Now that winter has passed, we are left with the mess. During spring cleaning, we all start to rearrange everything in the closet to make room for clothes and shoes. Thus, I notice that all my leather shoes were stains with salt from last winter. Hence, I start immediately cleaning them because there was no chance I was going to throw them away. Because they also need special care, I looked for natural solutions to use to keep the material intact. Thus, if you are looking for a gentle way to get rid of salt stains from leather shoes, you’re in the right place. This article will show you how to do that in 4 easy steps so your leather shoes look like new. Keep reading!
First of all, to get rid of salt stains from leather shoes, you will need the following supplies and ingredients:
– Castile soap
– White vinegar
– Spray bottle
– Hair conditioner
– DIY waterproof paste
Here are the instructions for safe and gentle approach when cleaning leather shoes:
1. Start cleaning by getting rid of the dirt and debris. Thus, for this, you will need to prepare a mixture combining 1 tablespoon of Castile soap with 1 cup of warm water. To incorporate the castile soap very well, make sure to stir the mixture until you get a soapy water. Then, soak your towel into this mixture and when you get it damp, gently wipe off your leather shoes.
2. Now that your leather shoes are ready for removing the salt stains, prepare another mixture in a spray bottle, combining equal parts of water with white vinegar. Shake the mixture and then gently spray the diluted vinegar onto a clean section of your towel. You can now proceed to remove the salt stains from your leather shoes, the vinegar will do the job for you, dissolving the salt and other mineral deposits.
3. After properly cleaning them, it is time to also condition. You want them to last as long as possible. Because we are talking about leather shoes, well, vinegar can only get you that far. It is most definitely effective, however, it can take out the moisture from the leather. Hence, you will need to hydrate your leather shoes in order to prevent any cracking. For this, you should apply a small amount of hair conditioner. It will smoothen and improve the look of your leather shoes. Then, simply buff the excess with a clean, dry cloth.
4. This last step is all about waterproofing. You need to waterproof your leather shoes so you can prevent any further water or salt stains. For this, I have another natural mixture you can prepare. You will need 50 ml of olive oil, 25 gr. of beeswax and 10 drops of lavender oil. Simply put the olive oil and the beeswax into a glass jar and allow it to melt using the bain-marie method. When everything smoothens out, add the lavender oil. After you remove it from the heat, allow it to cool down until it stiffens. It shouldn’t last more than 20 minutes. Now you can gently rub this mixture onto your shoes, not only they will smell good, but they will also look like you just bought them.