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How to repair patent leather shoe scuffs

When normal leather shoes become scuffed, a thorough cleaning or conditioning will usually get rid of the scuffs. With patent leather shoes, that treatment just doesn't work. The shiny surface of patent leather becomes dull when conditioned and doesn't respond to the same cleaning techniques that work for leather or suede. Remove scuff marks from your patent leather shoes by using techniques and supplies that work most effectively for the material.

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  1. Rub an art eraser over the scuffs on your patent leather shoes. Move the pliable eraser in the direction of the scuffs.

  2. Dab a cotton wool ball into some rubbing alcohol. Swipe the cotton wool over the remaining scuffs to remove scuffs as well as any residue from the art eraser.

  3. Pour a coin-sized amount of mineral oil onto a soft, microfibre cloth. Rub the oil into the site of the scuff on your shoes.

  4. Move to a clean portion of the microfibre cloth. Buff your patent leather shoes at the site of the scuffs, as well as all over, to polish and shine the surface.

  5. Tip

    Purchase a patent leather cleaner at your shoe shop to help maintain the condition and appearance of your shoes.

    Petroleum jelly helps remove scuff marks and can be used to buff and shine your shoes.

    Treat scuff marks on other patent leather surfaces the same way.

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Things You'll Need

  • Art eraser
  • Cotton wool
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Mineral oil

About the Author

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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