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How to Remove Scratches From Patent Leather

Updated February 21, 2017

Made from natural leather, patent leather comes from applying a lacquer or varnish after tanning the leather. This gives leather a glossy, hard surface. You will see patent leather commonly in tuxedo shoes and dance shoes as well as purses, handbags and some clothing. Caring for patent leather only requires cleaning it and keeping it shiny. Removing scratches only requires items you may already have in the house.

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  1. Dab a little petroleum jelly onto the patent leather to help remove scratches and for shine. Petroleum jelly also prevents the leather from cracking in cold weather.

  2. Pour some mineral oil on a soft cloth and rub it on the patent leather scratches to remove them.

  3. Apply a silicone-based patent leather conditioner with a soft cloth to remove scratches. This will also help to prevent more scratches, protecting your leather and will add a high gloss.

  4. Tip

    Clean patent leather with mild soap and a wet cloth, then buff it to a shine using a dry soft cloth. Cleaning your patent leather with milk will restore it to an almost new condition.


    Do not use patent leather in the medical industry or the culinary industry. Food and chemicals can ruin the finish.

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Things You'll Need

  • Patent leather item
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Mineral oil
  • Silicone-based patent leather conditioner
  • Soft cloths

About the Author

Chyrene Pendleton has been a business owner and newsletter editor for more than seven years. She is a freelance writer with over 25 years experience and teaches a variety of topics, including alternative health, hair care and metaphysics. Pendleton is a certified television show producer, radio talk-show host and producer, and a computer programmer with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

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