How to Remove Built Up Shoe Polish From Shoes

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How to Remove Built Up Shoe Polish From Shoes
Remove built up polish to keep your shoes shiny. (elegant mens shoes image by Tomo Jesenicnik from

Shining your shoes is one of those activities that most men learn at a young age or teach themselves as they grow older. Like shaving or tying a tie, shoe shining is a sign of maturity, or at least adulthood. A nice shoe shine will help you look your best for a date, job interview or just a day at work. Shoe polish will give your shoes a luxurious glow, but build-up and patches of polish can dull them. Keep your shoes smooth and shiny to impress those around you.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flannel or cotton rags
  • Leather shoe cleaner
  • Horsehair brush
  • Shoe polish

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  1. 1

    Spray or pour leather shoe cleaner, depending on the brand, on the rag and scrub your shoes to remove any dirt or polish build-up.

  2. 2

    Buff your shoes, concentrating on polish build-up, with a horsehair brush. Scrub the build-up to scrape it off.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean rag into the shoe polish and rub all over the shoes.

  4. 4

    Use a clean corner of the rag to wipe off any polish build-up.

  5. 5

    Buff the shoes with a horsehair brush to distribute the polish and remove any patches of polish.

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