How to Get Scuff Marks Off Patent Leather

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls

  • Nail polish remover

  • Clean cloths

  • Mineral oil

  • White toothpaste


Carry a small gum eraser in your bag to tackle scuffs on patent leather on the spot.

The shiny, smooth surface of patent leather is often ruined by scuff marks. White or gray scuff marks on black patent leather surfaces, particularly shoes, is a common sight. While most people accept scuff marks as par for the course with patent leather, you can remove them with supplies from home. Doing so on an as-needed basis will help keep your patent leather products looking shiny and new.

Get Scuff Marks Off Dark-Colored Patent Leather

Step 1

Dampen a cotton ball with a few drops of nail polish remover. Rub the nail polish remover onto the scuff marks on your patent leather. As the scuff marks lift, switch to a clean cotton ball and continue the process until the scuff marks are gone.

Step 2

Wet a clean cloth with plain water and wipe the surface of your patent leather to remove the nail polish remover. Rub a dry portion of the cloth onto the patent leather surface to remove any small, residual scuffs remaining.

Step 3

Pour a dime-sized amount of mineral oil onto a clean cloth. Buff the mineral oil into your patent leather to clean and maintain shine.

Get Scuff Marks Off White Patent Leather

Step 1

Squirt a pea-sized amount of white toothpaste onto a clean cloth.

Step 2

Buff the site of the scuff marks on your white patent leather with the toothpaste. Allow the white toothpaste to sit on the scuff marks for a few minutes.

Step 3

Rub the toothpaste into the scuff marks with a dry cloth. Change to clean portion of the cloth and buff the toothpaste and scuff marks off the white patent leather surface.

Step 4

Apply mineral oil to a clean cloth and work it into the surface of the white patent leather to clean it and restore shine to the area where the scuff marks were removed.


Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.