Patent leather is regular leather with a glossy, hard surface. It is commonly used to make shoes, leaving patent leather susceptible to scuff marks. Unsightly scuff marks on patent leather can diminish the appearance of the entire item. Removing scuff marks from patent leather can be done successfully using the proper products and methods.
Clean the patent leather. Dampen a microfiber rag with mild dish soap and water. Wipe down the patent leather to remove any of the scuff marks that are on the surface.
Rub an art gum eraser over the scuff marks. Apply light pressure and rub in only one direction. The eraser will remove mild scuff marks and lighten the colour of deeper marks.
Dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol. Use the cotton swab to apply the rubbing alcohol to the scuff marks.
Wipe down the patent leather with a microfiber cloth to remove the alcohol and buff out the scuffs. Inspect the leather for any traces of the scuffs.
Use a stronger product if the scuff marks remain. Non-acetone nail polish remover, non-gel toothpaste or denatured alcohol can all be used to remove scuff marks. Apply the solvent of your choice with a cotton swab. Buff the patent leather with a microfiber towel to remove any traces of the solvent and the scuff marks.
Clean the patent leather again once the scuff marks have been removed. Use a microfiber rag with mild dish soap and water to wipe down the leather. Buff the leather dry with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. Follow up by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the patent leather using a rag. This will restore moisture from the solvents.
Things you need
- Microfiber rags
- Mild dish soap
- Art gum eraser
- Cotton swabs
- Rubbing alcohol
- Non-acetone nail polish remover, non-gel toothpaste or denatured alcohol
- Petroleum jelly