How do you get moisture out of work boots?

Do you find your work boots are always wet and heavy? It may be time to take them off. But how do you get the moisture out of work boots? The answer is simple, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. You will need to use a few methods in order to dry out your footwear properly.

Whether it’s hunting and fishing or hiking and camping, we’ve all experienced that moment when your boots get wet and then dry out to the point where they are stiff as boards. When this happens, the best thing for your work boots is to break them in again by getting moisture out of work boots with these 3 easy steps.

Put your work boots in the freezer overnight

That will work to create a temporary ice pack for a sprained ankle, but it’s not a good idea to do this for more than 8 hours. By “freezing” the boots, you’ll take away their ability to be heated up again properly and they’ll become permanently damaged.

Plus, if your freezer is running low on power, you might just end up making the situation worse by causing it to overheat instead of freezing. In other words – don’t risk it!

If you’re looking for an ice pack that’s long-lasting without being too expensive or something that can also help with pain from sore muscles or arthritis, try freezer gels . They stay cold much longer and are safer as well as more convenient.

Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil on the stovetop

In order to get a pot filled with water to boil, it usually requires a fairly large flame. It’s because of this that many people prefer to use the electric stove top. However, while an electric stove takes a few minutes to heat up and stabilize, once it reaches its set temperature, it can be programmed so that the burner will not turn off until you have reached your desired temperature – perfect for boiling water quickly! In other words, there’s no need for added fuel on an electric stovetop if you’re only using the appliance for its primary purpose.

Submerge your work boots for 10-15 minutes

Submerge your work boots for 10-15 minutes in water and then remove. Repeat until all the moisture is gone. Pat dry with a towel and place them in a place to dry completely.

This works because water molecules will penetrate into shoe seams deeper than dirt or oil can, and because dampness doesn’t stick well to materials like rubber or fabric, which means it should be relatively easy to get rid of once you scrub the surface with soap and water.

For best results, immerse your work boots in a sink-full of cold water overnight. Submerge them so the leather is covered completely, and by morning it should be dry (and deodorized).

However, if you’re looking for quicker results you can submerge them in hot water for 10-15 minutes. During that time they will shrink to the size you bought them! After this brief soak, remove them from the water – but don’t put them on. If they are too small now (meaning smaller than what they were before), take some cloth like towels or socks and stuff it inside the boot to stretch it back out to normal size.

Take them out of the pot and let them dry off before wearing again

Always take the work boots out of the pot before they dry. That way, when you loosen them to remove them from the pot, excess water will drip off to prevent unnecessary soaking onto your carpet or into other shoes in your closet.

You should then place a towel below work boots that leave puddles in order also to soak up excess water. Next, let them dry in an open area for at least 24 hours before wearing again – do not wear leftover damp work boots!

The longer you wait to wear footwear after being wet without drying them afterwards, the less likely it is that you’ll have time for lengthy drying procedures because moisture can cause shoe molding if left too long without drying off.”

You can’t easily take moisture that has seeped into your work boots out by just wearing them, the easiest way to dry them is to let them air dry fully without wearing.

If you wash your boots, remember not to apply petroleum jelly or other lubricants before storing them for drying- doing so can trap sweat and condensation inside the boot which will eventually harden.

Another option is to put something like corn kernels in an oven heated at 200 degrees for 10 minutes, then leave your boots in the area with heat (directly on oven coils but don’t touch it) overnight.

Last semester my school’s theatre tech class went through theater footwear during tech week because the live performance was outdoors and there were wet environments involved.

Repeat as needed (until they’re no longer wet)

The trick to getting moisture out of work boots is to repeat the process until they’re no longer wet. That said, you should take caution not to over-wet your work boots or else they will rot! If you end up with water in your work boots, then the best course of action would be to pull them out and air dry overnight.

The problem with wet boots has everything to do with how their leather absorbs water. Leather is an organic material made from collagen fibers that are extremely thick and densely packed. When any form of moisture penetrates these fibers it grabs on tight, forming a little pond where bacteria can quickly grow leading to mold or worse yet – blackspot!


If you’re wearing a pair of boots that are too tight, it could be trapping moisture inside. One way to get the moisture out is by putting your work boots in the freezer for 24 hours before taking them off and letting them air dry.

This should loosen up any leather or fabric that has been overstretched from being wet so they’ll fit better next time! Another tactic would be to try using an absorbent substance like cornstarch powder on your feet when working outdoors for long periods of time.

It’s important to note there are some risks involved with these methods- if you use salt while doing this treatment, it can cause chemical burns on skin which will need medical attention.


What can I put in boots to absorb moisture?

Some common household items that work well for absorbing moisture are old towels or paper towels. It is important to leave the item in place until the boots have finished absorbing the soda juice. Then air out and dry your boots thoroughly before wearing them again.

If none of these things work, try a pair of rubber kitchen gloves; they will suck up liquid like a sponge and provide instant relief to wet feet and cold toes in only minutes!
Please do not wear in shoes with bare feet inside because you risk skin irritation from dampness against skin, bacteria from floor dirt contaminating inside foot area or mildew from dampened cloth rotting shoe insides!

