There are three important factors to cleaning salt from leather shoes:
- How soon you clean them
- How you dry them
Clean them immediately or as soon as you can.
You will need:
- A cotton towel
- A clean cotton rag
- White vinegar
- A bowl
Clean them with a one-to-one solution of white vinegar and water. I.e., half a cup of vinegar, half a cup of water. I use distilled water, but I’m pretty persnickety. Tap water will be fine. Mix the vinegar-and-water solution in the bowl. Dip the cotton rag into the solution, and apply liberally to affected parts of your shoes. Rub it around until the salt disappears, re-dipping as needed. Vinegar is natural, and won’t hurt your shoes. After you’ve cleaned the salt to your satisfaction, wipe the shoes dry with the cotton towel.
Now comes the drying part.
Stuff your shoes with crumpled-up pieces of newspaper, and lay them on their sides, on a towel if you like, away from any heat source. The trick is to let the leather dry at its own pace. Don’t rush it. Leave them on their sides so the leather soles can dry as well. Leave your shoe trees out of the shoes until they’re completely dry.
If they’re dry and you can still see salt marks, repeat this process, letting them dry each time.
If you can see where the salt has caused raised lines on the leather, you can take a tablespoon and, after you’ve wiped the shoes down with the vinegar solution, rub the ridges with the back of the spoon.
Because the vinegar will probably have stripped away some of the luster of your shoes, it’s a good idea to shine them, with wax or cream, after they’re dry.
There you go; you’re done*!
* Secret last step: Buy Swims.
From (July 15), the Sun Chronicle, a Massachusetts paper, will charge would-be commenters a nominal one-off fee of 99 cents. But it has to be paid by credit card, which means providing a real name and address.
Absolutely brilliant idea. I hope it works, and I hope more papers (and my paper) pick up on it.
…I think we should build nothing but shrines (at Ground Zero). One of every kind of church. Spare no expense. I thought they should move Shea Stadium there. Thats another kind of shrine. No serious business at Ground Zero from now on. Just contemplation, prayer, reflection and baseball. When
they try to blow it up theyll seem like the spoiled sports and sore losers that they are.
How can one entertain without an ice bucket?
My wife and I were browsing through Macy’s this morning, when we happened upon this ice bucket—One I’d consider near perfect for its price ($40).
You see, I wanted a plain, silver (colored) bucket with a double wall that could double as a Champagne bucket. Perhaps it is a faux pas, but I’m no English noble. Money is very much of object to me.
This stainless-steel Martha Stewart bucket fits my bill perfectly.
Now, to have someone over to entertain…
BRISTOL, Vt. — Ten minutes into my interview with the robot known as Bina48, I longed to shut her down.
Hilarious sidebar by Amy Harmon to her story about the robot.
Dressed smartly in a light blue shirt and khaki skirt, silver hoops in her ears, her white hair swept back and her brown eyes clear and sharp, she offers a visitor a slice of pie, then casts a knowing look when its declined. “Youre afraid Ill poison you,” she says.
Michael Rubinkam, well done sir. This story is phenomenally macabre and interesting.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., holds up a sign with a quote from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan during her confirmation hearing before the committee, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Who the hell paid for this asinine prop? I bet you anything it was your and my tax dollars.
Every single time I see something like this, it’s a Republican. Every single time. Tell me they are not out of touch.
Australia’s Lucas Neill is reflected in the water as he jogs with the team during a training session at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort, just outside of Johannesburg June 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Daniel Munoz)
Now there’s a reflection shot.
A mathematician figures out the best way to jam an extra star onto the American flag.
The gimmick breaks down at 13 stars, though, which, of course, were in a circle.
I’d also be interested in just seeing the different actual flags. (There of course have not been 50 different Star-Spangled Banners.)