How do you clean leather boots?


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To clean leather boots, stuff them with newspaper, brush off dirt, dab stains with diluted vinegar, wipe scuff marks with baking soda dissolved in water, and polish the boots. This 30-minute process requires newspaper, a brush, vinegar, water, a bowl, a towel, soft cloths, baking soda and leather polish.

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  1. Brush off dirt

    Stuff the boots with newspaper, use a dry brush to brush away dirt.

  2. Dab stains with vinegar

    Pour equal parts warm water and white vinegar into a bowl. Dip a cloth into the solution, wring it out, and dab it over the stains. Add more vinegar solution if necessary. When you are finished, blot the boots with a towel.

  3. Remove scuff marks with baking soda diluted in water

    Discard the vinegar solution, rinse the bowl, and fill it with warm water. Submerge a clean rag in the water, wring it out, dip it in baking soda, and wipe it over the scuff marks. Remove the baking soda with another damp cloth, and dry the boots with a towel.

  4. Polish the boots

    Apply leather polish to a clean cloth, and rub it over the boots. Buff the boots with another cloth, using small circular motions. Polish the boots until they are dry and shiny.

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