Keep your fall and winter boots looking great no matter the weather—and for years to come—with these easy tips, including how to clean leather boots, how to waterproof leather and suede boots, how to store boots, and more.
How to Remove Salt Stains from Leather and Suede Boots
Walking over salted sidewalks and driveways in your boots? That salt not only stains leather and suede boots, it can also eat away at the material (particularly leather) over time.
“White vinegar is the go-to for getting salt stains off of leather boots,” says Jolie Kerr, author of My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Mix white vinegar with water (equal parts or a 2:1 water-to vinegar ratio) and apply the mixture sparingly using a rag, cotton ball or paper towel. You’re not trying to saturate the leather, she says, just a nice light wipe. Once the salt stains have disappeared, wipe the boot with a soft dry rag or cloth. The same trick works for suede.
Looking for a store-bought product to do the trick? Kerr recommends Kiwi’s Salt-Stain Remover, which has a handy built-in sponge applicator. Feibing’s makes a nice salt stain remover, too, Both are effective on both suede and leather.