How to Remove Kiwi Shoe Polish From Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Cleaning your carpets regularly can keep them looking newer longer and will brighten their appearance. Spot cleaning your carpet is necessary when your carpet has a stain on it. Shoe polish is one of the most difficult stains to remove and can be scary if you've got a light coloured carpet. Kiwi black shoe polish is the most-known shoe polish in the U.S. according to Kiwi's website. If you've got a shoe polish stain on your carpet, chances are it is from Kiwi shoe polish. Kiwi sells both liquid and cream polish which require different treatments if they stain your carpet.

Apply a solvent cleaner to a clean cloth and dab it on the spot. Use a different part of the cloth when you notice that the Kiwi polish is transferring to it. Do not rub the stain as it will actually work the polish into the carpet.

Repeat this step until the entire spot is removed.

Pour water directly onto the carpet. This will help rinse out the solvent. Push the water out with a clean towel until the carpet is completely dry.

Blot the stain with a clean towel to remove as much of the liquid Kiwi polish as possible. Use a different part of the towel when you see the polish transferring.

Mix one part rubbing alcohol with two parts cold water.

Apply the mixture to a clean towel and blot it on the stain. Work the stain from the outer edges in and refrain from rubbing it. Blot the solution until the polish stops transferring. If the stain is still visible proceed to the next step

Mix water and powdered washing powder until it reaches the consistency of toothpaste. Apply the mixture to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Vacuum the mixture up. Rinse the area with cold water and use a towel to blot it until it is dry.


Test a small out-of-the-way area of your carpet with your stain treatment to check for colour fastness.


Do not apply the solvent directly to the carpet because it can dissolve the backing of the carpet. Work in a well-ventilated area when using a tough cleaning solvent.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry cleaning or similar solvent
  • Clean cloth
  • Towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Washing powder
  • Vacuum
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.