How to Restore Scuffed Leather

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How to Restore Scuffed Leather
Use a shoe wax to restore scuffed leather. (leather shoes image by weim from

Leather, a sturdy and long-lasting material, can become marred by scuff marks, particularly leather items that get a lot of use, such as shoes or purses. Scuffs leave the leather looking old and worn, allowing dirt and grime to become embedded within the material. Removing the marks requires a little effort but can restore the leather to its full lustre, making it look shiny and new once more.

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Things you need

  • Cloths
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Shoe wax

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  1. 1

    Wipe the scuffed area gently with a soft cloth to remove dirt and grime. Fold the cloth to expose a clean side and dampen it with 2 tbsp of water.

  2. 2

    Wipe the damp cloth over the area, removing embedded grime from within the scuff marks. Dry the area with a clean cloth.

  3. 3

    Place 1/2 tsp of shoe wax on a microfiber cloth. Rub the wax into the affected area using small circular motions. Cover the entire scuffed area with the shoe wax. Use additional wax if required to cover all the scuffs on the leather.

  4. 4

    Buff the area with a clean microfiber cloth. Rub back and forth over the leather until it shines. Fold the cloth and brush off any excess wax from the leather.

Tips and warnings

  • Match the wax as closely as possible to the colour of the leather.

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