How to Get Shoe Polish Out of Jeans


Getting shoe polish out of jeans may be a difficult task because the polish is dye-based and may stain fabric quickly upon contact. Treat the stain as soon as possible after you notice the polish on the jeans. You may need to wash the jeans with a pre-treating chemical several times to achieve an acceptable result. Avoid letting the shoe polish or fabric dry completely while attempting to remove the stain. This will prevent the color from setting into the fiber.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Sponge
  • Heavy-duty detergent
  • Washing machine
  • Pre-treat the shoe polish by spraying a dry cleaning solvent onto the area and rubbing it with a sponge.

  • Rub the shoe polish area with a heavy-duty laundry detergent after applying dry cleaning solvent.

  • Wash the jeans in a washing machine with warm water according to the label directions. Remove the jeans from the washing machine and inspect the shoe polish area to see if the mark remains. Do not dry the jeans in a dryer to prevent setting in any remaining stain.

  • Repeat the process immediately, if the shoe polish remains. A shoe polish that you did not treat promptly may cause a permanent stain on the jeans fiber.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dry cleaning solvent contains the chemical perchloroethylene or trichloroethylene. Several products are available for residential use, and found in the laundry aisle of most stores.

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