How To Get Salt Stains Off Your Boots & Shoes Without Ruining Them

March 17, 2015 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

Last week’s warm weather surge was great in a lot of ways (I could finally swap out my heavy wool coat for my lighter trench!), but there was one down side to having spring temps so soon: there was still salt on the roads, so I ruined my shoes! I was so eager not to wear snow boots, that I pulled out a regular pair of suede booties I love and wore them to work. Big mistake. By the time I got to the office, they were covered in salt stains. Luckily, this does not mean that they are ruined–you can easily remove salt stains from both leather and suede shoes, using the instructions below:

If you have a soft-bristled toothbrush you can use that to brush off the excess salt and get a more thorough clean throughout the process (below). Otherwise, you can use an old rag or hand towel.

Mix together equal parts water and white vinegar. Dip the brush, rag or towel in the mix and then dab or gently rub it on the boot to remove the stains. Once you’ve worked over the entire boot, let them air dry–do not use a blow dryer or heater (this can cause the leather to fade or become brittle).

If there are any remaining marks when dried, wipe it with a clean dry rag or repeat the steps above.



Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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