Boot scrapers are nearly as old as boots themselves. In fact, just a few generations ago, many Americans had scrapers at their front doors for visitors to scrape mud off before entering. A boot cleaner that includes a scraper will be much more effective than one without, and here’s why. A cleaner with good bristles will eventually cut through layers of mud and get a boot clean, but it would do so much more easily and quickly if you started with a boot that had already been cleaned to some extent. The scraper gives you the ability to scrape all the muck off the bottom and even outside of a boot’s upper before you start the job of removing what’s left. A boot cleaner with both good bristles and a scraper will yield far better results than one that is missing one or the other.