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Dear Adams,

I went to work with my nice pair of delicate leather shoes ( I knew I shouldn't, but had to ) and I accidentally dropped a few drops of a very basic solution ( pH close to 11 ) and the spots look like they are there for good. Is there anything that can be done at all? It's a few small drops on each shoe, but right on the most visible part. I have access to many chemicals ( I'm a chemist ), so if anything can be done, I'd gladly try it.

Thank you


As you probably know, base and acid solutions can both lift or change color of material they come in contact with. What color are the shoes? Are the spots lighter? If so, you may be able  use a leather dye to touch them up (after being sure to dilute whatever residue is on the shoes by using a sponge and water.

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3m Certified carpet cleaning instructor can answer questions regarding spots/stains on carpet and other floor coverings and possible ways to remove same. Can also answer questions with regard to upholstery cleaning. I do not recommend specific name brands, companies or products.


10 years as a Former 3M Certified Carpet Cleaning Instructor. Certified flooring inspector for major mills 1985-present.

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B.S. Chemistry 1971 A.S. Physical Science 1969 Armstrong Certified Installer 1972 3M Certified Carpet Cleaning Specialist 1976 FCITS Certified in Carpet and Hard Surface, Commercial and Residential

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