How to Remove Snow Stains from Leather Shoes
I had a query from a client yesterday asking me how to remove ‘snow stains’ from her leather shoes. Unfortunately she had to trudge through dirty snow yesterday and as a result the leather is stained. Here are a few methods which may help to restore our reader’s shoes back to their former glory:
METHOD 1: WHITE VINEGAR & BEESWAX
- Step 1: Stuff your leather footwear with newspaper and let them dry out naturally. Don’t place them in front of a radiator or fire hearth.
- Step 2: Mix a cup of water with a tablespoon of white vinegar. Dip a clean cloth into the liquid, and then wring the excess out. Then, wipe the shoes/boots until the salt marks have completely disappeared. Let them dry out naturally.
- Step 3: Rub some beeswax into the shoes/boots with a clean, soft cloth which will condition and shine, and help to prevent future water / snow / salt damage.
METHOD 2: SHOE CLEANING PRODUCTS
- Step 1: As above, stuff your leather footwear with newspaper and let them dry out naturally. Don’t place them in front of a radiator or fire hearth.
- Step 2: Wipe the shoes with a clean damp cloth to remove any surface dirt.
- Step 3: Buff the shoes with a shoe cream or wax polish (in an appropriate colour), available from shoe shops. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
METHOD 3: STRANGE BUT TRUE?
- A recent texter to the Ray D’Arcy Radio Show suggested that buffing dry leather shoes with a peeled raw potato works wonders at removing ‘dried in dirty snow stains’! I have never tried this method so I can’t tell you whether it works or not.
- But, on the subject of strange, food-related cleaning methods, I know for a fact that rubbing leather shoes with the inside of a banana skin creates a blindingly good shine (albeit it can create weird banana-scented leather). Have you tried this?
Thank you to the team at Serendipity Shoe Boutique for their help in putting this feature together.