How To Polish Cowboy Boots With Stitching?

I don’t know about you, but I love my boots shiny and looking new. Our preferences may be different, but the majority may back me up on this; polishing your cowboy boots helps preserve them and give them a newer look. However, there are those disappointing circumstances of finding some dirty stitching on your boots after proper polishing.

How To Polish Cowboy Boots With Stitching
Maybe the polishing discolors the stitches, or maybe you’ve been doing it the wrong way. So how do you keep your cowboy boots sparkling without the tiny discolorations? Let’s dive in and learn how to polish cowboy boots with stitching, shall we?

Why Do You Need To Polish Cowboy Boots With Stitching?

Before we learn how to polish cowboy boots with stitching, why should we even need to polish them in the first place?

Maybe it was your long-time gift from a loved one, and you just don’t want to let go. What if I told you could bring it back to life again. The reason for this vital step is to revive the old cowboy boots, to boost their longevity, to revitalize the boot’s moisture, and yes, to keep it off the dirt.

You need to be keener when polishing your cowboys’ boot with stitching. Why, you may ask. Well, the stitching of the boots freely gets dirty, and there are some ways to go about it. You can choose to polish the boots first and then address the stitching later, or you can keenly do it simultaneously.

Below are the steps to clean your cowboy boots with stitching; you might get a trick or two, and maybe your boots will thank you for that!

So How Do You Clean Your Boots With Stitching

Stitching on the sole is the pain for most of us. Stitching on the other sides of the boots may get less messy but on the sole gets easily dirty. Maybe the nearer the ground, the dirty they become.

Stitching on the other side of the boots may not be as dirty but is also faced with discoloration. And with discoloration comes the issue of a bad look and fading of the entire boot.

Regaining the color of your cowboy boots with stitching may be a daunting task to many, but it definitely has a solution. You will need some good time in polishing them and even the right materials for the job. Here are some of the right polishing tools that might save you the hassle of reviving your cowboy boots with stitching.

Kiwi Shoe Shine Kit
Polishing your leather cowboy boots with stitching has never been made this easier. Kiwi shoe shine kit comes with the relevant tools to revive, polish, and shine your boots. Before you start the polishing process, you will need the following.

  1. Horsehair brush
  2. Chamois
  3. An old cloth

If your cowboy boots are dusty, you can opt for a wet cloth to remove the dirt. In case your boots are not dusty, you can use the horsehair brush to eliminate the little dust. In case your cowboy boots need some reviving from sticky dirt. You can use the KIWI SADDLE SOAP to clean the dirt from the leather part of your boots and the soles.

After light rinsing your boots, you can use a clean rag to wipe the boots to dry them up. Only polish the boots when they are dry for that perfect shiny look.

Now that your cowboy boots are ready for polishing, here are the steps to follow for that perfect shiny look.

  1. Smear The Polish On Your Boots

Using your two wrapped middle finger and the index finger, scoop some wax polish or the cream and spread it on the boots. In a gentle and circular motion, apply the cream or the wax keenly on the leather parts of your boot. You may notice some clouding effect during this stage, but that’s normal, don’t fret about it.

For even shiny hacks, here are some of the products you can use in addition to your cream/ wax.

Kiwi Black Parade Gloss
The trick for an even shinier look on your leather cowboy boots is infusing this product into your wax/cream. The trick of using this for better results is heating it for 30 seconds and then leaving it to dry before applying it.

SaphirMedaille d'Or Mirror Gloss
Your final touch is never complete without 4 layers of Saphir. This melts the already hard wax and gives your cowboy boots the mirror reflection and glow.

  1. It’s Time To Brush The Boots Now

After using the wax/cream and the shinners above, it’s now time to pull off that horsehair brush. Brush repeatedly and at a faster rate till the cream and the wax spread evenly. You can then pull a different brush to bring a shiny look to your boots.

  1. Swab Your Boots

With the aid of a clean, dry cloth, rub your boots off any extra polish. Presence of lustre on the boots as you wipe is an indication that the mission is almost accomplished.

  1. Polish To Shine

bickmore cotton
This process is called buffing, and you can use Bickmore cotton from Amazon to add more shine to your boots.

After cleaning and polishing your boots, we now need to take care of the stitching as well. Here are some ways to clean the cowboy boots with stitching after polishing your boots.

  • Use Bleach Pen For Cowboy Boots With White Stitching

The bleach pen contains a nozzle and brush on its ends. The bleach removes dirt as you focus the small nozzle on the threads for the stitching. In the entire process, don’t use any water but only the pen on your cowboy boots’ stitch.

  • For The Colored Stitching, Go For A Wax Pencil

Need to revive your stitch color? Then the wax pencil is your solution. Use the wax pencil to draw the threat and not the leather. After you’re done, leave your boots to dry for some time and watch them reflect your image!


Reviving your cowboy boots with stitching should never be a daunting task anymore when you have the above procedures and tools. The wax pencil and the bleach pen are all that you need to give your boots that mirror reflection effect.

The bleach pen usually goes with white stitching but also, using the wax pencil breaks no bone. Conversely, for colored stitching, begin by smearing the bleach pen, then finalize by the wax pencil after polishing the boots.

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