How to Remove Shoe Polish From a Wall

Updated February 21, 2017

Shoe polish is an oily product that is rubbed off onto other surfaces like carpets, upholstery, clothes and even walls. This is more likely to happen if the polish isn't rubbed into the shoe sufficiently. You need to clean it off the wall with the proper cleaner because of its oily consistency.

Wipe off as much of the shoe polish as possible with a clean, dry rag. Be careful not to smear it across the wall any more than it already is.

Wet a clean rag or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.

Wipe the stain with the alcohol until it is gone. You may need to repeat this with a fresh rag or cotton ball as the shoe polish is picked up.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean rags
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
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Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.