How to Remove Salt Stains on Suede Boots

Lanh Ma

Suede leather is made from the underside of animal skin. When suede is taken from cattle or deer, it tends to have a shaggy nap, while material taken from lambs, goats or pigs tends to have a smoother nap.

Suede boots can suffer from salt stains in the winter.

Suede is often used in boots and shoes, but this fabric can be vulnerable to salt stains acquired from walking on winter sidewalks. Removing salt stains from suede boots is important to keep them looking their best.


This cleaning solution can also be used for other leather shoes.


Make sure that the cotton cloth you have selected will not bleed color when wet, or it may stain your boots.

  1. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a small bowl. You only need a small amount to clean salt stains.

  2. Dip a corner of a piece of cotton cloth into the bowl.

  3. Use the dampened cotton cloth to buff out the salt stains on your suede boots.

  4. Restore the nap of the suede by brushing it with a new toothbrush until dry. Not only will this keep the nap in good condition, it will soak up any excess moisture.