Though salted roads and sidewalks may be a welcome sight on icy days, the fact of the matter is road salt damages footwear and can leave unsightly white stains on the surfaces of your boots.
Fear not, however, because there is a simple and inexpensive way to get rid of these salt stains, which will keep your boots looking new for longer.
To bring your salt-stained boots back to their former glory, you'll need a few things – warm water, white vinegar, and a couple of gentle washcloths.
Simply dilute one tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup of warm water and use this solution to wet one of the washcloths.
Dab and gently rub the stained area with the wet washcloth until the salt stains have been removed.
Using the second washcloth dab away any excess moisture to help speed up the drying process.
After you've dabbed away the excess moisture, simply let the boot air dry at room temperature. Avoid drying your boots in the dryer or at the vent as this can be damaging to certain types of materials like wool and cotton.
If, once the boots are fully dry, you still see some salt stains, simply repeat the cleaning and drying process until you are satisfied with the look of your boots.
While this method is safe for leather and most types of fabrics, be cautious when cleaning suede or other sensitive materials using this method.
When in doubt, rub the diluted vinegar solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the boot to make sure the materials will react favorably to the cleaning process.
If start-stained boots are getting you down, you're not alone.
Fortunately, there's a simple and cost-effective way to deal with the problem that uses nothing more than a few common items that you most likely already have around your home.
By simply using warm water, vinegar, and a couple of gentle washcloths, you can easily clean salt-stained boots and return them to their former glory.