How to get the scuffs off white rain boots

Written by nick davis
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White rain boots, like other white shoes, show dirt, dust and grime immediately. When you bump the boots against a hard rubber or plastic surface, a black scuff mark will likely appear. Removing scuff marks from the boots is possible with chemicals you may already have at home. After the marks are gone, wipe the entire boot to restore its shine and colour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 soft cloths or rags
  • Latex gloves
  • Pencil eraser
  • Warm water
  • Non-gel toothpaste
  • Old toothbrush or small soft-bristle brush
  • Lighter fluid

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Instructions

    Using a Pencil Eraser

  1. 1

    Wipe the white rain boots with a clean, soft cloth or rag to remove any loose dust and dirt from the boots' surface. Wear latex gloves to keep your hands clean.

  2. 2

    Rub the scuff mark vigorously with a pencil eraser, if the rain boots are made out of vinyl or plastic. If the boots are made out of leather or canvas, complete the steps in the "Using Toothpaste" section.

    Wipe the area with the cloth or rag. Continue rubbing the area with the eraser until the scuff mark is gone.

  3. 3

    Rinse the cloth or rag under warm running water. Wring out excess and wipe the boot.

  4. 4

    Dry the white rain boot with a clean, soft cloth or rag.

    Using Toothpaste

  1. 1

    Wipe the white rain boots with a clean, soft cloth or rag to remove any loose dust and dirt from the boots' surface. Wear latex gloves to keep your hands clean.

  2. 2

    Apply 1 tbsp of a non-gel toothpaste onto the scuff mark. Brush the mark gently with an old toothbrush or small soft-bristle brush.

  3. 3

    Wet the cloth or rag under warm running water. Wring out excess and wipe the area where the scuff mark was.

  4. 4

    Dry the white rain boot with a clean, soft cloth or rag.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use lighter fluid to remove scuff marks from a vinyl or plastic rain boot. Apply 2 tbsp of lighter fluid to a soft cloth or rag and rub the mark gently.

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