Gaerne Boot Care & Maintenance Guidelines
Now that you’ve invested in some of the finest footwear the world has to offer, let’s learn the best way to protect your investment and keep those G’s on your feet in top shape to ride the extra mile!
•For plastic based boots, such as the SG-12 and SG-10, we recommend
thoroughly cleansing them after each ride to prevent discoloration, as well
as to uncover areas which may have experienced conflict during the course of
•First, you will begin by using low pressure water to wet and soak the
exterior of the boots. Depending on the level of dirt, you may want to allow
them to set for a couple of minutes before you proceed.
•After soaking, use higher pressure water to remove most heavy mud and
clumps from your boots. Remember to hose your soles a bit too.
•Add soapy water to help get into the nooks and crannies as you scrub your
boots. Gaerne recommends Soft Scrub as a gentler cleanser or Dawn dish soap.
Scuffs may be alleviated by using a magic eraser, though with any chemical
and material combination, it is always recommended to test a small area
before moving on to the entire boot.
•Rinse with higher pressure to release and remove any remaining dirt/mud
from your boots, though a little bit of caution is recommended near the
softer leather and fabric areas, as well as near the opening at the top of
•Towel dry the outside, paying special attention to more concealed areas,
such as the insides of the buckles, fabric areas, and near/under the
wishbones and various closure “flaps.” Allow time to dry* in a
well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight.
*Please note: As these are only suggested guidelines for care, experience
may vary. It is always best to test a method on a small, more hidden, area
prior to approaching the entire boot. Gaerne USA does not accept
responsibility for materials which have been damaged or discolored once the
product has been used or stored for any duration of time outside of
**Dry time will vary depending upon how much of the interior was wet during
Your Balance Oiled boots have already been treated with an "oiled"
conditioner--hence, the name--and really require nothing but soap and water
for cleaning; however, if you would like to add leather conditioners and/or
waterproof paste, that should cause no issue with the finish. We recommend
avoiding any of the chemical cleaners you might use on your bike, as they
may be too harsh for certain materials; plain soap and water will suffice.
Before each ride, it is advised to examine your boots to ensure that straps,
strap keepers, and buckles are securely attached to the boots, as well as
gently tightening any screws in the pivot system or toe caps which may have
loosened from previous rides (or let’s face it, even from minor scuffs and
crashes along the way). Take care to not overtighten; this is to stop those
squirrely screws from getting lost along the way, not to ratchet down
As with most closed-toe footwear, boots are susceptible to high temperatures
and sweat, which can alter the inner atmosphere for the feet. It is always
advised to allow boots to air-out during times when they are not in use, to
prevent stinky G’s on your feet.
If you have a product with Gore-Tex or Drytech, it is essential to follow
manufacturer’s recommended care instructions, including keeping those toe
nails clipped and filed so they cannot abrade the inner lining, which will
allow water to breach the waterproof barrier and “leak” into the toe box.
If you are going to store your boots for a lengthy period of time, Gaerne
USA recommends keeping them in a climate-controlled environment and away
from direct sunlight, to shield product materials from unnecessary exposure
to potentially extreme climate changes, which may create issues such as
plastic shrinkage, yellowing, soft-fiber disintegration, and cracking.