A night on the town is great for your social life, but can be rough on leather boots. An alcohol spill that lands on your boots is quickly absorbed, leaving a stain and odor. You don’t have to let an alcohol stain ruin your leather boots. When you treat the stain with supplies safe for leather, you can get rid of the alcohol and accompanying odor to return your boots to ready-to-wear condition.
Things You'll Need
Press paper towels into the leather to absorb any moisture from the alcohol. Discard soiled towels.
Apply a pea-sized amount of white toothpaste to a damp toothbrush. Gently scrub the alcohol-stained area of your leather boots with the toothpaste.
Dampen a clean cloth with water. Wipe the surface of your leather boots to remove the toothpaste.
Pour full-strength white vinegar onto a clean cloth. Wring out the cloth to remove excess moisture.
Wipe the surface of your leather boots from seam to seam, covering the entire leather surface. Wiping the entire boot prevents variation in color of the leather in one area due to moisture from cleaning.
Dry the leather with a clean cloth. Allow your boots to air-dry.
Rub leather moisturizer into your boots with a dry cloth. Allow the moisturizer to soak into the leather for 20 minutes. Wipe off excess moisturizer with another cloth.
Remove moisture from a stain as quickly as possible to prevent damage to your leather boots.
Cover your leather boots with baking soda to absorb remaining alcohol odor, if needed.
References and ResourcesMrs. Clean: Leather Cleaning
"Good Housekeeping"; Caring for Shoes and Boots in the Winter; Carolyn Forte
University of Kentucky; Odors: What's That Smell?; Linda R. Adler; January 1997
The Vinegar Institute: Uses & Tips -- Other