How To Dry Boots Quickly In Just 30 Minutes: Amazing Tips!
Don’t you just get frustrated whenever you find your boots soaking wet just when you are about to use them? I remember this one time when I forgot to get my boots from my back yard, and it ended up getting completely soaked in the rain. I was really stressed out back then because I really needed to use my boots. But how can I when they’re soaking wet? Fortunately, I found out how to dry boots really quick with the use of some tools in my home.
If you too are struggling with a pair of wet boots, do read on to find out how you can completely dry your wet boots just in time for your trip. By the end of this article, you will no longer feel any frustration whenever you get your boots wet, because you will know how easy it is to fix.
Know Your Boots First
Boots can be made out of several materials including leather, suede, nylon, cloth, wool, and more. Before you go and find a way to dry your wet boots, you must first know the material that your boots are made of. Doing so will help you avoid taking methods that may damage your boots.
- Boots made with leather or suede for one, cannot withstand high heat. If you place suede boots under a hair dryer, you may end up having discolored boots or you may end up ruining the smooth texture of your boot’s suede finish.
- Lighter boots made with cloth on the other hand, are alright to put under high heat. However, when drying boots under high heat, you must closely monitor your shoes and watch out for any signs of discoloration or damage.
- Last thing you would want to look out for when drying your boots under high heat, is if your boots are made with stitches or if it was put together with adhesives. If your boots aren’t stitched, chances are it will fall apart if you put it under direct heat.
- You may also want to check if your boots are okay to dry using a washing machine. Some shoes today are designed to be washing machine and dryer safe. If your shoe has a dryer safe tag on it, you may give it a couple of whirls in the dryer to completely dry it out.
- If you think your shoe will not do well under direct heat, you may want to look for gentler drying methods such as leaving it out in the sun, placing it in front of a fan, or placing some newspapers on its insides.
What You Will Need
To completely dry a wet pair of boots, you will need to prepare these following materials:
A Vacuum Cleaner
To dry your wet boots really quick, you will need a vacuum cleaner with a blow function. To know whether your vacuum cleaner has a blow function, it must have a connector opposite the vacuum side where the air gets sucked in. Once you connect your vacuum tube to the blower connector, your vacuum should be able to blow out a warm blast of air.
If you need to buy or borrow a vacuum cleaner, I suggest you get one with a 2-horsepower motor for quicker results.
Since you are going to be handling a pair of soaking wet boots, you will need to prepare a dry rag to soak up any water that leaks from your boots. You may use any type of rag you wish, as long as it covers the surface you are putting your boots on. You must not forget this to avoid a mess unless you are drying your boots outdoors in your porch or garage pavement.
A Y-Shaped Flexible Pipe
You can get a Y-shaped flexible pipe from your local hardware store. You wouldn’t need a big one, just one that has tubes that can fit inside your boots and can fit the vacuum tube.
To make sure you are getting the right size, I suggest measuring the mouth of your boots as well as the circumference of your vacuum’s tube to ensure that everything will fit nicely together. The vacuum doesn’t have to fit snuggly into the pipe, it just needs to fit inside the pipe so that air will come out of the other two ends.
Before you start drying out your boots, you may want to squeeze out all the water you can just to make it dry faster. You may also want to remove the laces for quicker results.
If your boots have mud or soil on them, I suggest completely hosing your boots until there aren’t any debris left on it. Just make sure that your boots are completely clean of any dirt so that once they’re dry, you won’t have any more problems to tend to before you wear them.
What You Need To Do
Once you have gathered all the materials you need to dry out your shoes, you must follow these steps in order to dry your wet boots in just 30 minutes:
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Prepare the Vacuum Cleaner
Your vacuum cleaner will have a port where you can connect the vacuum tube in order for it to turn into a blower. The blower port is usually found at the opposite side of the port used to suck in air. All you need to do is remove the vacuum tube from the vacuum port, and simply attach it to the blower port.
Attach the Y-Shaped Flexible Pipe to The Vacuum Tube
In order to dry both of your boots at the same time, you will need to attach the Y-shaped flexible pipe to your vacuum cleaner. To do so, simply place one end of the vacuum’s tube in one end of the y-shaped flexible pipe.
To make sure that everything is in place, you may want to turn on your vacuum and check if air comes out of all the ends of the y-shaped flexible pipe.
Prepare Your Boots
Before you dry your wet boots with your vacuum, you must remove the insole of your boots first. Simply remove the insole of your boots from the bottom of your shoe, and place it inside your boots with half of it sticking out.
Place the Y-shaped Flexible Pipe in Your Boots
To start drying your wet boots, simply put each end of the y-shaped flexible pipe into each of your boots. Make sure that the ends of the pipes reach the nose or end part of the insides of your boot so that once the air blows in, the air will be circulated inside your boot.
Turn On The Blower
Once the y-shaped flexible pipe is in place, you may now turn on your vacuum/blower. Simply leave your boots to dry for 30-minutes
Flip The Insole
Once you are halfway through, you should take the insoles of your boots, and flip it over. Take the part that is sticking out of your boot and place it inside your boot and let the other part of the insole stick out. Doing so will ensure that the whole insole will be dried out completely.
Turn Off The Vacuum
After 30-minutes, your boots should be completely dry. Check the insides of your boots as well as the insole to make sure everything is completely dried out. Once you are sure that your boots are dry, you may turn off your vacuum and wear your boots to your trip.
Drying Leather Boots
When you are drying leather boots, you must avoid drying them with direct heat sources including blow dryers, campfires, wood stoves, heaters, or other heat sources that can inflict high temperatures to your boots. Doing so can ruin the leather material in your boots, and may even lead to several parts of your boots falling out.
If your boots are made out of delicate material such as suede, you may want to try a gentler approach at drying them. To dry boots without using direct heat sources, you can try using a dry piece of newspaper instead.
Simply crumple up a piece of newspaper and shove it inside your boot. Though this method can take longer to dry out your boots, it will surely help you avoid damaging a nice pair of boots.
It can be really frustrating to find your boot soaking wet when you need them most. Fortunately, there’s a quick way for you to dry your boots in just half an hour.
With the use of a vacuum cleaner that doubles as a blower, you can easily dry your boots just in time for your trip. If your boots are made out of delicate material, you may want to dry it out with some newspaper instead to avoid damaging your boots.
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