Like every skin, leather has it's own special qualities. Pigment marks, vein lines or different structures are some of these variations. It is impossible to avoid some structure and slight colour differences and due to this, there is no grounds for complaints.
The base material is a circa 5 mm raw cowhide which is preserved through the tanning process. The first layer (the grain lining) ranges between 1,3 and 2,8 mm thick and builds the full-grain upper. The other leather layers (der lining) are used as linning material. The water resistant quality of the leather is reached through the tanning proceedure. This water resistance requires renewing in the everyday cleaning of the boot..
So you are safe and comfortable on the go.
And that for a long time. Because your daytona® boots are loyal companions that take part in many tours and stay in great condition.
However, you should give the boots some support. Because our boots can do a lot except for one thing: take care for themselves. You read that correctly, this is about cleaning your shoes. Sounds old-fashioned – but that's how it is. And works wonders. Promised.
3 quick tips for the care in between
Regular cleaning and care.
daytona® boots are famous for durability. You can make your boots last even longer, if you clean them and give them some attention a few times a year..
Always condition them after riding in the rain.
You should condition your daytona® boots especially after long rides in the rain. Because essential compounds are washed out of the material by rain, reducing the good properties.
Spray the zip every couple of weeks.
To ensure that the zip always slides smoothly when you put the boots on and take them off, you should spray the zip with Turbo Grease every couple of weeks.
Cleaning the boots.
Remove dust and dirt with a cloth or a shoe brush that is not too hard.
Caution: Do not remove dirt with a high pressure cleaner – that makes leather brittle. Compressed air can sometimes be used solely for the zip. If it is particularly dirty, just give it a short blow at the petrol station.
Care of boots.
Impregnation. For waterproof boots, we have already done a lot. But the boot needs the owner to add the finishing touches: regular impregnation helps to keep feet dry. This also makes the boots dirt-repellent. daytona® Aqua Stop is applied with the sponge supplied. Please wait for a day after application to give the leather time to absorb the Aqua Stop and for them to dry out properly. Then polish smooth leather with a soft cloth; for suede simply brush over again.
Care of leather. Gore-Tex® boots need special care products that are low in fat or oil to keep them breathable. For example, daytona® Special Leather cleaner, which is applied with a soft cloth to the clean shoe.
Care of the zip. To ensure that the zip does not become a weak point, this also needs care. Turbo Grease from daytona® is simply sprayed on; this reduces abrasion and the zip remains smooth-running, durable and dirt-repellent.
Blacking leather. Scratches and scuffs in the leather can be made to disappear again with a quick black colour treatment. For this daytona® provides Leather Black in a tube with sponge.
Extra care after rain.
On a trip in the rain daytona® boots have a tough job: keeping your feet dry. But they are happy when you give them some extra attention afterwards. Because the wet washes fat and dye out of the leather, this makes the material less water-resistant in the long run. Therefore, as soon as the boots are dry, you need to make an extra lap – an extra lap of care.
Wet boots are best stuffed with newspaper or dried on a stretcher – at room temperature. Caution: Never dry boots on a heater or in direct sunlight. Stand the boots with the sole
upwards to dry, then the moisture between the layers can escape more easily.
Cleaning and brushing boots.
Make boots waterproof once more with Aqua-Stop.
Simply apply evenly with the sponge on the bottle and leave to dry, preferably overnight.
Apply leather conditioner.
If black leather is a bit faded, simply apply daytona® Leather Black. And a day later, when the Leather Black is dry, use daytona® Leather Care.
The upper material of your boot with GORE-TEX is leather and should be so handled. Regularly impregnate your boots with daytona®-Special-Leather cleaner or daytona®-Aquastop (Water Stop) to prevent the leather from becoming blocked..
Dry outer material keeps you warm better!
If your boots get wet, the first thing to do is to stand the boot with the sole upwards so that the water between the lining and upper material can escape more easily. When caring for your boots with GORE-TEX equipment, do not use any products that contain fat or oil, as otherwise the breathability can be considerably reduced. We recommend the daytona® special leather care and Aquastop.
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