How to Remove Dark Scuffs From Shoes

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Light scuffs on leather shoes can usually be handled with a coat of shoe polish. But dark scuffs, especially on lighter-colored shoes, call for refinishing. With a few supplies from the shoe repair shop, you can do it yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather Preparer
  • Shoe Refinishing Spray
  • Cream Shoe Polish
  • Masking Tape
  • Light-colored Cloth
  • Soft, clean cloth

Purchase a refinishing spray such as Nulife at a shoe repair shop. Take the shoes with you so that you can match them to the color chart.

Use masking tape to mask off the sole and heel of the shoes. Only the leather upper should be exposed.

Find a well-ventilated area to work in. Using a light-colored cloth, wash the leather with leather preparer. Let dry. Repeat until the leather has a dull, even finish.

Apply the refinishing spray to the shoe. Spray it on evenly and lightly. Repeat until the leather has an even color, allowing it to dry between coats.

Remove the tape. Polish the shoes with cream polish and a soft, clean cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Help prevent scuffs by polishing your shoes regularly. Cream shoe polish is a good choice, because it comes in a wide range of colors and has staying power.

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