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Protecting your shoes (and floors) from snow and salt

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This weather is just the pits, we're freezing cold, soaking wet, and our feet are covered in salt.

It's yet another woe of winter. We need the salt to melt all of this snow. But so much salt leaves tell-tale signs on our shoes.

Some say a mixture of vinegar and water can do the trick. But Mark Powers, the senior technical editor of This Old House magazine, says it can be even easier than that.

"Leather, if its hard leather, it's just kind of wiping with a mild detergent to get that residue off, or treat your shoes before you go out," he says.

Even if you manage to spare your shoes, you're still likely to track in some of the salt on the bottom of the soles.

"Usually it's the sodium chlorides, the rock salts that are going to leave a residue," Powers says.

But Powers says the worst enemy for wooden floors is actually the water you're likely to track in.

"The best way to get that up is to sort of dry mop it or use a dust mop or a dry cloth, a mop will spread it around," he says. "If you see it that's the best time to mop it up."

Out on the slushy streets we did find one other possible alternative to keeping your feet and floors dry.

"They're waterproof, very light, and disposable," he says.

Disposable medical booties just could do the trick. And they make quite the fashion statement.

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