Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How to Remove Salt Stains from Leather Boots: A Step-by-Step Guide with Pictures

If you've been looking to get rid of those pesky salt stains on your winter boots, keep reading to find out how to do it...

Winter has hit and it has it hard. And I know that you've been having problems with pesky salt stains on your leather boots because I've been having problems with salt stains on my leather boots this winter as well! But it's officially spring and having salt stains on your leather boots no longer have any excuse. It's time to make our shoes look like we've been wearing them well and protect them to keep them looking good for years. So in this step-by-step how-to I'm going to show you how to remove salt stains and bring life back to your shoes. I'll also show you how to condition your shoes and prevent future salt and water stains. So here we go...

First, you will need:

1. A Shoe Brush
2. Body Soap
3. A Spray Bottle
4. Vinegar
5. Hair Conditioner
6. Towel
7. Leather Boot Waterproofing Spray

First brush off your boots. We're going to do this to remove any big pieces of dirt and debris to make it easier to clean.

Then take your favorite gentle body soap, water, and a towel and gently clean off your leather boots. 

Next, prepare your water and vinegar solution, the agent that's really going to do the trick to remove those salt stains. Take a spray bottle and add half parts water and half parts vinegar to the bottle and shake it up to create the perfect mixture.

Next, spray the mixture from your spray bottle onto your boots particularly where your pesky salt stains are. 

Then, wipe clean your boots with water just to remove any excess vinegar that might be drying to your boots. 

To replenish the moisture that can be lost from using vinegar on leather boots take some of your favorite hair conditioner and spread it liberally to your leather boots. Then wipe clean your boots again if necessary to remove any excess moisture. Balance is the key.

Lastly spray a waterproof spray onto your boots to protect them from new water stains or salt stains. I'm using Kiwi's Protect-All for leather and fabrics which I got at Target for $7.50.

And then you're done. Your boots should be looking good, as good as new and should stay looking this good for a long, long time.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope that it was really helpful. Let me know how it goes by letting me know in the comments below or on Twitter @11Chic. Have a great day!

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