Salt Stains: How To Remove Salt Stains From Shoes

The Huffington Post Canada   First Posted: 12/14/11 09:33 AM ET Updated: 12/14/11 09:33 AM ET

How do you get rid of salt stains? It's the question everyone afflicted by winter asks, but nobody seems to have the answer to.

"Every year, winter boot wearers complain about the same problems regarding unwanted moisture and damage from salt, sand and slush," said co-founder of Blundstone Canada Ian Heaps, in a press release. "Winter boots are an investment, which is why proper maintenance is so important to ensure you're getting more than one season out of them."

The video above has a step-by-step method on how to remove salt stains using white vinegar and a cotton cloth soaked in water.

Now, if you don't have waterproof boots or you're looking for others ways to protect your soles in the winter, Blundstone Canada has tips to consider:

Take preventative buying measures: Purchase boots that have a limited number of seams. With fewer seams, there are fewer places where water can seep through.

Dry out moisture: If your boots get wet, stuff them with newspaper to absorb the moisture and keep the shape of the boot. Always dry your boots at room temperature, and never with artificial heat, as it can dry out and fade the leather.

Weatherproof: After cleaning your boots with a damp cloth, dress leather boots with a wax-based treatment to keep the boots weatherproof and pliable.

Polish: Provide your boots with an extra barrier against the elements with a quick polish. Once your boots are completely dried, apply a regular polish and buff with a separate cloth to strengthen and protect the leather.

Do you have any alternative methods to get rid of salt stains? Let us know on Twitter at @HuffPostCaLiv, or in the comments below.

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