How to Remove Snow Marks From Leather Boots


Snow marks on leather boots are better known as salt stains. When you wear your boots all winter long, they're bound to pick up some of the salt strewn on the snow to prevent people from slipping and falling. The salt collects on the boots in white crusty rings that can deteriorate the quality of the leather over time. These "snow marks" must be removed immediately to prevent damage to the boots.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar and water
  • Plastic bowl
  • Towel
  • Beeswax

Pour a cup of water and a tablespoon of white vinegar in a plastic bowl.

Dip the towel into the vinegar/water mixture. Wring out the excess back into the bowl.

Use the towel to wipe off the snow marks. Wipe until the white crust has completely disappeared. Allow the leather boots to air dry for about a day.

Rub some beeswax onto the boots to prevent further damage. Beeswax will lock out both water and salt damage.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also substitute a leather conditioner like Leather Mate for the beeswax. Mink oil and cream polishes also work well.
  • Don't let the snow marks stay on the boots for more than a day. It's best to remove the stains as soon as possible.

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