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Scuffs are very noticeable on bright and shiny patent leather shoes, purses, and other items. This is a guide about removing scuffs on patent leather.

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May 3, 2011 Flag
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I have a pair of patent leather shoes, that of course now have a very noticeable scuff mark on them. (It seems like the first time you wear a pair, the same thing happens)! I've heard that there's something that will "erase" these awful scuffs and bring the patent leather back to new again. Of course, I can't remember what the item or product is called.

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Does anyone have any idea what works, or what I could be referring to?

By Gail

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May 3, 20110 found this helpful
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When I was a kid, everybody used Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on their black patent leather shoes, and I did the same on my girls when they were little.

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Use a cotton ball or Q-tip and non-acetone polish remover. Saturate your cotton and rub until the scuff disappears. Note: Don't let the polish remover sit on the surface for too long as it may compromise the leather. Then wipe the shoe with a damp cloth and dry. If you want, you can then use a small amount of Vaseline to polish and shine the shoe. Hope this helps.

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I agree with redhatterb. When I was little I had a pair of white patent leather shoes. My mom always had me treat the scuffs with vaseline then keep them in a plastic bag.

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August 11, 2010 Flag
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To clean scuff marks off white patent leather shoes, rub a small amount of mineral oil onto a test area. If the oil doesn't alter the color of the shoe, take a clean, soft cloth and apply a small amount of mineral oil to the surface of the show. Gently rub the scuff mark with light pressure until it completely disappears. Take a fresh cloth and buff your shoes.

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If you don't have mineral oil, you can try some petroleum jelly, acetone free nail polish remover, or vegetable oil. Other options that may work to clean some types of patent leather are toothpaste and shaving cream. There are so many types of patent leather that what may work for one type of leather may not work for another. You may need to try a few different options.

Note: Always test a small sport near the heel of the shoe first

Source: Kristie Long, M.D.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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March 9, 2010 Flag
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I have Patent leather Pradas and the leather is scraped off; is there a way I can get them fixed?

By Tinker from Brooklyn

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Scuff marks steal the luster from leather shoes. An errant step, a clumsy dance partner or contact with a sharp or abrasive object is all it takes to leave your shoes looking scraped and blemished. But scuffed leather shoes are not necessarily lost. Minor scuffs and even some major ones can be buffed out and covered up. Knowing how to remove scuffs can save you the cost of new shoes and the trouble of finding a comparable pair.

ModerateInstructionsThings You'll Need:

Refinishing spray

Shoe-cleaning cloth

Leather repairer

Masking tape

Gum eraser, microfiber cloth or terry cloth (for patent leather shoes)

Cotton swab and rubbing alcohol (for patent leather shoes)

Dull Leather Shoes

Step 1Bring your shoes when you buy the refinishing spray; you'll need them to ensure the spray matches the color of the leather.

Step 2Wash the spot you wish to refinish. In a well-ventilated area, use a light shoe-cleaning cloth and leather preparer. Allow the shoes to dry, and repeat until the shoe's finish is dull and even.

Step 3Cover the shoe in masking tape, except for the scuffed areas.

Step 4Spray the shoe evenly across the leather. Allow it to dry and repeat until the spot has a consistent color.

Step 5Remove the masking tape and polish the shoes.

Patent Leather

Step 1Rub the scuff with a microfiber cloth, terry cloth or gum eraser. These can remove mild scuffs.

Step 2Use alcohol for more stubborn scuffs. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and dab the scuff.

Step 3Wipe the shoe with an absorbent cloth.

good luck.

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April 23, 2009 Flag
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I have a tip for white patent scuffed sandals. Firstly I cleaned the scuffed area with nail polish remover, then toothpaste and finished this off, with fast drying liquid paper.

By dunbarj from Queensland

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May 18, 20090 found this helpful

You can also condition patent leather shoes with petroleum jelly or mineral oil.

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August 11, 2010 Flag
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I used a Mr. Clean Magic eraser and just removed white scuff marks off black patent leather shoes! They look brand new!

