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Although I am still travelling and am now in the Philippines, I havereceived numerous emails on how to deal with the salt stains on leatherboots.

Although I am still travelling and am now in the Philippines, I have received numerous emails on how to deal with the salt stains on leather boots. With Old Man Winter in full swing, this is a source of irritation for both men and women.

The good news is that this is relatively easy to deal with. The only issue is staying on top of it. If you don’t remove the salt regularly, you will run the risk of it permanently damaging your boots.

1. With a damp rag, remove any excess dirt on the leather boot.

2. Spray 100 per cent white vinegar on a rag or microfibre cloth and wipe the leather area of the boot, removing the salt.

3. If your cloth gets dirty, continue step 2 with a fresh clean cloth.

It’s as simple as that, folks. I learned this trick from the shoeshine booth at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City and it has never failed me.

Oh, and for those of you who are very particular, the vinegar packs from fast food restaurants are great when you’re out and about and want a quick polish before a business meeting or dinner date!

• Got a question? Send an Email to askcharlesthebutler@metronews.ca

 
 
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