Warm, soapy water will also remove water stains and scuffs. Styleforum is proudly sponsored by. Lemon juice and cream of tartar have a mild bleaching effect, so only use this on light-colored leather.
If you have cleaned the road salt properly off your shoes, it won't reappear unless you step in more road salt. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube. Quick Summary To clean road salt off leather shoes, start by mixing 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar.
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I was impressed with the layout and way the advice was given. I liked that it wasn't given with exclamation marks and cartoonish embellishments that try to amuse. Thank you so much, the problem may seem so small, but good leather walking boots are wonderful things, and to be able to restore them was such a relief.
Thanks for letting us know. Start by adding 1 tablespoon of castile soap to 1 cup of warm water. Stir to incorporate, then dip a portion of your towel into the soapy water. Next, add equal parts water and white vinegar to your spray bottle. Gently shake to mix, then spray the diluted vinegar onto a clean section of your towel. Use it to remove areas of salt buildup on your boots. Vinegar is great at dissolving salt spots and other mineral deposits! Vinegar is certainly effective, but it can draw moisture out of the leather.
I hope someone can offer you a solution, I would say that you should leave them to totally dry not anywhere particularly hot before you try anything else. I have a feeling that the OP may have had some salt residue left on the shoe from walking around Toronto in the winter months.
This recent downpour is what brought out the salt stain. The thread I linked above talks about a vinegar and water mixture which should remove the stain after several applications. Thanks for the link. I did come across that and thought about the vinegar and water solution. Just gotta pick up some vinegar. You may have a good point there.
Maybe it is a salt stain. However, I wore rubbers during the winter. But we've had little snow in February and March and so perhaps while there was no snow there could've somehow been salt getting on my shoes when I was no longer wearing rubbers.
Still, it's pretty apparant and only became noticeable yesterday after a huge rain pour. Is it possible that the rain washed away the polish displaying a salt stain? Seems like a strange occurrence. I fear rubbing too hard, but then I do want results. And as for water repellent Nexus6 , Apr 21, Feel free to rub vinegar into your shoes all you want, I prefer salt stain remover. DrZRM , Apr 21, They're looking quite fine now, I must say!
It seems that perhaps I've freaked out a little when all I needed to do was give them a night to DRY! Now if I look very closely I can still see the stain, but it's not noticeable unless looking for it. Is it possible that it is salt stains? But then I never noticed it until the rain got to them yesterday which leads me to believe they are simply water stains. Can't go wrong with that, but should I apply it to my shoes?
Vinegar on a Terrycloth. Pre-wet the terryvloth with water.
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Apply the WD on the salt stain and use a cloth to wipe off the stain. As an added bonus, the WD will help to waterproof the leather, so consider applying it to the rest of the shoe as well.¹ Wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any residue from the vinegar or onion. How To Clean Salt Stains From Leather Shoes In 4 Easy Steps Recently I was rearranging my closet to make room for my fall and winter clothes, and I noticed that one of my favorite pairs of boots was covered in salt stains from last winter. Salt Stains on Leather Shoes and Boots Begin by mixing one cup of cool water and one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture and wipe it over the salt stains.