Author: Michèle Langlais
It’s important to take care of your safety footwear to ensure their longevity and effectiveness. For the sake of your feet, it is therefore essential that you take good care of your work shoes. They will last longer and wear more slowly.
It is recommend that you inspect your shoes before and after each use to look for signs of wear, cracking, tearing or any other damage that can affect their protective qualities. Sure signs that it’s time for new safety shoes? A cracked or crushed sole, uncovered protective cap or torn leather or fabric. Furthermore, if they not deemed safe for work, they should not be used for DIY projects at home or any other type of work, as their protective components are no longer effective.
Here are the rules for making your safety footwear last longer:
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- To maintain the shoe’s gripping component, remove any mud or snow encrusted into the sole, as well as any gravel or piece of metal.
- Brush your shoes to remove stains and dirt, or use a damp cloth to clean them, but steer clear of soap—leather is not a fan!
- Leave your shoes to dry in a warm, dry and ventilated room, but keep them away from any direct heat, such as electric baseboards. Do not leave them out to dry in the sun.
- If they are made of leather, apply a leather-recommended quality grease or silicone polish to dry-proof them.
- If they are made of synthetic fabric, clean them by hand with water and mild soap. Use the same drying instructions as for leather.
You also need to take care of your insoles! If they are damaged, replace them. To keep your feet healthy, spray your shoes with a deodorant every night after work to neutralize odours and benefit from an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effect.
Your safety shoes’ wear-resistance is dependent on how they are used and maintained. It is therefore very important to inspect them and replace them as soon as they can no longer guarantee optimal safety for your feet. Remember: Damaged shoes = Danger!
To limit the risks of slips and falls, sprained ankles and back injuries, take good care of your safety footwear!