Discovering discolored, scratch-like marks on your favorite sneakers They can diminish the allure of your lovely shoes and heels and may even be present on the pairs you wear most often.

These are most likely scuff marks, and in today's post I'll explain how to get rid of them.

Scuffs are what

Your shoes are probably scuffed up because you bumped into something or rubbed against something. Tiny, unobtrusive blemishes are hardly a deal breaker. If you have a favorite pair of shoes and you start to notice visible discoloration and marks, it can completely ruin them and your day. Appealing to the Eye

You can restore your shoes to (almost) like-new condition with items found around the house, though, so don't fret. I'm going to give you some tips on how to fix scuffed shoes so you can wear them with pride again.  

I can restore your shoes to their pre-scuffed glory, whether they are patent leather, suede, canvas, or Melissa Shoes.

Seven Methods to Clean Shoe Scuff Marks (Leather, Suede, Canvas, and More)

Close up of woman in orange shoes with text below reading 9 easy ways to remove scuff marks from shoes.

Whatever the material, always clean your shoes before attempting to remove scuff marks. Cleanliness is paramount when it comes to scuff mark maintenance, so be sure to give them a good dusting before you do anything

For additional options, check the care label inside your footwear. A damp cloth with or without a mild detergent should do the trick for leather, patent leather, or faux leather.

You can use a suede brush or the other methods outlined in my post to clean your nubuck or suede footwear. Check out my blog post on cleaning satin shoes for advice on cleaning those pretty bridal shoes.

Do you want your unscuffed shoes to shine like new? See this post for information on polishing leather footwear.

You should always do a test spot on an inconspicuous area of your shoe before attempting to remove scuff marks on the more visible parts of your shoe. Like the innermost part

That way, you can ensure that the scuff remover you've chosen is effective on your shoes.

Firstly, rely on tried-and-true cleaning products.

Scuff marks can be removed with relative ease by using common household cleaners. To clean your shoes, simply combine a few drops of detergent with a cup of warm water and rub the solution into the fabric. The shoes should be dried in the open air.

Just like they can get rid of stains, these cleaners can get rid of the discoloration on your clothes. Avoid using bleach or bleach alternatives in your washing machine, as doing so can bleach the color out of your shoes, which is much more noticeable than scuff marks.  

It is recommended to use mild detergents without bleaching ingredients and to pre-test the cleaning solution on the shoe's less visible areas.

  • Fabrics like leather and canvas fare the best.
  • Items that require special care or dry cleaning, as well as suede shoes, should be avoided.

Two, employ a rubber eraser

The following method has been proven effective in the removal of scuff marks from nubuck and suede shoes, and it can also be used on patent leather and vinyl. You might find that the solution lies in a rubber eraser.

A rubber eraser can fix scuff marks the same way it can fix pencil marks. Tips for erasing shoe scuffs with an eraser

To remove scuff marks from shoes, gently rub a white rubber eraser over each one in a circular motion. After that, eraser dust can be brushed away. A white eraser will not leave behind the pink stain that other colors will. When used, white erasers also tend to be less messy than other colors.

Do not forget to remove dirt and debris from your shoes first. If the dirt has already stained your shoes, rubbing them together may make the staining even worse.

3 Reasons Why Baking Soda Can Be Useful

Baking soda, you have no idea how wonderful you are. When it comes to eliminating shoe odor, baking soda is the go-to home remedy. Thankfully, baking soda can also be used to remove scuff marks from canvas and leather shoes.

In order to use it, combine 1–2 tablespoons of baking soda with warm water, scrub the paste over the shoes, and wipe with a clean damp cloth before letting air dry.  

Worried that the whiteness of your canvas sneakers has faded? You can use baking soda to restore the original condition of your canvas sneakers, and it also works well on leather if you test a small area first.

Nail polish remover is an option, too.

Nail polish remover is another everyday item that serves more than one purpose. It's also useful for repairing scuffed leather shoes.

Use a cotton swab or a cloth dampened with nail polish remover to gently buff away the scratches. In a strange twist, the same solvents used to take off nail polish can be used to clean stains off of shoes.

To protect your suede shoes from being damaged by the harsher ingredients in nail polish removers, you may want to avoid using them on your nails.

Similarly, it's smart to check the cleaning solution on the back of your shoe before using it on the front. This holds true for any product you put on a priceless possession.

Use Isopropyl Alcohol as a Fifth Step

Scuff marks on patent leather shoes are a breeze to remove with some rubbing alcohol. A small amount applied to a shoe cloth or rag can easily remove light scuffs.

It's important to not soak the rag for too long, as too much alcohol can ruin the shoe. Rubbing alcohol, as opposed to water, is a more secure cleaning agent for suede. It's important to conduct preliminary tests to determine if any severe reactions are likely to occur.

