Cleaning Salt Stains from Suede Boots

When the sidewalks are icy and salt gets put down, it's easy to get salt stains on suede boots. This is a guide about cleaning salt stains from suede boots.


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February 4, 2005 Flag

If you get salt stains on your leather shoes or boots in the wintertime, mix one tablespoon of white vinegar in one cup of water. Dip a clean soft rag in the liquid, the wipe the salt stains. Allow to dry and your shoes should be good as new!

By Becki in Indiana

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WOW! This really does work, I cleaned my mom's salt stains off her leather boots with this vinegar mixture THEN I polished them with the inside of a banana peel. They look great and I then sprayed them with a leather protector!

I used a tooth brush to get the excess banana quish out of the seams, but the boots really did polish up nice! Does anyone have a natural solution for protecting leather verses, using the toxic protector stuff!

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January 8, 2015 Flag

How do you get salt off suede boots?

By Grace Ann

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

I'd use a stiff brush first. Remove as much as possible. Then a damp cloth to remove the rest. Let it completely dry, then use the stiff brush again to bring up the nap.

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

Here's another way of doing it: http://www.thri … f574995.tip.html

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January 13, 20160 found this helpful

Stiff brush first...then a solution of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water...using a rag...wipe(or scrub) salted area..rinse..let dry thoughly...stiff brush again...follow with a water repellant spray.

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January 20, 2015 Flag

Will using a toothbrush with toothpaste remove stains from my suede shoes?

By Eric

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January 20, 20150 found this helpful

Try this guide: http://www.thri … f574995.tip.html

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January 6, 20160 found this helpful

No but it works great cleaning sterling silver jewelry!

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December 20, 2013 Flag

My suede boots are a very bright and light blue color. How do I use vinegar to remove salt, but not to discolor my boots?

By Marina

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January 12, 20140 found this helpful

I got new red suede boots for Christmas and wore then out in the snow and got salt stains on them. Was heart broken as they were so comfortable and cute! I used the 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in the cup of warm water, wiped this on the boots and let dry. They look great, salt stains are gone and no discoloration. It is not a good idea to brush them or rough them up, because you are wearing the suede away.

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