Can You Clean Scuff Marks on Patent Leather Tan Shoes?

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.

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

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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