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.



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