Learn how to quickly and easily remove scuff marks from patent shoes with this easy trick!
Now I have been warned about patent leather shoes, they scuff easily, can be difficult to repair, but also look oh-so-stunning! So I went ahead and bought a new pair of lovely nude patent leather stiletto pumps for a girls Las Vegas trip.
Sure enough, they get stepped on, stomped on, and put through all sorts of mayhem a night in Vegas would include. And as you can imagine, by the end of this glorious night out, my shiny new patent pumps were covered in scuff marks and look like a gym floor after a floor hockey tournament played in dress shoes!
I looked at no-longer-new patent leather shoes in dismay and wondering if I has just wasted my money, and started contemplating whether should start shopping for some new shoes. My poor patent leather shoes were covered in scuff marks, many small black marks on them along the sides, as well as some other larger reddish marks on them.
I was getting ready to throw them out as we were packing up when my girl friend took a quick glance at them and casually told me they would be just fine and the marks would come right off.
I was in total disbelief and found this hard to believe, but she assured me they would be just fine and let me in on the secret on how to remove scuff marks from patent leather…
For Removing Scuffs from Patent Leather You Will Need:
Steps on How to Remove Scuff Marks from Patent Leather:
1. The first step is to ensure the patent leather is free of any loose dirt or debris. You can simply use your damp cloth with mild soap and water to clean off any dirt that is on your shoes.
2. The next step is to use a soft clean cloth with some shoe cream. Buff your shoes all over in a circular motion. This should remove the majority of the black scuff marks are on your shoes.
The before photo you see above is how my patent shoes looked after I did a once over with a soft cloth and shoe cream. The majority of the black scuff marks came off, but my shoes were still riddled with stubborn marks that couldn’t and just wouldn’t come off. Keep reading to find out the scuff removing ingredient…
So what is the secret ingredient to removing the most
stubborn scuff marks from patent shoes?
Most scuffs will come off with a gentle rub of a damp cloth and shoe cream, but if that doesn’t work, there’s the secret ingredient that you probably already have in your beauty toolkit, nail polish remover!
That’s right, the secret ingredient is Just plain old regular nail polish remover with acetone. Apply a little nail polish remover to a cotton pad – just like you would to remove your nail polish – give the scuff mark and gentle rub and buff, and like magic, the stubborn scuff marks should melt away, leaving your patent shoes polished and looking brand new!
I was happily surprised that this simple beauty trick restored my patent shoes to their previous glory and even happier that it was it didn’t require a special purchase of any kind!
So be afraid of wearing patent no more! I’m sharing this secret with you and hope you can enjoy your patent shoes for much longer. With this trick, you can keep your patent leather shoes shiny, polished, and scuff free.
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CindyMarch 2, 2023
You saved my daughter’s shoes!! Thank you.
EileenMarch 21, 2023
Amazing! so glad to hear!
makeupmuddleFebruary 21, 2020
Wow you did such an amazing job! I can’t believe how well they cleaned up xo
EileenFebruary 21, 2020
Thank you! I could hardly believe it worked so well myself!
KatieApril 28, 2019
Just took the shine from my Guess pumps
EileenApril 29, 2019
Fantastic! Glad it worked for you Katie!
Tassya Enggartini InsaniSeptember 3, 2018
Not yet try this trick, but thanks for sharing
Lori Cuddy SchultApril 17, 2014
I used to use nail polish remover to remove scuffs until it also removed the “shine” from certain leathers and patent leathers. What works THE BEST is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, or better yet, the Great Value brand sold at Walmart! Try it and you will see!!!
EileenApril 17, 2014
Thanks for sharing Lori!
Sarah GillApril 6, 2014
You just saved my favourite nude shoes! Thank you so much, I would have been really worried about putting nail polish remover on them but it worked like a charm. I finished it off by using some nude nail polish on the slightly damaged heels and it’s like I have a whole new pair. 🙂
EileenApril 6, 2014
You’re so welcome! 🙂
GabyAugust 10, 2013
It didnt work for me 🙁 R.I.P. Taupe Steve Madden pumps. May your gorgeous soul rest in peace and off my feet.
YesMissyAugust 12, 2013
Aww boo! At least you have an excuse to buy a new pair of shoes!
DestineeApril 29, 2013
YesMissyApril 29, 2013
You’re welcome 🙂
caroline1tDecember 21, 2012
Woohoo! You just saved me a whole lotta money. THANKS!