By Momcasti from Georgia

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I can't believe it, but nail polish remover did the trick on my black patent Burberry bag. I was scared to death to try it, but it worked like a charm! (10/19/2009)

By viperella

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I can't believe it! I just scuffed my new bright pink patent leather shoes, really pretty I might add, while I was at work. I googled this site and was shocked to see it was acetone. Surprisingly I had acetone on my desk (I forget why I needed it once and I brought it to work) so I used it on my shoe, just dabbed a little bit of the acetone onto my tissue and I had scuffed my shoe it was actually black, I used the tissue on the scuff mark and like a miracle the scuff mark was gone! My shoe is back to normal with no scuff mark! Thank you so much! (01/10/2010)

By nagem1979

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I have Jessica Simpson white patent leather shoes. I think i got a wood scuff mark or something on them (it was brown). I put some petroleum jelly (vaseline) on them, let it sit for maybe 30 seconds, got some nail polish remover and rubbed on it gently. worked great! I tried it on a stain that was also on it but no success :( (05/01/2010)

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October 8, 2009 Flag
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Hi, I have a pair of beautiful black patent leather Mary Jane's, that unfortunately, now have noticeable white scuff marks on then. Anyone have any tips on how to get rid of these, without ruining the shine of the shoes? Can I even get rid of the white scuff marks?
Thanks!

Ingrid from Bergen

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NAIL POLISH REMOVER! I borrowed my mom's brand new black and white pumps for a black and white party! (she didn't know) I was crushed when I was dancing, and someone stepped on them to leave a huge black scuff on the white part. I came to this website and followed you guy's advice. A little nail polish remover and it was GONE! I slipped in back in my mom's closet and she never knew I took them! (02/24/2008)

By RaeChelle

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I used the advice on this website for removing black scuff marks from my yellow patent leather shoes with nail polish remover, and it worked instantly.
(03/22/2008)

By Shundra

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

HI Everybody! I bought a pair of RED PATENT LEATHER WEDGES from Macy's and was very happy with the product, however was not very happy when I got a HUGE BLACK SCUFF on them! I was so mad!! Then I went online to this site and tried Petroleum Jelly and Acetone like you guys said...the Jelly took it out a very tiny, tiny bit. The Acetone worked awesome though!

I took a little kitchen towel and dabbed one of the corners with the acetone and dabbed the area so that I would not take away the shine of the shoes to much. But beware! You will take away the shine if you scrub the area too hard, so be careful! But other than that warning, the acetone AKA nail polish remover worked great! The mark came out just like that! (03/28/2008)

By Victoria

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

THANKS for the advice, worked Great.:D (04/02/2008)

By Mina

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving the nail polish remover advice. I didn't use acetone, however, but it still worked quite well. I went to a speech meet and came back with scuffs all over my pink patent leather pumps! Now I can actually wear them again! (04/15/2008)

By Carolyn

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Use this stuff in a yellow aluminum tin. It is called "goof off". It worked for those black marks on my pink pumps. (04/19/2008)

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Nail polish remover works best, yes sea breeze works but if you don't get it off fast enough eats starts to eat through. (04/20/2008)

By Serena

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

The nail polish remover advice was the best I've come across. I'm about to go to work, and dug out a pair of my pink heels to wear, forgetting they had scuffs all over them. A quick search in google brought me to this page, and the nail polish remover was the first thing I tried to rid of all the black scuff marks on my shoes. It was super quick and easy, and I've still got plenty of time to spare before work =) amazing tip. (05/01/2008)

By Erica

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I have a great pair of Prada leather shoes with a white patent leather strap that has a mark that has transferred onto it. like a purple color or something. Does anyone know how to get rid of that? It's like not a scuff, more like a black transfer into the patent part. WHAT SHOULD I DO? HELP (05/01/2008)

By L.H. Miami, Florida

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I just got a brand new pair of Jessica Simpson white patent leather shoes. Of course, I got a scuff mark on them immediately after i bought them. I tried NAIL POLISH REMOVER and it did NOT work. It definitely did not take the scuff out but took the finish off instead and left rough patches. DONT USE NAIL POLISH REMOVER! it only made my shoes worse. (05/08/2008)

