How to Polish Boots With a Dremel

by Jeremiah Blanchard

Polishing a pair of boots is a task considered necessary for optimum care and performance of leather boots. Polishing keeps boot leather healthy, and prevents the leather from cracking or drying out. Over time, through the advance of technology, polishing has become easier by the use of buffing machines and rotary tools. The Dremel tool is perfect for performing many household chores with multiple interchangeable attachments, including polishing old leather boots. With a few basic instructions, anybody can polish their boots using a Dremel.

Items you will need

  • Boot polish
  • Saddle soap or soapy water
  • Cloth
  • Dremel tool
  • Soft buffing attachments

Polishing Boots with a Dremel

Step 1

Clean the boots with a saddle soap or warm soapy water. Ensure that you remove any embedded dirt or debris from any grooves or crevices on the boots.

Step 2

Allow the boots to dry, then apply a boot polish with a cloth, or use your finger and rub the polish all around the leather area of the boot. Start with a light coat of polish.

Step 3

Using a soft buffing attachment, such as a soft cotton fiber disc, turn on the Dremel and begin polishing by barely touching the buffing attachment edge to the boot. Do not press down hard.

Step 4

Move the Dremel along the length of the leather area of the boot, in long vertical strokes side-by-side, until all the polish has been buffed to a shine.

Step 5

Apply a second coat of polish, and begin buffing using short horizontal strokes until the leather area is free of any polish residue, and a lustrous shine is achieved.