This morning I used the infamous ‘SNO-SEAL’ beeswax on my crusty old Timberland leather work boots. In my experience it is the best waterproofing for boots all season long.
As you can see in the picture above, they were used and abused this past year (actually I’ve had these boots for a number of years – although I somewhat rotate what I wear), and they were badly in need of some protection and waterproofing.
Protection for one’s feet (boots!) is VERY important when it comes to preparedness acquisitions, especially since in a time of (collapse?) SHTF, or even normal times while living more self-sufficient (rugged?) – you will certainly be using your feet more often and probably in harsh conditions.
Regularly treating your leather work boots (any leather, not just work boots) with SNO-SEAL is cheap insurance to help keep your feet dry – and to help protect the leather…
Here’s how it works:
While the picture above showing my boots after being treated with SNO-SEAL still shows the leather’s wear-and-tear, the boots are now coated and penetrated with a soft beeswax that will keep the moisture out. My boots were so dry that I will probably do them a second time. The instructions say to apply as much as the leather will absorb…
What is SNO-SEAL made from?
It is really made from Bee’s Wax. Not grease or oil or some other product.
It’s made in the USA by a company named ‘ATSKO’, in Orangeburg, SC.
What’s so good about Beeswax (SNO-SEAL) and how does it work?
It is superior from the combination of its ability to remain fixed in the outer layer of the leather and the superior water resistance of Beeswax. It dries to a solid wax that stays put on the surface.
Grease, oil, animal fat, and many other wax formulas are liquid (or at least soft enough to migrate thru leather), and they’re not as good as beeswax because they soak away from the surface and migrate through the leather.
Beeswax provides just enough lubrication to prevent hardening of leather in typical use. It does not soften leather.
It maintains flexibility in freezing temperatures.
It does not interfere with the natural breathability of leather (or Gortex).
How do you apply SNO-SEAL beeswax?
You just smear it on. I use a small piece of cotton (cut from an old t-shirt) and squeeze some of it on the cloth – and then rub it into the boot. I apply it especially thick to the seam-sole areas! The directions say to simply keep applying it until it won’t absorb anymore.
They also say that it helps to heat up the boot (e.g. with a hairdryer or leave them in front of the wood stove or radiator, etc..) so that the wax absorbs better. It does help, although I’ve done it both ways.
This has been a public awareness tip which may inspire some of you to get your hands on some of this stuff for the sake of your work boots and dry feet…