If you find yourself unexpectedly without rubbing alcohol, you can use alcohol-based window cleaners as a suitable replacement. Those old folks from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" would be so pleased.

Try out some toothpaste; it's number six on our list

Toothpaste, a common household item, is useful for more than just brushing teeth.  

Scuff marks can be removed by using a small amount of non-gel toothpaste on a brush and a gentle scrubbing motion. Brushing the dirt and discoloration away with the abrasives on the brush. After that, give it some time to dry naturally by wiping it down with a damp cloth.

To avoid further damage to your shoes, refrain from using whitening toothpaste, gel toothpaste, or toothpaste with special ingredients.

Guide to Cleaning Patent Leather Shoes Attempt These Methods

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Shoes made of patent leather will instantly elevate any outfit. However, scuff marks can be particularly glaring when contrasted with the otherwise glossy leather.

To your relief, common household items can be used to restore the luster. Naturally, as was previously mentioned, a rubber eraser and rubbing alcohol can aid in removing scruff marks from patent leather shoes.

The following are some additional suggestions for addressing your concern with scuff marks on patent leather footwear:

Seventhly, Put Some Petroleum Jelly To Use

Rub some petroleum jelly into a cloth and use it to polish your patent leather shoes. If you wait a few minutes and then wipe, the stain should disappear.

Whether your footwear is made of patent leather or regular leather, using petroleum jelly on it is a great way to protect the leather's finish. Furthermore, it aids in the softening of leather and the prevention of cracking in shoes. Additionally, it can aid in making your footwear watertight.

7b To Remove Nail Polish

Discoloration on patent leather shoes is no match for nail polish remover. It's easy to polish your shoes with just a little bit of this on a cotton ball.

Nail polish remover can dull the shine of your shoes if you use too much of it, so be careful. If you want to use a new product on your shoes, you should always try it out on an inconspicuous area first.

Tips for Cleaning Melissa Shoes

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Wax Seal Shoes

Melfex®, a proprietary material developed specifically for Melissa shoes, is what sets them apart from the competition. Scuff marks on Melissa Shoes are, alas, permanent, and will be impossible to fully remove.

This is something I've experienced firsthand, and it really stinks. That's right, up there, you can see my Vivienne Westwood x Melissa shoes. However, the following advice for cleaning Melissa shoes will help lessen the mark and keep them looking their best.

Please be careful when deciding how to clean scuff marks from your Melissa Shoes. The shoes' plastic material could be damaged by excessive rubbing.

Using a Cloth, Polish Them

Spot-cleaning your Melissa shoes with a soft microfiber cloth will keep them looking brand new. To maintain the shoes' glossy finish, rub the scuffed areas gently and polish the rest.  

A lessening of scuff marks' discoloration should result, keeping your shoes in pristine condition.  

Put a Face Wipe to Good Use

These are handy for emergency use if you always have wipes on you. If you happen to accidentally rub your Melissa shoes against something and unsightly scuff marks appear, having the on hand will be very helpful.

Use of these facial wipes explained You could use a cloth analogy Important: Use only fragrance-free wipes to clean your shoes gently. It'll take some time before the discoloration fades.

In order to avoid doing any harm to the shoes, it is recommended that you use alcohol- and fragrance-free wipes. To prevent damaging your Melissa shoes, be sure to use scratch-free wipes.

Consider Using Eucalyptus Oil

Natural antibacterial and disinfectant eucalyptus oil also helps minimize the appearance of dirt and grime on your Melissa footwear. Smudges might disappear after a quick application of eucalyptus oil, which can be applied by rubbing a drop or two onto the affected area.

Rub the shoes gently so as not to scratch the shiny surface. Use only a small amount of oil at a time, as applying too much at once can dull the finish.

Reflections on Successfully Cleaning Your Shoes

It's annoying when scuff marks on shoes are visible from far away. They can make you look sloppy and unprepared for any situation.

Now that you know these tricks for removing scuff marks from shoes with common household items, you can put that concern to rest.

Rediscover your sense of style with some shiny new patent leather heels or pristine white canvas low tops.

Don't be shy about passing along these tried-and-true tips to help your pals maintain a pristine pair of kicks. Leave a comment with any additional suggestions you may have for removing scuff marks from shoes. Browse the blog for more shoe-related posts.

Caution: if you try any of the above methods to get rid of scuffs on your shoes or boots, you may end up damaging them beyond repair. In no event will ShoeTease or its affiliates be held liable for any injuries or property damage that may occur as a result of following the suggestions made in this article. It is your responsibility to assess the risks associated with following the listed recommendations. Get your prized footwear cleaned by a specialist shoe cleaner for the best results. Your expensive Louboutins and other designer footwear will thank you.

Love, xo, ShoeTease