How to Remove Shoe Polish from Wood

Shoe polish is a good way to bring new life to an old pair of loafers, but it can also mean bad news if it's accidentally smeared on a wood table, floor, or countertop. Unfortunately, shoe polish can mean a stubborn stain when combined with wood. However, all is not lost, as it's simple to remove the polish.

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Shoe polish can make for a sticky stain, but it's simple to remove.

Step 1

Dab the stain with a paper towel to remove any excess. Squeeze dish detergent onto a toothbrush and scrub the stain, using a small circular motion.

Step 2

Pour hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and the soap and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Dab the stain again with a paper towel to soak up excess liquid.

Step 3

Moisten the stain eraser sponge and scrub the stain vigorously until you no longer see traces of the polish. Apply dusting spray and swipe the surface with a soft rag.