By k

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I just used an acetone nail polish remover on white patent leather shoes based on the advice from the this forum, and the scuff marks came off immediately! I used just a corner of a kitchen towel, and after the marks were gone, I wiped off the shoes with another corner of a towel soaked in water. Works for sure! (05/18/2008)

By Renee

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I tried acetone nail polish remover as I had done on previous scuffs, however, it did not work on my brand new off-white sandals! I tried rubbing alcohol and that didn't work either. I knew I could overdo it with the nail polish remover as I have had bad experience with dulling the finish. I used MR CLEAN MAGIC ERASER, and it worked! It didn't work immediately, it took a couple of minutes of rubbing, but eventually it came all the way off with NO DULLING THE FINISH! (05/21/2008)

By Jennifer Hicke

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Just tried on my new white platform 70's patent boots and got a black heel scuff immediately. Thank goodness for this site as I carefully used some nail varnish remover on a cotton bud and the scuff has gone. Be warned not to rub too hard for too long or the shine will go but if your careful this is a fantastic solution. Thanks. :o) (05/22/2008)

By nova

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

The acetone worked on my red patent leather shoes, like a charm. whew! Thanks guys! (05/25/2008)

By blue angel

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Thanks. Acetone worked great. (06/01/2008)

By Shelisa

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Thanks so much. I borrowed my friends white patent leather boots for a dress up and i was panicking like crazy. Thanks so much I never though nail polish remover would do the trick. =] (06/14/2008)

By Dress Up

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

This really does work! It saved a pair of gray patent leather shoes that I only wore about 5 times! I thought they were ready 4 the garbage with the big scuff marks they had. However, they came off completely with some nail polish remover and a soft amount of scrubbing!
(06/19/2008)

By Shauny

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Ya'll are going to think I'm crazy...when I was a little girl my Pop "grandfather" used to sit me up on the counter and get the scuff marks off of my white patent shoes with my grandma's homemade biscuits. LOL....I guess it's the "lard" or "grease" or whatever grandmas use. (07/02/2008)

By Angie

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I got brown scuff marks on my inexpensive white patent leather shoes. I had to rub them a long time with acetone-containing nail polish remover to clean them up, and it left a smeared yellow stain. I found an 8-oz bottle of pure acetone (used for removing sculptured nails) for $2.50 at a local beauty supply store, and this removed the stain instantly without having to rub. I applied some vaseline afterwards, buffed it off, and the shoes look like new! (07/04/2008)

By Chris_P

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Nail polish remover really works. I got a huge black scuff on my airmax 97's and the acetone in the np remover took it straight out. It also took a little bit of rubbing but hey, when did a little bit of elbow grease hurt? =D (07/10/2008)

By bobby

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

AMAZING! I used Vaseline and it worked a treat on my brand new black mary janes. Thanks so much for the great advice!
(07/11/2008)

By Claire

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Thank you so much! You saved my new boots. Nail polish remover works just fine =] (07/17/2008)

By Natalie

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I bought some used Air Jordan X1s and there was a white scuff on the toe. Fingernail polish remover did the trick. I was really gentle with the rubbing and the scuff came right off! thx! (07/18/2008)

By jentastic

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I had several white scuff marks on the black patent leather part of an expensive handbag. I tried mineral oil. It didn't work. I was reluctant to try the polish remover based on several posts on here, but I was determined to remove those darn white scuffs! I used some acetone polish remover on a q-tip and gently rubbed the scuffs, and they all disappeared with very little effort. It didn't remove the patent shine either. (07/23/2008)

By Stacey

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I just tried this and it seems to be pretty successful (so far) on my white patent leather mary-janes. First: hot water with a little vinegar to clean the shoe to begin using a soft bristled tooth brush to get absolutely all the dirt
Second: a little nail polish remover on a swab for the scuffs

Third: I had cracks in the leather of my shoes, so I improvised and used a little French manicure pen to fill in the cracks. Fourth: a buff shine with jelly. They pretty much look as good as new now!
(08/12/2008)

By Georgina.

