About two weeks ago I pulled out my beloved Hunter boots after a summer of being stored in the closet and found them covered in “dust.” I rubbed them with a damp microfiber cloth. They seemed to get better for a brief moment then went back to looking “dusty,” almost powder covered.
Then I turned to my most knowledgable friend, Google. According to the Hunter website,
Occasionally, you may notice white powdery marks on your Hunter rubber footwear. This is described by the term “blooming” and is completely normal for natural rubber products. Blooming may occur in certain conditions when insoluble particles rise to the surface of the rubber. This is a process that is a known characteristic of high quality, natural rubber and nothing to be concerned about.
Great. So they ‘bloomed.” Fearing permanent damage or that I was going to have to find a shoe repair shop, I was beyond pleased to find out that all I had to do was purchase a $12 bottle of Hunter Boot Buffer from the store where I purchased my boots, take it home and apply it to my boots with a clean microfiber cloth and they’d be restored.
With my $12 spent, I drove back home and with seemingly the least amount of effort necessary, I applied the Buffer by spraying it as per the instructions on the bottle. Within seconds I saw a great difference in the appearance of the boots. In less than 5 minutes both of my boots were fully reconditioned.
A week later I went to wear my boots again and they had lost some of their luster. While not in full “bloom,” they were dull looking. I took a few minutes and applied the Buffer again which restored them to near-mint condition.