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DWP933

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Jan 18, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/18/00
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I have this white powder on the sides of my leather boots, someone said it was
mold or mildew. Since I haven't worn the boots in 2 years is possible?

Now how do I prevent it and maintain these boots that it doesn't come back? Any
suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Dave
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DAN

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Jan 19, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/19/00
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"DWP933" <dwp...@aol.comDave> a écrit dans le message news:
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> I have this white powder on the sides of my leather boots, someone said it
was
> mold or mildew. Since I haven't worn the boots in 2 years is possible?

Yes, it's possible. You were probably using a boot grease leather
preserver that was made from animal by-products. Things like Neat's foot
oil, mink oil etc can be attacked by mold. The best boot grease I have come
across is made by Browning. It's a synthetic grease that does a beautiful
job of preserving leather even restoring it, then acts as a waterproofing.
The boot does not even feel greasy afterwards and the dirt does not stick to
the boots because the grease is completely absorbed by the leather.
Dan

Bshpilot22

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Jan 19, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/19/00
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>I have this white powder on the sides of my leather boots, someone said it
>was
>mold or mildew. Since I haven't worn the boots in 2 years is possible?
>
>Now how do I prevent it and maintain these boots that it doesn't come back?
>Any
>suggestions would be appreciated.
>
>Thanks,
>
>Dave

Dave,

Could be mold or mildew, but my guess is it's salt from sweaty feet. In either
case, just wash it off with plain old waterand a little scrubing with a rag.
Then let them dry in a warm (not HOT) place. Better to use a boot dryer IF you
have one. If the powder comes back repete cleaning as many times as it takes,
then apply a good water proof such as "sno seal" Job done!

Clean your boots at the end of the season, apply sno seal and store in a dry
spot is all you need to do to prevent this from happening again.

Doug Obert
Upper Stikine River Adventures
http://members.aol.com/StikineRiv

David Rosin

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Jan 19, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/19/00
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I've used neatsfoot oil, softens and protects.
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N5ODJ

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Jan 19, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/19/00
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Chances are it is salt from sweat.

In article <20000118021320...@ng-fa1.aol.com>, DWP933
<dwp...@aol.comDave> writes:

>
>I have this white powder on the sides of my leather boots, someone said it
>was
>mold or mildew. Since I haven't worn the boots in 2 years is possible?
>


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James Springer

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Jan 20, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/20/00
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DAN <danb...@videotron.ca> wrote in message
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> "DWP933" <dwp...@aol.comDave> a écrit dans le message
news:
> 20000118021320...@ng-fa1.aol.com...
> > I have this white powder on the sides of my leather
boots, someone said it
> was
> > mold or mildew. Since I haven't worn the boots in 2
years is possible?
>
> Yes, it's possible. You were probably using a boot
grease leather
> preserver that was made from animal by-products. Things
like Neat's foot
> oil, mink oil etc can be attacked by mold. The best boot
grease I have come
> across is made by Browning. It's a synthetic grease that
does a beautiful
> job of preserving leather even restoring it, then acts as
a waterproofing.
> The boot does not even feel greasy afterwards and the dirt
does not stick to
> the boots because the grease is completely absorbed by the
leather.
> Dan
>
Try this site
http://www.davidmorgan.com/CATALOGS/DM/dm16|dm76?54354217040
63196397087751725
it has a good article on care of fine leather and they also
sell a beeswax treatement that really seems
to work good. It the whole link doesn't work go to
www.davidmorgan.com and start from their
index

Jim ha...@mindspring.com

Merle Edwards

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Jan 24, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/24/00
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First to clean them up I would start off with a good scrub down with
saddle soap. Then after they are thouroughly dry put on a heavy
application of neats foot oil. Let this soak in for a few days and
repeat. Finally, store in a cool dry place.
The mildew started because the boots were in a damp area.
The heavy applications of neats foot oil is to get the leather
reconditioned. It is possible your boots may be damaged and willl
wear out sooner than anticipated.

On Tue, 18 Jan 2000 16:31:03 -0500, DWP933 <dwp...@aol.comDave> wrote:
>I have this white powder on the sides of my leather boots, someone said it was
>mold or mildew. Since I haven't worn the boots in 2 years is possible?
>
>Now how do I prevent it and maintain these boots that it doesn't come back? Any
>suggestions would be appreciated.
>
>Thanks,
>
>Dave
>dwp...@aol.com

Larry Bartlett

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Jan 26, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/26/00
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> My friend,

This so called mildew is no such mold. What you have is a case of sweaty feet. I
venture to guess that the last time you wore the "infected" boots, it was rather
hot. Your feet merely sweated and the salt from your feet saturated your socks
first, then your boot leather. My military boots do this a lot.
Prevention....nothing! Just saddle soap those boogers every 6 months or so. If you
do not remove the salt residue, the leather will begin to break down, such as a car
fender driven near the California beach for a few years. Good Luck.
Larry

ohmrp...@gmail.com

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Jan 12, 2016, 7:03:47 PM1/12/16
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I have the same thing on my motorcycle boots and it's not a result of sweat, I cleaned them and put them away and looked at them a month or so later and there it was! It's possible they been treated with an old fashioned wax in the past. I'll try some of the remedies. Thanks all!
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