How to Clean Dr. Martens Shoes

by Contributing Writer ; Updated September 28, 2017

Dr. Martens shoes are a valuable purchase, and you want to keep them looking their best. Dr Martens are different because of the air-cushioned sole created by Dr. Klaus Martens o f Germany in the 1960's. Well made, these shoes will be with you a while and you want to keep them looking fresh and new for years to come.

Items you will need

  • Scotch guard
  • cleaning solution
  • dry and damp towels
  • tooth brush
  • shampoo
Step 1

Scotch Guard your shoes. This is a protective solution that will keep the shoes resistant to stains and spills. Spray on the Scotch Guard outdoors and let dry.

Step 2

Apply your cleaning solution, such as dish soap, to the exterior of your shoes. Completely soak the shoes to ensure a good coating. Leave the cleaning solution for at least 3 minutes.

Step 3

Use a dry towel and wipe the shoes to get rid of any dirt. Repeat this process until the boot is free from dirt and grim.

Step 4

Clean the stitching with wet tooth brush and apply a few drops of shampoo. Brush the stitching vigorously.

Step 5

Using a damp towel wipe the stitching to remove any remaining shampoo.


  • Reapply your scotch guard after every few cleanings to ensure your shoes remain water resistant.