How to Clean Stains on Light Colored Leather Boots

By Jonae Fredericks

It's a great feeling to invest in a good pair of leather boots, and the exact opposite feeling when they get stained for the first time. Stains on dark leather may fly under the radar, but ones on light colored leather can be a real eyesore, especially deep ones. The key to removing stains on light colored leather is to get to them before they set. Different types of stains require varying methods of cleaning that can help keep your light colored leather boots looking as good as new.

Woman Boots under the Rain in Europe
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Grease

Remove grease stains by blotting up as much of the grease as you can with a clean cloth. Sprinkle a small amount of talcum powder over the stain and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, wipe away the talcum powder with a cloth.

Mildew

Clean mildew by using a one-to-one ratio of water and rubbing alcohol. Apply the solution to a clean cloth and gently rub away the stains. Allow the leather to air-dry afterward.

Dirt

Dirt or dust can be removed by applying an oil soap or saddle soap to a damp cloth and then gently rubbing the cloth over the boots. The soap will break up and dissolve the dirt. Allow the boots to air-dry after cleaning.

Road Salt

Clean off road salt stains with a boot brush, brushing the salt off the boots as they dry. Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a small bowl and apply the solution with a soft cloth. The vinegar solution will remove any leftover salt residue and restore shine.

Ink

Spray boots with hairspray to remove ink. Wipe the area with a clean cloth and continue the process until all traces of ink disappear.