Shining Patent Leather Shoes

Shine your patent leather shoes by rubbing them with a small amount of petroleum jelly. Leather shoes or purses can be shined quickly with a light application of furniture polish.


To preserve leather shoes, first clean thoroughly with saddle soap, then rub down with mink oil, working the oil well into seams. Both are available at better shoe stores. The shoes will be waterproof and remain supple for a long time.

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December 19, 2006

How do I shine Patent leather shoes? I rubbed them too hard with alcohol, and now the shine is gone!

Savana from Arkansas


By Glinda (Guest Post)
December 21, 20060 found this helpful
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You can also clean them with Vaseline. I use either cotton balls or tissue to rub Vaseline in, with circular motions.


Then let set for about an hour, then rub, and buff with a soft cloth. Never clean with harsh chemicals on this sort of shoes.

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By SUZQ (Guest Post)
December 20, 20060 found this helpful

Years ago we used to use Vaseline; the solid kind in a jar, not the lotion. Sue

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By Jeanne (Guest Post)
December 20, 20060 found this helpful

I remember when I was a little girl, my mother used to use vaseline on my patent leather maryjanes. I'm not sure if this will work in your situation, but it's worth a try!

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