How to use shoe polish on leather furniture

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How to use shoe polish on leather furniture
Shoe polish can repair scuff marks on leather furniture. (white leather furniture image by Leonid Nyshko from

Leather furniture is expensive, so its understandable that you would want to repair it immediately. Using leather dyes can be time consuming and costly, but wax shoe polish provides another option for your leather problems. Applying a good-quality shoe polish to your leather furniture is a cost-effective alternative to removing scuff marks and scratches. With some shoe polish and a couple rags, you can repair your leather furniture yourself.

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Things you need

  • Wax shoe polish
  • Murphy's Oil Soap spray
  • 2 soft cloths

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  1. 1

    Purchase wax shoe polish that matches the colour of your leather furniture.

  2. 2

    Wipe any debris or dust off the damaged area of the furniture. You need a clean surface before you can apply shoe polish.

  3. 3

    Fold a piece of cloth and dip one corner into the shoe polish. Use only a small amount of wax (about the size of a dime). You'll want to reapply more shoe polish when the cloth feels dry.

  4. 4

    Rub the polish into the scuff or scratch with the cloth. Gently rub the polish into the porous surface of the damaged area. Give the leather time to soak up the polish and for it to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Lightly apply Murphy's Oil Soap spray to the piece of leather furniture to remove any remaining visible marks. Wipe the spray off with a clean cloth in a circular motion.

Tips and warnings

  • Some warranties require that only a certain brand of chemical or cleaner be used on the leather furniture. If these instructions are not followed, the warranty may be voided.

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