Workwear & Boot Care | ManCave Workwear

Workwear & Boot Care

We know how tough the Aussie tradie life can be, and looking after your work gear is key to keeping it in top shape for the long haul. 
Here are some tips to help you out! 

Washing Workwear🧽

What are the brands saying:

Before you start caring for your work gear, take a squiz at the label for any specific instructions from the manufacturer. These guidelines are like your roadmap for keeping your workwear in top shape. Every bit of workwear is different, so make sure you're following the right instructions to keep it in mint condition.

Regular Washing:

Oil, grease, and dust—they're the enemy of your workwear's protective powers. That's why it's crucial to give your workwear a good wash regularly and pronto! Keeping it clean is the key to making sure it stays as protective as the day you got it.

Preparation Before Washing:

Before you chuck your gear in the wash, here are a few things to prep: 

  • Zip 'em up, button 'em down, and turn 'em inside out.
  • Give those pockets a quick check for any rogue objects. 
  • And hey, if you're washing any hi-vis gear, best to keep it separate to maintain that fabric visibility. 

A little prep goes a long way in keeping your gear in top shape.

Avoid Shrinking 🤏

Fabric Blend:

Our workwear ranges are built tough to resist shrinking, but they are not invincible. Steer clear of boiling or hot washes, especially for gear with nylon and polyurethane. Keep it cool, and your gear will thank you for it!

Avoid Dryer Use:

Ditch the dryer! Instead, hang 'em up to dry in a cool, shady spot away from the sun. Your gear will thank you for it!  

Storing Your Workwear 📦

Proper Storage:

Make sure to stash your work gear in a dry, cool spot away from the blazing sun. That way, they'll stay in top-notch shape for longer.

Check Your Workwear for Damage 🩹

Regular Inspections:

Don't forget to give your workwear the once-over every now and then. Keep an eye out for any rips, tears, or lost buttons. If you spot anything, fix it up pronto to make sure your gear lasts as long as possible.

Boots Have a Soul 🥾

Cleaning leather & microfiber uppers:

To keep your boots in top-notch condition, start by removing any caked dirt with a soft-bristled brush or a damp cloth, then allow them to air dry away from direct sunlight or heaters to avoid drying out the leather. Next, maintain the leather by applying polish, spray, or cream, ensuring to test a small, inconspicuous area first to check for any color changes. When applying polish, use a small amount on a polishing cloth or brush, and rub it onto the boot using circular motions. 

Finally, wipe away any excess residue and allow the boots to dry thoroughly. Following these steps will help extend the lifespan of your boots and keep them looking their best. Don't forget to give your workwear the once-over every now and then. Keep an eye out for any rips, tears, or lost buttons. If you spot anything, fix it up pronto to make sure your gear lasts as long as possible.

Don't Forget the Laces:

Start by taking off the laces. Before they get wet, give the laces a good brush with a dry brush to knock off any mud or dirt. Then, pop 'em into a bowl of water to soak and hang them out to dry out of the sun.

Untie Your Laces:

It might seem convenient to kick off your boots without bothering to untie the laces, but it's not great for your work boots. When you put your foot back into a laced-up boot, it bends the heel collar, strains the lacing system, and tugs on the stitching, causing unnecessary wear and tear. So, take a moment to untie those laces—it'll help your boots last longer.

Waterproof, Not Bulletproof:

 As soon as you get your safety work boots, give 'em a good spray with waterproofing spray. Leather boots can suffer a lot from water damage, so this step is crucial. Even though work boots are built tough, this extra layer of protection will shield them from moisture, whether it's from the environment or the job site. Not all boots are waterproof or water resistant, make sure you check with the brand and specific product.

Cleaning Nubuck:

To clean nubuck boots, start by using a dry nubuck cloth to remove surface dirt, followed by gently brushing with a nubuck brush using circular motions. If you encounter scuffs, try removing them with a gum eraser, rubbing the affected area and wiping away any debris.

Alternatively, you can use a spray-on nubuck cleaning solution, following the instructions carefully and testing it on a small area first. Dab the boots with a clean towel to remove excess moisture, then allow them to air dry. Finally, apply a nubuck water and stain repellent to help prolong the life of your boots. Remember to waterproof your boots regularly to protect the leather from staining, and always let wet leather dry naturally before cleaning or applying any substances.

Cleaning PVC:

Use a soft brush or cloth to gently remove dirt and contaminants, then rinse them with clean water. You can add a mild detergent if needed. Wipe them dry afterward. Avoid soaking your boots in solvents or heavy detergents, and never dry or store them in direct sunlight or near heat sources, as this can cause the rubber to deteriorate. Additionally, wipe down the insides of your boots and wash the footbeds with mild detergent and water as necessary.

Cleaning Nylon:

For light stains, start by removing any caked dirt from your shoes using a soft-bristled brush or a damp cloth, then allow them to air dry in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Avoid using a clothes dryer to dry your shoes. 

For a deeper clean, gently wash the shoes with water and a mild detergent, ensuring not to saturate the shoes excessively. Hand wash only, and avoid soaking or using a washing machine to prevent permanent damage. Wash the footbed with mild soap and water, then air dry flat, stuffing the shoes with clean, dry paper towels to help them retain their shape. Once dry, remove the stuffing and reinsert the footbed. 

For anti-static shoes, adhere closely to care instructions to maintain their conductive properties and safety features. Always replace the footbed with the same factory-fitted specification.

Storing Your Boots:

When you're not wearing your work boots, stash 'em in a cool spot. It's best to wear 'em regularly to keep 'em in top shape. Avoid storing your boots in hot or dark places, as this can lead to deterioration and breakdown of the soles, especially if they're left unused for a long time.

Extending Life:

Using Dubbin or Boot Polish is a great way to prolong the life of your premium leather work boots and keep 'em lookin' fresh for longer. They not only protect the leather from wear and tear but also repel water, preventing it from drying out in warmer weather. 

Fit For Purpose👷

Workwear & Boots Have A Purpose:

Ensure that the workwear and boots you purchase are suited for your specific job or intended purpose. While zip-sided boots can be convenient, they may not be ideal for certain professions. For instance, if you're a concreter, avoid boots with zips, as concrete can get trapped inside and hinder their functionality. Be sure to select workwear and boots designed to meet your specific needs to ensure optimal performance and comfort.

Zip first then tie your boots:

Zip boots indeed offer convenience for easy on and off, but there's a method to using zip-sided boots effectively. First, zip your boots up to prevent any damage to the mechanical parts. Then, tie your boots securely for the best comfort and fit. This approach ensures that you get the most out of your zip-sided boots while maintaining their functionality and comfort.

Retire Your Workwear💔

Workwear Heaven:

We get it—your work gear's like an old mate. But when it starts looking worse for wear—torn or just plain worn out—it's time to say goodbye. Don't risk your safety by holding onto damaged gear. Know when it's time to retire and gear up with something new.