Leather products are expensive, so knowing how to properly remove stains from the leather is essential. Salt from roads and sidewalks easily attaches to leather shoes in the wintertime, sucking the moisture out of the leather and drying it out. If the salt stains are not removed promptly, the leather will become hard and crusty. Salt stains, if not treated, can eventually ruin the appearance and texture of the leather. Fortunately, you can remove salt stains from leather easily with just basic ingredients.
Make a solution of vinegar and water in a cup or bowl. Use three parts vinegar to one part water, as the vinegar is the most important factor in the stain-removal process.
Wipe off any residue on the leather with a soft, clean rag. Dip a cotton ball in the vinegar and water solution and dab it onto the stain, rubbing gently to remove the stain.
Continue applying the vinegar and water solution to the stain until it is completely gone. Allow the leather to air-dry naturally.