Get Rid of Salt Stains for Good
The method outlined below work best on leather so please exercise extreme caution if attempting to use on suede and, if possible, avoid wearing suede when it's slushy outside.
If you live in Canada, you are familiar with the unsightly salt line that appears on your leather shoes and boots. And while there are de-salting products available at your local cobbler, it is likely that you have everything you need at home. To treat leather:
- Mix equal parts room temperature water and white vinegar;
- Soak a clean rag in the solution;
- Use rag to dab salt stains;
- Gently wipe down spot with a clean, damp rag;
- Gently wipe with a dry towel; and,
- Allow boots to dry naturally (avoid drying with artificial heat sources, like radiators, as they will dry out the leather making it brittle and more likely to crack).
Caring for Suede
The same methods used for leather cannot always be used for suede, which needs to remain dry so it doesn't lose it's texture. A quick way to loosen dirt and stains on suede is with a kneaded eraser. Be careful, using a lighter touch, when dealing with suede as you do not want to flatten it. To lift flattened fibres back into place, simply brush gently with a dry terry cloth towel or clean toothbrush.