Boots And Shoes should be cleaned frequently, whether they are worn or not, and should never be put to stand in a damp place, nor be put too near the fire to dry. In cleaning, be careful to brush the dirt from the seams, and not to scrape it with a knife, or you will cut the stitches. Let the hard brush do its work thoroughly well, and the polish will be all the brighter (Sec 70.)
Clean boot tops with one ounce of white vitriol, and one ounce of oxalic acid, dissolved in a quart of warm water. Apply with a clean sponge. Or, sour milk one pint, gum arabic, half an ounce, juice of a lemon, white of an egg, and one ounce of vitriol well mixed.