CLEANING LEATHER AND SUEDE BOOTS AND SHOES

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Steve Madden leather riding boot, a must for all seasons

Most of us have already shown off our stylish leather and suede boots/shoes and many are ready to purchase new ones.   Whichever scenario fits you, you need to make sure you nurture those precious gems. 

I often get asked “How do I remove salt stains”.  First and foremost  before you wear shoes and boots in messy weather, spray them with a water-repellent coating.  There are products which work on both suede and leather, small investment for lasting outcome. Spray again during the season, and after cleaning.  To keep pesky salt lines from forming, take action as soon as possible once indoors:

Don’t let nasty salt ruin your shoes/boots

Leather:  Do this before your shoes dry off.

1)     Mix 1 tbsp of white vinegar with 1 cup of water

2)     Wet a sponge or cloth in the mixture and ring out the excess

3)     Wipe the leather boot and then stuff the boot with a shoe tree or paper to help hold the shape

Suede: Do this before your shoes dry off. 

1)     Brush the suede with a toothbrush or a suede & nubuck brush such as “Tana Dual Action Brush” to remove salt or stains which could be removed

2)     Wet a sponge or cloth in the mixture and ring out the excess

3)     Blot (do not wipe) the boot.  Be careful not to wipe suede, only blot. Wiping away the salt will get rid of the salt, but it will also ruin the nap in the suede

4)     Once dry use a toothbrush or special suede brush to bring back the nap.

 

Tana All Protector

So don’t fear the element fall and winter throws at you.  Enjoy walking in your fabulous footwear. 

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