Repairing Scuffs on Glossy Leather Boots

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Repairing Scuffs on Glossy Leather Boots
Learn how to remove those frustrating scuff marks on your glossy leather boots. (boots image by from

Those high-fashion glossy leather boots may look pristine the first time you wear them, but before long they'll show hard evidence of your walks, accidental run-ins with strangers and your strange knack for attracting runaway shopping trolleys. But there's no need to let those ugly scuff marks get you down. While your usual quick coat of shoe polish will likely dull your pretty patent leathers, a few other common household supplies will help you remove those ugly scuff marks in no time.

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Things you need

  • Two clean cloths
  • Mineral oil
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Petroleum jelly

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    Surface Scuffs

  1. 1

    Coat the corner of a clean cloth with mineral oil.

  2. 2

    Rub the cloth over the scuff mark with gentle strokes until the scuff disappears.

  3. 3

    Apply a light coat of mineral oil over the rest of the boots to keep the shine level consistent over the entire surface area.

  4. 4

    Buff the entire boot with a clean dry cloth using short, quick strokes in one direction.

    Stubborn Scuffs

  1. 1

    Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol.

  2. 2

    Rub the cotton swab in gentle, back-and-forth motions over the scuff until it disappears.

  3. 3

    Wipe the area clean with a microfiber cloth.

  4. 4

    Apply petroleum jelly to the spot to restore lost shine.

  5. 5

    Buff the area with a soft cotton cloth. Be sure to use repeated short strokes going in one direction.

Tips and warnings

  • For black scuffs on black glossy boots, use a felt-tip marker to cover the scuff and then quickly buff the area with mineral oil and a clean cloth.
  • When using nail polish remover, test an inconspicuous part of the boot first. If discolouring occurs, take your glossy boots to a shoe repair professional to remove scuff marks.

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