Did you store your leather boots on your basement over summer? Needless to stay, the basement is not the best environment for storing leather boots, especially if those are not stored properly. Thus, because you don’t frequently bring them out, the leather boots are likely to have mold stains on them. It isn’t the most pleasant cleaning process but it can definitely be achieved successfully.
First off, you should know how to recognize the moldy stains. This is important because if the stains are regular ones from dirt or ink, these methods won’t work. Thus, save yourself some time and effort and check those leather boots. The mold is usually shown as a fuzzy or puffy appearance and a very uneven stain. Not to mention, the best indicator that there is mold on your leather boots is the strong musty smell.
Now that you are certain you are dealing with mold on your leather boots, let’s proceed with cleaning. Make sure you wear your protective gear. That means rubber gloves on, a protective mask and goggles. It’s time to get to the harder part. Here is what you should do:
First of all, you should try attempting the cleaning outside. It will help with the smell if it is really strong.
Using a dry nylon brush, you should scrape as much mold as you can off the surface.
In a bucket, mix together 4 cups of lukewarm water and 2 drops of liquid dish soap.
Next, dip a cotton rag in the soapy water, wring it out and scrub your leather, following the grain.
Make sure to check if the mold is coming off.
If this is not quick, that means you should insist more scrubbing again but with a new rag. You should soak this rag in two cups of water and one cup of rubbing alcohol.
Then, go again with scrubbing but using only the alcohol solution and a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Lastly, let the leather air dry, preferably in the sun.