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How to Get the White Out of Leather Shoes That Is Caused by Snow & Rain?

Updated November 21, 2016

Leather is a material that is commonly used in furniture, accessories, briefcases and shoes and is made from the skin of cow, sheep, goats or pigs. It is a very absorbent material that can stain easily when exposed to rain, snow or other substances, such as salt left on streets and sidewalks during the winter. This can leave a white residue on leather shoes, which can be cleaned effectively with a few tools. Consider applying a layer of stain protectant to leather shoes once a year to help protect the shoes against exposure to stain-causing substances.

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  1. Use a soft brush or cloth to wipe away dirt, salt or other debris on the shoes. Gently buff the surface of the shoes with a soft brush to bring up as much of the stain as possible.

  2. Mix together ½ cup water and ½ cup white vinegar and dip a clean, soft cloth into the mixture. Do not saturate the cloth. Use the cloth to gently rub away the white stains on the shoes.

  3. Repeat until the stains are gone. Use a clean, soft cloth to gently buff the shoes dry in circular motions.

  4. Tip

    Consider using a leather conditioner after the shoes have been cleaned to keep the leather soft.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth(s)
  • Soft brush
  • Water
  • Vinegar

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.

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