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