How to Remove Scratches From Luggage

Updated June 13, 2017

If you've been making good use of your luggage, chances are it has endured some scratches and abrasions from your trips. Scratches are bound to happen, especially since not all ground surfaces are smooth and free of debris and rocks. Scratches can also happen from impact with other surfaces and objects. Luggage with hard-shell material is more prone to scratches because of its smooth surface. Preserve the quality and appearance of your luggage by routinely checking for scratches and other damages. Fix the damaged area before it worsens.

Wash the scratched surface with mild soap and warm water to remove stains and dirt.

Wet a soft cloth and scrub the marks. Apply a small amount of pressure to remove any deep stains. The scratch can appear more prominent when topped off with stains and paint coatings from the material that made the scratch. Wipe and dry off.

Use a pencil eraser to gently rub the scratches. Avoid rubbing too much, this can cause the hard-shell coating to fade. The eraser can further remove small and shallow scratches, allowing it to blend more with the original luggage shell coating.

Remove all off the eraser shavings and wipe again with the wet cloth. Dry off the luggage surface. Most of the smaller and shallow scratches should be improved or completely removed. The deeper scratches should be less visible.

Apply a silicone-based automobile or furniture polish to preserve the shine of your luggage and to add more abrasion-resistance to the surface.


Read the care instructions for your luggage before removing the scratches to ensure you aren't using any products or substances not recommended by the manufacturer.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap
  • Warm water
  • Pencil eraser
  • Soft cloth
  • Silicone-base automobile or furniture polish
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Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.