Muck Boots are a perfect solution for sloshy-season chores, duck hunting, and even dog park adventures. They’re durable and easy to pull on, comfortable for a full day of wear, and a cinch to wash off. Like anything else that endures harsh treatment for extended periods, a little maintenance goes a long way. Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply offers this quick way to repair Muck Boots.
How to repair Muck Boots
Any part of a Muck Boot can be repaired using the following household items and a tube of sealant that retails for less than $7.
- Aquaseal Repair Adhesive (in stock at most Murdoch’s stores)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Cotton ball or cleaning cloth
- Sandpaper (if repair is on non-fabric surface)
- Duct tape (or other tape… but who doesn’t have duct tape?)
- Old toothbrush
- Prepare the surface:
- If the repair is on a non-fabric surface, roughen the area first with sandpaper. If the repair is on a fabric surface (like neoprene), skip the sandpaper.
- In a first-aid kit or bathroom cupboard, you probably have a bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Clean only the area that needs repair with this solvent. It dries immediately, and it breaks down oils on the surface. You can use a cotton ball, cotton swab, or other cloth or rag.
- Add backing:
- You may have to apply duct tape as backing, depending on the location and severity of the tear or cut.
- Remove this once the sealant has cured.
- Apply Aquaseal to the tear or cut. Use an old toothbrush to work the sealant into the damaged area.
- Industrial strength urethane
- Ideal for neoprene, nylon, and rubber
- 2 in 1 adhesive and sealant, permanently seals, bonds and repairs
- Stays permanently flexible
- 100% waterproof
- Dries to clear and is washable
- Allow 8-12 hours to dry.
Tips to avoid repair
- Use your boots! When you keep your Muck Boots exposed to the elements, you avoid dry rot.
- Rinse them off. Chemicals that are naturally present in manure and dog park waste can break down even the toughest materials over time, not to mention fertilizers, street chemicals and salts.
- Remove the sock liner to allow the boots to fully dry inside. A PEET dryer also works wonders on those liners.
- Sharp objects will puncture Muck Boots. They’re tough, but they aren’t bulletproof.
- Consider investing in a Muck Boot with a Spandura Upper, if you haven’t already. It gives the neoprene shaft more durability. It also fits more snugly to your calf, keeping water out from rain or splashes, which means drying the sock liner becomes less of an issue.
How long do Muck Boots last?
- Think of your Muck Boots (or any other boot for that matter) like you do tires. Eventually, they will wear out.
- It varies from one person to the next and depends on the level of daily use.
- Most people get over a year, and they can last three to five years for some people. On average, two years.
Is it time to retire your Muck Boots?