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How to Treat your Leather Boots for Winter

11.15.2013 WRITTEN BY Noah How to Wear, Inspiration, T+P Blog Central

It’s already half way through November, and for most of us this means snow and/or rain. To protect your leather boots from the winter elements, follow these simple steps-

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1. Spray

Before wearing your winter boots, we strongly advice spraying them with a waterproofing treatment. This protects your boots from water marks, salt stains, and overall damage from moisture and dirt.

2. Clean Off Salt Stains Right Away

If it snows where you live, chances are you know all about salt stains. Salt stains not only look awful, they break down the fabric of your boots as well, causing irreparable damage. Not only that, if your boots have zippers or metal accents, the salt can also cause these elements to rust. To prevent salt damage, it is best to take care of the stains immediately. Still wet salt stains can be easily removed with a damp cloth. Dried salt stains can be removed with a special cleaning agent, or you can make your own by combining equal parts of vinegar and water to make a liquid solution. Dip a cleaning rag into the solution, then wipe around the salt line. To finish, use a clean damp cloth to wipe off the solution and any remaining salt line. Wipe with a dry towel, then leave to dry away from direct heat.

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3. Keep your Boots Polished

Scuff marks can be removed from leather boots using baking soda. Simply dip a damp cloth in baking soda and wipe over the scuff marks. Wipe clean, let dry and buff. Oil stains can be removed from suede boots by rubbing as soon as possible with either cornmeal or talcum powder. Gently brush off with a towel after leaving for a few hours to soak up the grime.

 

(links via: wikihow, goodhousekeeping, curatedbykiki)

 

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