When your galoshes have a hole or split in them you might think of simply throwing them out. However, this would be a mistake if your galoshes (also known as “Wellington Boots” or “Wellies”) are otherwise okay.
You can potentially repair your mud boots yourself and save money by not getting someone else to fix them. Here’s how:
Use A Puncture Repair Kit
While the idea of using a puncture repair kit may seem odd, this method is something of a tried and tested one.
All that you need to do is:
- Clean the area around the hole or split
- Clean the area thoroughly using a clean, damp cloth and allow it to dry.
Use some sandpaper to gently get rid of any scratches or any bumps on the surface around the split or hole. In addition to removing any scratches or bumps, using sandpaper will help to create a rough surface. This ensures that the patch you’re about to use will stick to your boot.
If you don’t want to sand your wellies down, be aware that the patch might not stick so well. It’s always best to sand the area down so the patch has something to grip.
Cut Some Rubber
Find some rubber in your puncture repair kit and cut it to the ideal size. The piece should be slightly bigger than the hole or split. When it is, it ensures a much better repair. A larger layer of rubber can also help to prevent water from entering the hole or splitting again.
If you’re not sure how much you need to cut, cut a patch of rubber that’s a little bigger than the hole or split.
Apply A Thin Layer of Adhesive
Use the rubber solution or adhesive that comes in the kit. Apply a very thin layer and leave it for 2-3 seconds. Next, take the patch you have made and gently place it on top of the solution or adhesive. Ensure that the edges have been pressed down firmly.
If your edges aren’t flush with the boot, add even more adhesive. If you don’t have enough adhesive, you will need to buy some glue. Be aware that repairing Wellington boots or any type of footwear requires the right glue. Using the wrong type of glue could result in a bad repair. As a result, you may have to start over.
Apply some Chalk
Now it’s time for you to apply some chalk. Adding chalk will ensure that there is no residual stickiness. As a result, you’re less likely to get dust and dirt building up around that area of your Wellingtons.
The good news is that chalk is usually provided with every puncture repair kit. Wait until the adhesive has dried before you add any chalk or else you’ll create a bit of a mess on your wellies. Once it has dried nicely, add some chalk around the area that you applied the patch to.
Your Repaired Wellington Boots
Your Wellington boots should now be practically good-as-new. While repairing your wellies with a puncture repair kit may seem unusual, it’s an easy and effective method to do the trick. Of course, if you don’t have a puncture repair kit or you cannot buy one, there are other things you can do.
Adhesive tape can also be used to repair wellies, although it may only work as a temporary measure. Tape can last a while, but it’s most likely only a temporary solution.
Ideally, you will find an alternative method such as using a bonding adhesive. Ensure that it’s suitable for use with footwear. If it isn’t, it could actually do even more damage to your boots. Do your research and find out what works.
Use the above tips to help you to repair your galoshes. With a little bit of work on your part, you too could quickly and easily fix that slit or hole in your wellies.