In this post, you will discover how you can remove water stains from your faux leather shoes and boots efficiently.

Water stains can be very ugly on faux leather boots and shoes, and to remove and get rid of them completely, you may think that you will need some special products, but in this post, I’m going to show you a very simple method to not only remove them, but also prevent water stains from appearing again.

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First of all, let’s discuss what are those water stains?

They are simply salt particles on your faux leather boots!

This problem can also affect real leather shoes and boots, trust me, in real leather, the problem is much worse, in faux leather, it’s just in the surface, but in real leather, the salt is adsorbed by the fabric and can be very difficult to get rid of.

Water stained faux leather boots

Water stained faux leather boots

You may be wondering how come salt is on your shoes?!

It is quite simple to explain.

To prevent water in the winter from freezing on the sidewalks, workers spread salt, this will prevent it from causing accidents and damage to the asphalt and will also prevent you from falling on your face!

However the salt is also going to end up on your faux leather boots and shoes when you are walking!

When it dries out, it becomes white spots that can start reacting with faux leather chemicals and damage them!

So, to get rid of the water stains from your faux leather boots and shoes, you will need two tablespoons of warm water and one tablespoon of white vinegar.

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This is an amazing recipe because it’s not only used for getting rid of salt stains from your faux leather boots, but also to get rid of other marks and stains from faux leather and real leather objects.

But before you start, you need to clean the salt particles by hand, you can use a dry cloth as well here.

After mixing the vinegar with water, use a folded dry cloth and soak it in the mixture, then simply wipe your faux leather boots until they have absorbed the vinegar solution.

Then, simply let them air dry.

By air dry, I simply mean that you need to put your faux leather boots or shoes away from the sun and away from heat, near an air passage, until they are totally dry.

When they are done, it is a great idea to apply saddle soap on them as it will give them strength, shininess and good looks again.

All in all, it’s not that difficult to remove stains from faux leather items, all you have to do is understand what you are doing and apply the steps found in this post, trust me, Ive spent a very long time trying different things and most didn’t work, but my vinegar solution really work and I highly recommend that you try it soon.

One more thing, do not forget about prevention, try to avoid walking in water, especially salt treated water, like the one used during winter time, this can also make your shoes and faux leather items crack prematurely and become filled with stains, so, try to always remember that faux leather isn’t as durable as real leather, I know that this is going to sound bad, trust me, it’s not, it’s just how things are, faux leather is after all fake leather, and due to it having many layers and chemicals, it can be damaged quite rapidly!

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In this post, you have learned the exact techniques to clean and remove water stains from faux leather boots and shoes, please, if you have a question or comment, do not hesitate to post it in the comment section bellow, I’ll be very happy to help you.