The most important rule is not to use silicone-containing care products, as they close the membrane and hence for the breathing function – turning the boot into a non-breathable ‘rubber boot’. All the usual care products may be used, but it is important that the declaration on the care product indicates that the care product can be used for GORE-TEX®.
ECCO GORE-TEX® boots / shoes are generally produced in 3 types of materials
Oil nubuck / nubuck
In ancient times, before GORE-TEX®, you heavily impregnated with silicone and lubricated a thick layer of fatty leather. It’s also OK because it protects the leather and makes it almost waterproof. But at the same time breathability disappears, so the feet “boil”. Leather fat is therefore not a good idea anymore.
Use TexCare Impregnation Spray. Also spray the footwear under the soles. Impregnation ensures that the leather does not absorb so much water and does not take much of it against dirt. Water is also a problem when you wipe the footwear because leather that is soaked by water in the long run will crack. For daily maintenance: Use shoe polish in the leather color. Shoe polish is to some extent cosmetic but also contains wax that further protects the footwear and adds it to the fat. TexCare Leatherlotion also supplies the necessary fats that prevent the leather from cracking and is uncoloured.
Oil nubuck: Impregnated as leather and maintained with a beeswax spray agent, eg Rustical. (Oilnubuck is leather that is wiped up and then applied a thin-flowing waxy grease.)
Nubuck: Impregnated and maintained with TexCare Impregnation Spray. Rues possibly. up with a suede pad before impregnation.
Textiles: TexCare Impregnation Spray is used here – also in the daily.