How do you dry sweaty boots?

There are quite a few solutions. The first one is drying them out completely before you put them on again so they don’t stay sweaty.

Wool socks help cut down the sweat as well. If you need to, use baby powder or foot talc to absorb moisture. You can also buy boot liners that go inside boots which absorb moisture very well and helps reduce symptoms of foot dampness and discomfort.

Depending on how sweaty your boots are, spraying them with waterless spray might also work but this should be done sparingly (once every 2-3 weeks) because it may wear down rubber soles over time.

How do you fix waterlogged boots?

  1. Put the boots in a tub with lukewarm water and baking soda
  2. Let them soak for at least an hour
  3. Rinse off any excess mixture and let them dry overnight
  4. Add two tablespoons of salt to the boot’s sole, then rub it in until you can’t feel it anymore
  5. Put on some thick socks before wearing your boots again
  6. Repeat this process when your boots are wet or dirty again!

Why do my feet sweat so much in work boots?

It is possible that the work boots are not size appropriate for your feet. The wool pads in work boots hold moisture and may be too thick or too thin. Employers will sometimes require their employees to wear steel-toed safety shoes, which can also encourage sweating and thus become uncomfortable and sore.

If you suspect that it’s a shoe issue, try breaking up your day by wearing different footwear every few hours. Another thing customers might do is make sure they take breaks from the job demanding those tough working conditions to keep those pores from enlarging or beginning to chafe as a result of perspiration building up under them as time goes on, although this should really only be temporary until something else can be done about it.

How do you make boots breathable?

  1. Put newspaper in the boots to soak up the moisture
  2. Use a hair dryer on low setting to help air out the inside of the boot
  3. Allow your feet to breathe by wearing socks that are made from natural fibers like cotton or wool, instead of synthetic materials like nylon or polyester
  4. Place an open box fan near your feet while you sleep so it can circulate fresh air throughout your house
  5. Keep windows and doors open as much as possible during spring and summer months for better circulation
  6. Consider buying a pair of shoes with ventilation holes at the top, which will allow more airflow into them than closed-toe shoes would allow

Can I use a hair dryer to dry my boots?

The short answer is “No,” and here’s why:

There are two different types of heat:
1) conductive heating, which transfers energy by direct contact with a physical substance or an object, and
2) convective heating, which occurs when heated air touches wet objects.
Conduction requires direct contact with the material through conduction. In this case, you would need to come into direct contact with your boots–rubbing them against the hot air from the dryer–to attempt to increase their temperature quickly enough to dry them out. Unfortunately for you though, the surface area touching the water in your boots will be minimal at best because most of it will already be submerged in water.

How do you make a homemade boot dryer?

Creating a boot dryer is easy! You will need to go to your local hardware or home improvement store and purchase some PVC piping. The size of the pipe you get depends on how many boots you will be drying at one time. I typically get 10 feet, but if I have a lot of boots, it may take up to 20-25 feet.- Before installing pipe in walls, measure out how long you want each leg in your boot dryer to be.

Take the measurements and cut all pieces accordingly with a saw or a heavy duty pair of scissors.- When installing PVC in the wall always use an outer layer for insulation so when it becomes colder outside there is less chance that water from wet footwear comes in contact with cold.

How do you dry wet leather shoes?

  1. Let your shoes dry naturally, preferably in a warm and sunny place
  2. Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process
  3. Put on some socks while you’re waiting for your shoes to dry
  4. Be sure not to put wet leather shoes near any heat source such as an oven or radiator
  5. If possible, let them air-dry before wearing them again so they don’t shrink too much
  6. Clean your boots with saddle soap and water if they are really dirty and use a brush or old toothbrush for tough stains

How do I get moisture out of my shoes?

The most common cause of wet feet is sweat, because your feet can perspire up to one pint an hour. Sweat evaporates naturally if the clothing you’re wearing has ventilation or airflow (such as socks that wick away moisture).

The next time you wear your shoes, wear them with no other coverings like socks. Instead, try spraying them down line getting rain on grass–talk about bad luck!–then allowing the shoes to air dry by leaving little cracks open for ventilation and soaking up sunlight. You should find that this should do the trick 99% of the time!

How do I stop moisture in my shoes?

  1. Keep your feet dry by changing into dry socks if you are wearing wet ones
  2. Use a foot powder to absorb moisture and keep feet from smelling icky
  3. Put on shoe inserts that are made of materials like cotton or wool to help wick away sweat and moisture
  4. Try using an antiperspirant spray in the shoes before putting them on, but be careful not to get it inside the shoe where it can irritate skin
  5. Wear open-toed shoes when possible so air can circulate around your toes – this will also keep your feet cooler in hot weather!
  6. Avoid walking barefoot outdoors as much as possible because this leads to blisters, athlete’s foot, and other problems that will only make things worse for you!

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