Help for salt-stained leather boots

Sep 13, 2007
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The other night I ended up in a sloshy parking lot wearing a pair of relatively new leather boots. When I got home they were wet and didn't think much of it. But when they dried they were thoroughly salt-stained. Ahh! I doused them in Wilson's Leather Lotion and scrubbed for about 5-10 minutes, changing the rags frequently. Voila! Today they look good as new.

Anyone else have any tips for keeping leather boots looking nice in bad weather?
 

CEC.LV4eva

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My cobbler just says to run them under water

Anyhow, I'm too lazy to do that so I just bring my boots to him and he cleans them for me and does a much better job. I'm sure he uses other products to get the salt out though.
 
Sep 13, 2007
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Thanks for the tips Cec and Lulilu! I've always been afraid of touching my boots with a wet rag, worried about water marks, but I guess that's pretty irrational. Taking them to a cobbler to be cleaned is also a good idea. (Had this old pair of Frye boots I tossed years ago because they became decrepid looking. Never thought of a cobbler. Duh!)

Thanks! :biggrin:
 
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I have been wondering about this too. Usually the day or two after they are putting salt down I just won't wear leather shoes and bust out my Hunter wellies, but I'd love some tips on preventing the salt stains if I have to wear leather boots.