Zamberlan Boots Care and Maintenance
Zamberlan Boots Care and Maintenance
Congratulations on purchasing Zamberlan Boots! Since 1929 the Zamberlan family business, based in the Italian Dolomites, has been manufacturing performance outdoor footwear of the most exacting quality. Now that you have your boots you want to maximize their performance and keep them in shape as long as possible. The following guidelines will help you care for all aspects of your Zamberlan Hiking Boots - Goretex boots, all-leather boots, composite boots, boot liners, boots soles, and even the best way to store your boots. If you have a question that we haven't answered, call the Boot Experts at CCoutdoorStore.com where we can answer all your gear care questions to get the best possible performance.
1) What are the best methods for cleaning and drying my boots?
Leather can shrink under hot water and some cleaning agents can alter the color of your boots. The best way to clean your boots is the following:
Cleaning: Remove boot laces and foot beds to clean separately. Wash the boots under a COLD tap with a mild, NON-detergent based cleaner. A light sponge or soft brush can help remove mud and debris from the outside. Rinse boots well especially if you've been hiking through wetland bogs or peat areas than can be very acidic.
Drying: The best way to dry your boots is slowly in a cool to warm, well-ventilated area. Newspapers can help dry extremely wet boots. Be care to NOT place your boots in a dryer, close to a fire, radiator, or floor heater which can damage your boots bonding compounds, or cause cracking/shrinkage of the leather.
2) What is the best way to waterproof and condition the uppers and outside of my hiking boots?
Conditioning your Zamberlan Boots varies depending upon the construction materials. Conditioning's main function is to 'feed' the leather in your boot - keeping it supple and maximizing water resistance. Both materials in boots with composite leather/fabric uppers can treated with waterproofing compounds such as Hydrobloc. How often you treat your boots depends on the usage and type of boot. As a rule-of-thumb, apply Zamberlan Hydrobloc Spray or Cream on the "Little and Often" principle (rather than the "Alot now-and-then" principle!). It's also good to treat your boots before storing them as well as when you wake them up. Leaving boots untreated in storage can result in significant drying.
Full Grain Leather Boots:
When the uppers are fully dry, apply Zamberlan Hydrobloc Cream sparingly; use a soft brush to apply the treatment, working it thoroughly into the leather. Leave to cure overnight before use, after which you may wish to buff your boots to a shine, as excess surface proofing will attract particles of grit or sand that can be abrasive to the leather when the boot is flexed. We recommend that you test the product on a small area initially, as darkening of the leather may occur after application.
Nabuk Leather, Crosta Leather, Nabuk Leather/Fabric, Split Leather/ Fabric:
Zamberlan Hydrobloc Spray should be applied when the boots are dry and clean. Shake the container well and apply 2 coats of conditioner to the whole of the upper (including the fabric sections where present) from a distance of approximately 8 inches, allowing 5 minutes between coats (to let conditioner soak in). Wipe any excess conditioner from soles and the sole/upper junction, and leave to dry overnight before use. We recommend that you test the product on a small area initially, as darkening of the leather may occur after application.
3) How do I care for the inside linings and soles of my hiking boots?
Zamberlan boots may be lined with Cambrelle®, Alvertex, GORE-TEX®, Hydrobloc Barrier System, Thinsulate, Leather, or a combination of these.
Man-Made Linings such as Cambrelle®, Alvertex, GORE-TEX®, Hydrobloc Barrier System, or Thinsulate do not require special care; they simply need to be allowed to dry naturally and thoroughly after use, and cleaned with a warm damp cloth from time to time.
Leather Linings do however need to be regularly cared for to maintain performance. While offering superb comfort, leather can become damaged, dried and cracked by acidic foot perspiration. For this reason you should regularly clean the leather linings with a warm damp cloth, allow to thoroughly dry, and then apply a thin coat of Hydrobloc® Proofing Cream or Hydrobloc“ Conditioning Spray which will feed the leather, keeping it soft and supple.
Hiking Boot Soles do not generally require any special attention, but it is good practice to regularly inspect them for wear and general condition. Pay particular attention to any stones which might have become lodged in the sole, removing them carefully prior to use.
Check the Depth of Tread from time to time, as security and safety may be compromised by a significantly worn sole. Most Zamberlan boots are able to be resoled by specialist repairers, please contact your specialist retailer for advice regarding approved resoling companies.
4) How do I care for the laces and foot beds of my hiking boots?
Laces will normally offer a fairly long service life, but won't last indefinitely. Check regularly for signs of wear, replacing with genuine Zamberlan Boot Laces when necessary. It is a sensible precaution to carry a spare set at all times. Anatomic Zamberlan Foot Beds supplied with your boots should be regularly cleaned, and replaced from time to time.
5) Where is the best place to store my Zamberlan Boots?
Keep the original Zamberlan Boot box as a storage container to protect your boots from dust and sunlight. Some people like to stuff each boot with a sock or loosely crumpled newspaper to absorb odors and prevent bugs/mice from getting in your shoes (if storing in a basement, for example). Make sure the storage location is cool, dry, and away from direct sun light which cause leather to crack.