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How to remove salt stains from shoes?


Winter is not only a tough time for drivers, but also for our shoes, which are exposed to soaking and destruction caused by salt spread in the fight against snow. Salt leaves ugly white stains on shoes and can even lead to permanent damage if not properly taken care of. Sometimes even a short walk can leave stains on our favourite shoes. How to deal with this problem? Here are some useful tips.

How to protect your footwear from adverse conditions in winter?

We should take care of the shoes already when we buy them, however, most often we don't think about it yet. It is worth to impregnate the surface of your new shoes with special spray that we can buy in shoe shops. What products to choose? It's best to rely on shoe manufacturers who offer special products for different types of footwear. We will not always be able to protect shoes from salt completely, however, shoes previously impregnated will not be as badly damaged as those left without any protection. Besides, it is easier to remove any soiling from a shoe with a protective layer.

What do specialists say about removing salt from shoes?

It is best to avoid soaking your shoes, but if this happens and there is a chance that your shoes have been exposed to salt, it's best to deal with it as soon as you get home. You should not allow salt to get deep into the material from which the shoes were made because then even when cleaned, it is possible that the white salt stains will reappear. However, the way salt is removed depends on the type of shoes. Not all materials are cleaned in the same way. You should take special care of leather and suede shoes. Salt may permanently destroy leather shoes as it reacts with them. To prevent this from happening, you need to remove salt from your shoes as soon as possible, even before you return home. Do it very quickly, using wet wipes - it's best to always carry them with you. The best way to clean at home is to use a damp cloth. Remember to do it carefully because the leather should not be rubbed vigorously. If this doesn't help and the stains are still visible, you can use shoe shampoo or special shoe care products. It is important to remember that all such shoe creams and sprays should be used strictly as instructed by the manufacturer. It may happen that you use too much remedy - in this case, instead of cleaning your shoes, you will destroy them completely. Suede shoes are even more difficult to maintain than leather shoes. First of all, you need to remember that water damages them. That's why you should avoid wet cleaning. If your shoes are soaked, they should dry first and then it is easier to remove the dirt. If you try to remove the dirt from wet suede shoes, there is a risk that it could get even deeper, and the structure of the suede would be damaged. For dry cleaning, a special brush with a rubber tip is the best choice for suede shoes. If you don't have one, you can even try to use a school rubber. After such mechanical cleaning, you can use special foam rubber, depending on the manufacturer's instructions.

What are the home methods for cleaning shoes from salt?

For removing salt stains from shoes, there are also various home remedies. You can use them on your own risk only if you do not have other options. One of the recommended ways is to dilute the vinegar in water in equal proportions. Wipe your leather shoes with a damp cloth in the vinegar solution, and suede shoes only after they have dried using rubber brush. Many people suggest removing salt from shoes with a cloth soaked in warm milk and repeating this until the stains disappear. However, in order to protect shoes from salt, vaseline (petroleum jelly) is recommended. Remember that when using home methods, you have to be careful not to destroy your shoes. It’s best to first try out home remedies in places that are less visible.


Removing the salt that damages your shoes is possible if you start acting quickly and don't ignore the problem. However, it is best to impregnate your shoes properly in order to prevent their damage and the salt absorption. The safest way is to follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Only this will guarantee that we won't destroy them. Remember that you can use the presented home methods only on your own risk. However, if you want to enjoy your favourite shoes for a long time, it is best to follow the recommendations of footwear specialists.

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