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Drip drop, drip drop, the raining is falling down,
Drip, drop, drip, drop, splashing all around.
Let’s put on our gumboots, our raincoats and our hats,
And jump in the puddles with a splish, splosh, splash!

I live in a very rainy part of the world, which is why I invested in a pair of Original Hunter Wellies to keep my tootsies dry. Quite an investment for a pair of rubber boots, but, hey, they’re hardy, tall (withstands splashes!), and stylish too.  There’s a myriad of colours to choose from original black, green, navy, chocolate, to fun colours like  pea green, aubergine, fuschia, silver, yellow, violet, and so on…I originally planned on purchasing the Aubergine Originals (a dark, rich purple), but decided on the, well, hunter green. I love my Hunters because they keep my socks and feet dry, and are quite slimming on my legs.  Yippee, bonus!   And they happen to be practical and stylish.  Extra bonus!

TAKING CARE OF YOUR HUNTERS…and that damn white bloom!

After a few wears, Hunters often develop a chalky, white dusting all over them.  According to the Hunter website, the white marks are created through a process called “blooming” in rubber — its protective measure to shield against environmental damage. Ha, I just personified a pair of wellies!  The white marks can appear quite readily in hot or humid weather.

All Hunters are made from 100% natural ingredients and a small amount of wax in the rubber compound.  When the boots are exposed to certain environmental factors (like snow), this wax “blooms” to the surface and appears as the white dust marks.

WHAT I WANNA KNOW IS…HOW TO GET RID OF THE WHITE MARKS?

Try one of these following techniques (personally, I’m partial to using the olive oil):

1.  Wipe “bloom” marks with a clean, warm, damp cloth (1.5 cups of vinegar to 1 cup water).  It’ll be even more effective if you add some white vinegar in it.

2. Use UV Tech, a boot cleaner and conditioner that can be found online (it used to be manufactured by Hunter).

3.  Wipe with warm, soapy water and cloth.

4. Use McNett UV tech cleaner, a boat cleaner. That’s right, BOAT.

5. Put some olive oil on a cloth, and wipe away. (This works for me…but do not get it on the soles, read below for why).

6. Wipe with Armor All products original protectant wipes.

7. Use an oil-based furniture polish.

8.  Use Goo Gone Products.

Try whatever works for your boots…although I’d try to use the chemical-based ones as the last resort!

PREVENTATIVE TRICK

I’m not sure it’s because of this preventative trick, yet even after a couple years my green Hunter Wellies have yet to bloom (*knock on wood*).  Okay, well, they have had tiny blooms only along those grooves (that look like seams), but I was able to wipe them off with olive-oil.

What I have done and continue to do is spray my boots with a vinegar-water solution after they dry from the outside elements. That’s it. No signs of a bloom attack….yet.

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