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Thanks for the great suggestions to clean white scuff marks off black patent leather. I used non-acetone nail and it worked fantastic! My purse looks like new. Now for my shoes! (08/23/2008)

By Barbara

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

After finding and reading this page, I tentatively used a cotton tip dipped in nail varnish remover (acetone) to remove a few white scuff marks on one of my black patent boots, IT WORKS! :) It's all black 'n' shiny again. Buffed it after with a piece of damp kitchen roll, completely perfect. Very pleased indeed. (09/13/2008)

By Bell.

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Thanks ladies! The nail polish remover worked - I used non acetone on a black on black scuff sustained in a curb fall trying to catch my mother in law who was falling! Shoes were the only injury and thankfully they look brand new again. (09/20/2008)

By Lori

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I'm a believer! The nail polish remover worked like a charm. (10/15/2008)

By babydoll

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I bought a pair of bright red patent leather pumps. I wore them one night for my best friend's birthday. I got so hammered I scuffed the hell out of my new shoes. Now it is over a year later and they go perfect with my Halloween Costume. I can't find the pair at the store. So I googled this site. It worked like a charm. Every single scuff is history with nail polish remover. (10/20/2008)

By chonis

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Nail polish remover works! I was even able to pull out pairs of shoes from ages ago and it STILL WORKS! I almost started to cry. I was so happy! Thanks! (10/26/2008)

By Amandaissoohappy

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I just successfully removed numerous dark grey scuff marks on hot pink patten leather boots (retailed for $33), black marks on silver patten leather boots (original retail $70 from Nordstroms), and black/grey marks on white patten leather boots (original retail $160 from Nordstroms) using GooGone Spray Gel (contains Petroleum distillates according to the bottle) and a paper towel. Some spots required a little more elbrow grease and others came off with one swipe - all came out just fine and there was no color rub off or loss of shine whatsoever. (11/01/2008)

By Kris

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I wore my white patent peep toes out for Halloween and I ended up with brown scuff marks on them, I tried nail polish remover and it mostly worked. Now I just have what looks like slightly brown stains where the scuffs used to be. Does anyone know if its possible to remove the stains? Thanks :) (11/05/2008)

By Layla

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

WOOO HOOO. I just used this on a pair of Christian Louboutins. It worked Great! I would put a little nail polish remover on a q-tip and rub on shoe. Then quickly wipe off with damp towel. So I busted out my Manolo Blahnik Black Mary Janes and that little white spot is GONE GONE! My babies are all better now! (11/13/2008)

By Halie B.

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Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

OMG! I love you all! I have a ton of heels that I was about to drop off at goodwill but I thought I would just take a look online to see if there was something I could do to save them and I now love nail polish remover! lol! I used the non acetone and it worked GREAT!
Ash! (11/19/2008)

By Ashley

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Well, trust your mother. Mom says "Just use Patent Leather cleaner" - available at the cobbler (Aka: Shoe repair store). We didn't have any but we had some water proofer - she said that it looks like the same contents, just use a dab on a cotton swab, and then wipe clean with a warm cloth...and Sure as heck, it works perfectly!

Note: The Water proofer container actually says "Do Not Use on Patent" right on the side of the can. (11/28/2008)

By SharkyDjD

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I don't know if I'm not applying it correctly, but non-acetone nail polish remover didn't fully get rid of the black scuff marks on my red patent leather pumps. I stopped my attempts when I noticed a bit of red on the cotton ball. I also tried baby oil (suggested by my mother) and that didn't work either. What am I doing wrong? (11/30/2008)

By EA

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I bought these bangin gold knee-hi boots for a specific event i was going to and wore them around the house to break them in. Then the night before I was going to wear them i noticed a black scuff mark! I quickly ran to the internet, found this website, tried the nail polish remover and saved my 'go get it' boots! thanks so much! (12/05/2008)

By Jess

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Thank-you! (12/12/2008)

