SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With so much salt on roads and sidewalks, there is no doubt that you are walking around with salt on your shoes, and that isn’t a good thing.
At Ideal Shoe Repair in Springfield, owner Jack Silva has seen more salt-on-shoe issues this winter than most years.
Salt doesn’t just make a stain, it can actually damage the shoe.
“It scars the leather. The leather soaks up the salt and it ruins the leather, practically. You can clean the stain, but you cannot get rid of the damage it already did,” Silva said.
The earlier you can remove the salt, the better. Silva uses a product called ‘desalter’ but recommends white vinegar if you’re clearing your shoes at home.
Rub the white vinegar on the salt stain with a rough towel, let it dry and repeat if necessary. Once the salt is gone and the shoe is dry, then you can polish it.
He says that salt removal is the most difficult for suede shoes.