Long gone for me are the days of wearing leather pumps, at least on a regular basis. I left the corporate world first to become a registered nurse, and now I’m beginning a freelance writing career. But I still deal with scuffed shoes from time to time. Below are some quick and easy ways to remove scuffs from your leather and vinyl shoes. Make sure that you thoroughly clean your shoes before removing the scuffmarks. There is no sense in removing scuffs from dirty shoes, only to rub the dirt in more.
The first thing I reach for when I am trying to get rid of nasty scuffmarks on my shoes is an eraser. A plain pencil eraser works wonders on most scuffmarks. Simply erase the scuff as you would a pencil error. Be careful not to rub too hard with the eraser, because you may damage the leather. Gently rub the eraser back and forth over the scuff, and it will slowly disappear.
If the eraser doesn’t work, the next product I use is a soft liquid abrasive cleanser. You can use the name brand product Soft Scrub for this, but I usually use the store brand version, because I am a very frugal shopper. Apply a small amount of the cleanser to a soft, dry cloth and gently rub back and forth across the scuffmark. The cleanser will slowly and gently remove the scuff from the shoe. Remove the cleanser residue with a clean dry cloth.
An alternative to liquid abrasive cleanser is baking soda. Make a paste from baking soda and water. Make sure that the paste is somewhat grainy. Again, apply a small amount of the baking soda paste to a soft, dry cloth and gently rub the scuff. The baking soda, while not quite as effective as the abrasive cleanser, generally works quite well to get rid of the scuffmarks. Remove the baking soda residue with a clean dry cloth.
If I’m dealing with a particularly nasty scuffmark that just will not come out no matter what I use, then it’s time to pull out the big guns. That’s right, I’m talking about shoe polish. Get a shoe polish that matches the color of your shoes. Making sure that the shoes are clean and dry, apply the shoe polish in thin even layers, paying particular attention to the scuffmarks. You may have to use extra polish to cover the scuffs.
It’s inevitable that some shoes will become scuffed and there is nothing you can do to remove the scuff. However, I have found all of the methods above to be quick, inexpensive and effective in removing scuffs from my leather pumps and my leather nursing shoes. They will probably work equally as well for you.