By Bianca

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Yippi Skippi - Just saved a bunch of shoes -Thanks people! (12/29/2008)

By DA

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I have a cream patent leather Kate Spade purse. I've used it for 3 weeks and I noticed a long (what looks to be pen) mark on it! Since I noticed this at work and some people warned that nail polish remover might be to harsh and some others swore by rubbing alcohol (and I had none at work) I decided to give hand sanitizer a whirl. It is 62% alcohol. A little elbow grease and hand sanitizer totally did the trick! Barely noticeable-- and it did NOT take off the sheen at all. Thanks everyone! (01/20/2009)

By Candice

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Thank you, you saved my pink patent leather {PRADA] shoe. I had a ugly black scuff mark used ACETONE it work. Thanks SO much. (01/21/2009)

By Nadia

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I just tried the non acetone on scuffs on a cream color patent leather shoe. It works great, make sure it is wet enough, no shoe damage either. Thanks (01/22/2009)

By janice

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Wow! I have never posted feedback on something like this, but I tried nail polish remover and it worked immediately, the scuff just magically disappeared leaving my black patent Helmut Lang boots looking perfect! Thanks! (01/30/2009)

By sb

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I used a magic eraser to remove scuffs on the toe of my 9 West Black patent heels. Like the poster below mentioned, it did not work with too much water. But, when I used the dry end of the eraser it came off almost immediately. I would definitely recommend trying a magic eraser before trying nail polish remover. (02/09/2009)

By Meg

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

They Nail Polish Remover will take care of it, just make sure it hasn't been there too long. (02/26/2009)

By Air Jordan Man

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

Do not use non-acetone nail polish remover! I just read it on here and tried it. It removed the finish of my shoes. I don't know if I'll even be able to fix this. (02/26/2009)

By Deidre

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

In the past when I have used non-acetone nail polish remover, it removed shine from the patent. If you leave it on too long, it will do that.

Today I just tried someone's suggestion about hand sanitizer (post below) and it worked great. Removed a couple black marks from red patent sandals using a tiny bit of gel hand sanitizer on a cotton swab. (03/23/2009)

By brontosaurus

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

This is also a strange one and I only tried it on my red patent leather shoes. I used some Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil that I had in my desk at work. I used a few drops on a napkin and it removed the scuff marks with seemingly no ill effects. Shine wasn't removed, shoe was still supple and it didn't take much rubbing to get the scuff marks off! Not sure how this would work on other colors, but it did work on red patent leather for me! (04/17/2009)

By Lamf

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I have a gorgeous pair of hot pink Ralph Lauren pumps that I only wore out once and covered in black scuffs. I used a dirty old Mr Clean Magic Eraser DRY and got most of it off - if it hadn't been so used already it probably would have taken it all off. But for the rest, I used acetone nail polish remover and it instantly dissolved the scuff - followed that by immediately wiping down with a wet rag. Scuffs gone, shine remains -cant wait to wear them this weekend! :) (04/21/2009)

By cannon_az

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

This was a life-saver! I happened to have the exact essential oil someone else mentioned (Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil), and it got the white scuff off of black patent leather without damaging the shoes at all! I would highly recommend this option - it's not expensive, and doesn't involve any chemicals. On top of that, the scent of lavender is naturally relaxing, so any stress related to having scuff marks can be cured twofold :] (05/26/2009)

By gingercoffeebeans

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I have a pair of tan patent leather Cole Haan's and they had black scuff marks all over 1 side. I dropped some lavender oil onto the shoe and buffed it out with a clean terry cloth towel. It was so easy! These shoes are back in the rotation. Thanks! (07/12/2009)

By SeaDiva

Scuff Marks On Patent Leather Shoes

I actually read this a magazine today, and tried it on my favorite shoes. All I did was use a sheet of paper towel and some hand sanitizer. It actually fixed the finish in the places where it appeared to be scuffed off completely.

The article said the kind of alcohol in most hand sanitizers repairs the finish. It worked perfectly, and I'm so happy! My year old Guess pumps that I've worn about a hundred times look pretty much brand new again! =) (09/06/2009)

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