If you are looking for ways to help your safety footwear keep your feet safer, for longer! You have found the right place!

In this article, we are going to focus on:

  • How to clean and maintain safety footwear
  • The importance of lacing and unlacing
  • When should safety boots be replaced?

How to clean and maintain safety footwear

The importance of keeping footwear clean and maintained cannot be understated.

Think about this like your clothes, or other commodities such your car or the windows on your house – I am sure you wash your clothes regularly and keep a close eye on the upkeep of your car and your property.

Most environments that safety footwear is worn will have a variety of equipment, materials and substances that will cause damage to your footwear.

But, did you know the way you clean and care for your safety footwear depends on the upper materials.

How do I clean my leather safety boots?

Do I need to untie my safety boots? The answer is a resounding yes

It is fair to say that it’s not unusual to hear people say they kick their footwear off when they get home, without untying the laces or undoing any zips or other fastening mechanisms.

However, this is a really bad habit to get into with your equipment, over time you will cave the backs in and weaken the whole back of the footwear, including in severe cases, the bonding between the outsole and the upper.

Also, laces left tied and without inspection will likely be subject to the same materials and substances as the upper, even water left in standard lace will cause it to expand and shrink, weakening the fibres. Undoing and loosening the laces before taking them off will reduce the strain on the stitching and back when removing as well as allowing the laces to “rest”.

When should safety boots be replaced? and the big question, how long should safety footwear last?

Maintained as above, the correctly specified footwear for the correct environment could and may last years. However, we think that 6 months is a reasonable time frame when worn every day so for this reason Rock Fall offer this warranty period against manufacturing defects.

Contributing factors to footwear degradation are:

  1. Heat and cold temperatures and the impacts they have on the components
  2. Incorrect specification, such as no scuff cap – where required, or incorrect outsole compound for the working environment.
  3. Use (or misuse) including performing no maintenance/cleaning routines or using them to kick or move objects.
  4. Crush or impact accidents (did you know that if a toecap is struck, the footwear should be replaced anyway, in line with the European standard?)

Disclaimer: The information provided through Greenham Pulse is for general guidance only and is not legal advice. Greenham Pulse is not a substitute for Health and Safety consultancy. You should seek independent advice about any legal matter.