Do Timberlands Need Waterproof Spray? (Why Spray?)

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Most people know that Timberland boots are made for rugged conditions. They are sturdy and protective, with strong leather that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. But can they handle water too?

In order to get the most out of your Timberlands, you should buy a waterproof spray for them. These sprays will help protect the leather from water and stains. The spray will also make the boots last longer than if you did not use them.

It’s more that if you don’t waterproof them, water will leak in through the seams and this accumulation can cause damage over time to your boots.

Do Timberlands Need Waterproof Spray?

Timberland boots are made with leather and occasionally suede as their upper material. Because of this, they can be relatively easily damaged by water from rain, snow, and other adverse weather conditions.

So, to protect your shoes and your feet, waterproofing your Timberlands is a very good idea. It’s a good step to take before you wear your shoes at all.

They can be waterproofed with specially-designed waxes or a spray-on waterproofing agent. Be sure to use the correct waterproofing agent for the material you have on your boots; regular leather can be treated with wax or spray, while suede should only be treated with spray.

Are All Timberlands Waterproof?

Timberland’s lines of work and hiking boots are all designed to be waterproof. They have rubber soles, tanned and pre-weatherproofed leather, and a joined tongue to prevent leaking into the shoe. They’re also insulated for winter use, to keep your feet warm when working outside in the snow or other cold weather.

Unfortunately, most of their other shoe lines, including their trainers, are made of non-weatherproofed materials like canvas and suede, which means that they will need to be waterproofed after you purchase them.

Additionally, you should retreat your boots, whether they’re pre-weatherproofed or not, after using them for an extended time to make sure they retain their water repellent qualities.

Do You Need to Waterproof Timberlands?

No, you do not need to waterproof Timberlands (in the purchase period). Many Timberlands come waterproof in the box thanks to various elements including waterproof membranes, waterproof silicone seam-sealants, and waterproof leathers.

In fact, Timberland as a company has proudly been waterproofing its boots since 1973. Check individual Timberland boot listings for style and design details.

How Can I Further Waterproof my Timberlands?

To further waterproof your Timberlands by hand, apply water-based waterproofing products made specifically for leather such as Timberland’s own Balm Proofer, which not only waterproofs but also improves resilience against staining.

What Should I Spray My Timberlands With?

What spray you need for your Timberlands will depend on the material and what you want to accomplish. You may want to use a protective spray to repel dirt and salt that may damage your boots for leather boots. You will want a waterproofing spray like Gear Aid to prevent water stains and grime for suede Timberlands.

Timberland Sprays to Consider – It’s essential to pick a spray without color unless confident that the coloring matches.


Moneysworth & Best Suede & Nubuck Protector, 5.6-Ounce


For leather:

  • Moneysworth; Best SnowGuard Boot Protector.
  • Nikwax Fabric and Leather Proof

For suede:

  • GEAR AID Suede Nubuck Revivex.
  • M;B Suede and Nubuck Protector.

The only thing that you need to keep in mind is to pick a good quality spray but not one that will yellow or damage your boots. It’s a good idea to give them a good cleaning and then apply the protective spray every couple of months, depending on how often you wear them.

To clean and waterproof your Timberlands all you have to do is wipe down the leather with a soft cloth and then use some saddle soap to remove any stains. Then take a toothbrush and scrub out any dirt from the bottom sole. Once you’re done with this, let them dry, and then apply the protective spray as mentioned above.

Do Waterproof Boots Need to Be Sprayed?

It is dependent on the boot. If you own waterproof leather boots, then you will need to use a spray silicone waterproofing solution on the boots before you first use them. If your boots are membrane boots, then you should not use a spray waterproofing solution.

This will reduce the breathability of the boot. Instead, you should use some sort of leather conditioning. This will normally be rubbed onto the boot instead.

Remember, waterproofing your boots is not a one-time process. You will need to regularly spray your waterproof boots to ensure that they remain waterproof.

In summary, if you want to keep your Timberlands in tip-top shape, it might be time to spray them with a waterproofing solution. While many boots are made to be water and stain-resistant, they can still be damaged if they’re exposed to harsh elements over an extended period of time. In addition, anti-stain treatments aren’t permanent and will wear off over time.

Quality waterproofing sprays can help prolong the life of your boots and ensure that they’re always ready for a walk in the rain.

But before you go out and buy any ordinary waterproofing spray, it’s important to know that there are some precautions you should take when applying waterproofing products to your Timberlands.

Make sure that the product you use is intended for use with the material your boots are made of. Not all waterproof sprays are made for leather surfaces, so make sure that the product you choose has been designed for this purpose.

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