Can You Clean Scuff Marks on Patent Leather Tan Shoes?

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Common household products will remove scuffs from tan patent leather shoes. (Image: SEYLUL06/iStock/Getty Images)

Patent leather has a shiny finish and is a durable material, but it scuffs easily. Black patent leather shoes won’t show scuffs marks as much as light-colored tan shoes. The slightest run in with a curb or rock, and you’ll be left with a mark across your tan patent leather shoes. You don’t have to take the shoes to a professional to have the scuffs removed. With the right products, you can buff away the scuffs from your tan patent leather shoes right at home.

Step 1

Rub the scuffs away with a gum eraser. Move the eraser lightly over the scuff marks until they disappear.

Step 2

Moisten a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol. Dab the alcohol onto the scuff marks, then buff gently with a dry cloth.

Step 3

Dab petroleum jelly onto the scuff marks if they are still there. Use just enough petroleum jelly to cover the marks, then buff lightly with a soft cloth until they are gone.

Step 4

Moisten a soft cloth with nail polish remover for stubborn scuff marks. Rub briskly but lightly over the marks to remove them from the shoes.

Step 5

Wipe the entire shoe with a clean, damp cloth after all the scuff marks are gone to remove any residue, then buff with a dry cloth to remove the moisture.

Things You'll Need

  • Gum eraser

  • Cotton swab

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Soft cloths

  • Nail polish remover

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