How To Transform Your Old Boots With Dr Martens Wonder Balsam

Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam, why do I love this stuff? Well, if you’re anything like me and love Doc Martens, you’ll love this stuff too! 

Think of it as a balm for boots, like a protector, a blanket, a raincoat, all in one cute little pot, which will last you forever, well, not exactly forever, but for a very long time! 

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What is Dr Martens wonder balsam? 

Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam is a mixture of coconut oil, lanolin, and beeswax; it has no color and comes in an 85ml pot. You can use it on all leather except suede. 

How does it work? 

 What does Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam do?

 It nourishes, conditions, cleans, and protects the leather to help you keep it soft and supple without polishing.

It keeps your boots and shoes looking as bright as they did on the first day you got them. 

How to use Dr. Martens wonder balsam

  1. Learn how to get into the tin!

    Firstly, you need to know how to open your Dr. Martens wonder balsam. Now, this might seem a little strange to all of you grown-up people, but let me tell you, it’s not as odd as it sounds, and anyone who has spent 20 minutes trying to discover how to get into this little tin of goodness will wish they had read this first! 
    First, unscrew the lid of your Doc Martens wonder balsam (obviously), and remove the handy little sponge in the lid. Now, underneath the sponge, you will see a small tray that the sponge rests in; this is the lid of the wonder balm. You must remove this tray under the sponge to reveal the Dr Martens balm. 

  2. Remove any dirt and dust from the leather. 

    Make sure no grit, dust, or dirt may scratch the leather. I dry dust first, then sponge over with a damp rag and dry off with a soft cloth.

  3. Remove the laces

    You don’t have to remove the laces. However, I prefer to remove laces as this enables me to get right into the nooks and crannies of boots, especially if you are breaking in your Docs and want to soften the leather quickly.

  4. Apply the balm generously.

    Apply the balm, take the sponge, and lightly dip it into the Balsam. Apply generously using circular movements and cover all areas of the shoe or boot.

  5. Apply wonder balm to the seams and stitching.

    I like to apply around the seam and stitching to weatherproof and extend the stitching life.

  6. Allow the balm to work its magic!

    Leave to soak in for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes. I prefer to leave my balm overnight, particularly on new boots, to speed up the breaking-in process and make my boots soft and supple. 

  7. Remove excess if required.

    Take a clean, soft polishing cloth and buff lightly to remove any extra balm; no polishing is necessary, and the wonder balm should have brought back the luster to your boots. 

Pair of black Doc Martens

When to use Dr Martens Wonder Balm

  • I use Dr Martens Wonder balsam to break in new boots, as it’s incredible for helping to soften up the tough leather that comes with new Doc Marten territory.

I have written a very helpful post about the secret to breaking in new Doc Martens, so if your boots are ripping your heels to shreds or you’ve tossed your uncomfortable Docs in the cupboard, dig them out and read this post!

  • I like to use Doc Martens wonder balsam to care for my boots in the winter. Protecting leather boots from watermarks and salt marks from the snow and heavy rain is great. I also think it gives them an excellent water-resistant coating. 
  • I like to use my Doc Martens Wonder balm to restore my boots to a respectable finish when they look slightly worn, battered, and tired. 

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