When boots are skated on for an extended period of time, they often become wet from perspiration on the inside lining and wet from snow and ice shavings on the outside leather and blades. Composed of 98% moisture and 2% salts and acids, perspiration is a central element in boot corrosion. The foot produces and carries more bacteria than any other part of the body. Bacteria consume protein and since leather is 98% protein, they also eat boots. To prevent these different types of deterioration, perspiration should be wiped from the inside and outside of boots including blades after every use.