How to Remove Salt Stains From Suede Boots

February 4, 2005

A pair of tan suede boots.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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January 8, 2015

How do you get salt off suede boots?

By Grace Ann


January 9, 20151 found this helpful
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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.

January 13, 20160 found this helpful
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First, use a stiff brush. Then a solution of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. Using a rag wipe (or scrub) the salted area, then rinse. Let dry thoroughly. Use the stiff brush again and follow with a water repellant spray.

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December 20, 2013

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


January 12, 20140 found this helpful
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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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February 3, 2011

How do I use a home remedy to clean salt from suede shoes?

By dahlia from Philadelphia, PA


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February 4, 20110 found this helpful
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I just use an old soft bristled toothbrush to remove as much of the salt residue as possible, wipe with a damp rag, then lightly rough the suede up with the toothbrush again and allow to dry. I've had my snow boots for 19 years (16 winters of which were worn in highly salted Michigan instead of the sand used here in Washington State where I live now) and they still look almost new.

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December 11, 2009

How do I get salt out of faux suede boots? I have flat black boots that got stained by street salt, the kind used to melt the snow. Now the boots have white stains. What can I do?

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