How to Waterproof Timberland Boots (Step-by-Step Guide)

Timberland boots are some of the most popular boots used for both style and comfort amidst all-season weather conditions. And while you can wear them out in the rain or wet conditions, they’ll last a lot longer if you waterproof them before wearing them out in the elements.

In this article, we’ll take you step by step through the process of how to waterproof Timberland boots with products such as dubbin or waterproofing sprays. 

Keep reading to learn what to do and what should be avoided when waterproofing your boots.

Waterproofing Timberland Boots

Step 1: Clean Your Timberland Boots

First of all, you want to have clean Timberlands before you can waterproof them. If your boots are brand new, you won’t have to worry about this step.

The easiest way to clean them off is by using a damp paper towel or hand towel to wipe off the surface. Make sure to scrub down the rubber sole as well since it’s the most likely area to be covered in dirt.

Step 2: Dry Your Timberland Boots

Second, you’ll want to make sure your boots are dry before waterproofing them. So, if you cleaned them, you’ll need to let them air dry fully.

If you have a lot of excess water that’s left on your boots you can use a soft towel to dry them. After a few hours of air drying, they should be dry enough to move on to the next step.

High temperatures should be avoided so you shouldn’t put your boots in the dryer or leave them out in the sun to dry.

Step 3: Apply a Waterproof Coating

The third and most important step is to apply a waterproofing substance to your leather Timberlands. There are basically two options when it comes to these substances.

  1. Dubbin
  2. Waterproofing spray


Dubbin is a gel-like, waxy substance that many people apply to the leather and joints of their boots. It acts as a waterproofing agent, strengthening the waterproof quality that leather already has to some degree.

Timberland actually sells some waterproofing agents on their website that are specifically for their boots.

For example, you could try Waximum Waxed Leather Protector, which contains beeswax and coconut oil. It softens and protects waxed leather materials. Or, you could try a dubbin such as M&B Dubbin, which is a heavy-duty waterproofing compound that comes with a gentle sponge applicator.

With dubbin products, gently apply a thin layer of the product to your leather boots with a sponge. Let the boots air dry fully before you don them outside where they might get wet.

Waterproofing Sprays

Waterproofing spray is the alternative to dubbin. It’s fairly affordable, just as dubbin is. Some think this method is easier because you can apply it faster and more evenly with the spray method.

One highly recommended waterproofing spray is Timberland’s own Balm Proofer Water and Stain Repellent spray.

Or, you could try a silicone spray such as Kiwi Clear Boot Protector, which bonds to leather to create a tough yet breathable waterproof barrier.

To apply waterproofing sprays, hold the can or spray bottle about 6-12 inches from each boot and spray an even coating.

Try to avoid letting the spray pool up and create areas that are too wet on your shoes. Make sure to apply this spray outside or in a well-ventilated setting that is dry. When you’re finished, let your boots completely air dry before wearing them again.

Step 4: Allow the Boots to Dry

Now that the waterproof material has been applied to your boots, it’s time to let them sit and air dry again. If you wear them too quickly after this process then they’ll be less effective at keeping water away.

I always leave them sitting on some newspaper in a cool and dry room so that I know they’ll be nice and dry after a few hours.

What to Avoid When Waterproofing Timberland Boots

When you waterproof Timberlands, you want to avoid using certain products that might be harmful to the leather material. Furthermore, there is a right time to waterproof these boots that you need to be aware of. Take a look at some of the things you should avoid when you’re waterproofing your pair of Timberlands.

Direct Sunlight

Leaving your boots in the direct sunlight could lead to issues with the boot material and could change how effective the waterproofing works.

Other common heat sources that should be avoided when drying your Timberland boots are a dryer or hairdryer.

Waterproofing Wet or Dirty Boots

One thing you want to avoid is trying to waterproof your boots when they aren’t dry. You also want to avoid waterproofing them while they’re dirty. Doing so could trap moisture or dirt under the waterproof seal, which can lead to mold or other issues.

Furthermore, applying a waterproofing agent onto wet leather isn’t going to be as effective as applying it to dry leather.

Using Waterproofing Products on Suede or Formal Shoes

While Timberland advises customers to use dubbin or waterproofing substances on their leather boots, they warn against using it on dress shoes or suede shoes. Waterproofing waxes and similar products can damage these materials and change their appearance.

Wearing Waterproofed Boots Before They’re Dry

Third, you want to make sure that your waterproofing substance has fully dried on your Timberlands before wearing them again. You should let the boots dry naturally (air dry) for best results, which may take several hours or a day. Having patience will pay off in this respect.

Final Thoughts

Waterproofing leather Timberland boots can extend their life and make them even more protected from rain and other wet elements outside. Use a dubbin or waterproofing spray to create a waterproof barrier on your Timberlands today.