Thankfully, you can keep your wheat Timberland clean with a few simple items that you probably already own.

You are going to need:

  • A rag or cloth
  • A soft bristle brush.
  • A hard bristle brush.
  • A toothbrush and some dish soap.
  • A Nubuck cleaner (optional).

This video will show you how to properly brush your Timberland to get rid of dust and dirt.

Here is how you can keep your Nubuck Timberland spotless:

  • Use the cloth or rag to get rid the dust and dirt on the surface of the boots.
  • If there is mud on your boots, wait overnight for the mud to dry and remove most of it by hand.
  • Use the soft bristle brush to clean the Nubuck. Always brush in the same direction. If you decided to use a special Nubuck cleaner, spray it on the boots before using the soft bristle brush.
  • Use the hard bristle brush to clean the side of the soles.
  • If there are any remaining stains, use the toothbrush and dish soap to get them out. Rinse and let the boots dry.

Cleaning Wheat Nubuck Timberland

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Pro tip: you can use a suede eraser on your Nubuck boots too. You should try this if there are persistent stains on your boots.


Method 5 – Cleaning Your Timberland Boots with Specialty Products

If you wear your Timberland boots on a daily basis, it is worth it to invest in a cleaning kit. You can put your own cleaning kit together by looking for cleaners adapted to the material of your boots, or shop on the official Timberland website since the brand has its own line of cleaning products.

You only need to use specialty cleaners when your shoes have visible stains. The great thing is that these products are designed to nourish and protect your boots. You could use common household items like baking soda and dish soap on a weekly basis and use specialty cleaners on a monthly basis to take care of your boots.

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Here is what you will need:

  • A water-repellent spray.
  • A dry-cleaning kit if you have suede or Nubuck boots.
  • A suede or Nubuck cleaner if you have boots made from these materials.
  • A leather cleaner, soft bristle brush and leather protector if you have leather boots.

Take a look at this video to get a better idea of what the dry-cleaning kit sold by Timberland looks like:

This is how you can clean your suede and Nubuck Timberland boots with specialty products:

  • If you have suede or Nubuck boots, start with the dry-cleaning kit. Use the brush to remove dirt and dust. The kit also contains a cleaning bar that you can rub over stains.
  • Use the suede and Nubuck cleaner if there are tough stains or scuffs on your boots.
  • Apply two coats of water-repellent spray to protect your boots.

Follow these steps if you have a pair of leather boots:

  • If you have the leather boots, use a rag to get rid of most of the dirt and dust.
  • Apply a small quantity of leather cleaner and use a soft bristle brush to work the cleaner into the leather.
  • Once you are done, apply a coat of leather protector to make your boots last. Use a small quantity and use a rag to gently rub the leather protector in small circular motions.

Pro tip: Timberland boots are very popular and you will find that many brands offer cleaning products for these shoes. There is no need to get your cleaning supplies from the Timberland website, but this is a good place to start if you are not sure what to get.


  • Using specialty cleaning products will make your boots last longer.
  • You can get rid of virtually any stain or scuff with these cleaning kits.
  • You only need to use these products once in a while.


  • This approach is more expensive than using household items.
  • Brushing your shoes, using cleaners and waterproofing them takes time.



What did you think of these tutorials on how to clean Timberland boots? Have you used any of these methods before? Do you own any of the cleaning products sold by Timberland?

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