We've all been there, so at some point knowing how to remove scuff marks from your favorite shoes will be a lifesaver. A familiar scenario: you get a brand-new pair of shoes and walk around as carefully as possible so they don't get scuffed up. But it happens no matter how hard you try to avoid it. Of course, you don't just toss out those scuffed shoes. Instead, you work to get those marks out. And we have the handy list of methods that will get those ugly marks off of your favorite pair of shoes.
Before you dive headfirst into any cleaning methods, make sure to take an inconspicuous spot on your shoe to spot clean. Doing a test run will ensure you don't stain, damage, or make the scuff mark worse. When just a clean cloth and elbow grease or warm water and mild liquid soap doesn't do the trick, switch over to one of our tips for how to remove scuff marks from your shoe lineup.
This widely available product is likely sitting in your pantry or refrigerator right now. It has a wide range of applications and is often used in toothpaste for its ability to remove stains.
Step 1: Combine 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and enough warm water to create an evenly consistent paste.
Step 2: Using a cloth, polish the shoes and remove the excess paste with a second clean, damp cloth.
This school kid staple should be in every adult’s shoe repair quiver. And while the more common, pink-colored erasers work, you'll likely have to remove the residue once done. White erasers leave less of this residue.
Step 1: Make sure to brush any dirt or debris off the shoe before using the eraser method.
Step 2: Utilizing small circular motions, gently polish the scuff marks away.
Step 3: Use this method on vinyl, patent leather, and suede shoes.
In addition to reducing diaper rash in babies, petroleum jelly (i.e., Vaseline) is also a game-changer in helping to heal minor injuries on human skin as well as leather shoes.
Step 1: Using a clean and dry cloth, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly in circular motions to the affected area of the shoe.
Step 2: Allow the product to sit briefly on the surface before removing it with another clean cloth.
This bathroom cabinet staple is as effective at removing scuff marks as it is at removing nail polish.
Step 1: Apply a small amount to a cotton ball and polish the scuffs with small, circular motions.
Step 2: Use this method for patent leather shoes and sneakers.
It’s excellent for sterilizing, but did you know that this inexpensive ingredient is also a great solution for removing scuffs and stains from patent leather? It's extremely simple to use, as well.
Step 1: If you don’t happen to have any rubbing alcohol at your disposal, you likely have hand sanitizer around.
Step 2: Slightly dampen a cloth and rub the area until the scuff is gone.
The next time you swap out your toothbrush, put the old one aside and save it for countless cleaning opportunities. In addition to working on canvas shoes, toothpaste is a good solution for leather and faux leather footwear. As a bonus, the toothpaste solution is also a great way to brighten up those rubber soles.
Step 1: Apply a small amount of white (non-gel) toothpaste to the brush and gently polish the scuffs.
Step 2: With a damp cloth, wipe away the toothpaste and allow the shoes to air dry.
Protecting your shoes from scuffing is essential to maintaining their appearance and longevity. Here are five effective methods to prevent scuffs:
- Invest in protective products: Apply a quality shoe protector spray to create a barrier against scuffs and stains. Regularly reapply to ensure future protection.
- Store properly: Store your shoes individually in cloth or felt shoe bags to prevent them from rubbing against each other.
- Be mindful of your surroundings: Be cautious of your environment, avoiding abrasive surfaces or rough terrains that could lead to scuffs. Stay clear of areas that pose a higher risk of damaging your shoes.
- Use toe taps or guards: Attach these thin protective layers to the front of your shoe soles to absorb impact and shield the leather from scuffing when walking.
- Apply regular maintenance: Clean your shoes regularly with a soft brush or cloth to remove dirt and debris that could lead to scuffs. Apply a leather conditioner to keep the material supple and less prone to damage.
Nothing is worse than getting a new pair of shoes only to have them ruined when you mark them up on their first time out of the house. Scuffs happen, but it doesn't have to be the end of your spotless shoes. Using these methods, prolong the life of your shoes and keep them looking as brand-new as possible.
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