I have recently bought a pair of beige patent leather shoes and love them, and I love the fact that they were on special even more!  It was to my dismay, that when I last went to wear them, I found a brown scuff mark on the side of one of them.  The problem is that the scuff mark is quite noticeable.  So how to remove the mark?  I have done some research and found the following tips for cleaning patent leather shoes.

  • Soap and water.  Use a soft cloth to remove the mark
  • Nail polish remover – the non-acetone kind.  Use a cotton bud to dip into the nail polish and gently rub the mark off.  I would recommend testing in an inconspicuous spot first to ensure it does not mark your shoes
  • Mineral oil or petroleum jelly.  Apply with a soft cloth and rub the area until clean.  I even saw a reference to vegetable oil on place of mineral oil

I tried all three and found the nail polish remover the best for removing smaller black spots on the shoes.  None however were successful in removing the scuff mark.  I think the mark was a result of the shoes rubbing against another pair and the brown shoe polish transferring to the patent leather shoes.  If anyone has any great ideas on how to remove scuff marks on patent leather shoes, I would love to hear about them.

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