Sunday, 13 May 2007

Removing Scuffs from Leather Shoes

It is possible to remove light scuffs on leather shoes by applying a coat of shoe polish. However dark scuffs, especially on lighter coloured shoes requires refinishing. MFB recommends you take your shoes to a shoe repair shop although it is possible to repair your shoes yourself as detailed below.
  1. Obtain a refinishing spray at a shoe repair shop. Remember to take your shoes with you so that you can match them to a colour chart.
  2. Cover the shoe so that only the leather upper is exposed. Mask off the sole and heel of the shoes using masking tape.
  3. Use a light-coloured shoe cleaning cloth and leather preparer to wash the leather. Let the shoes dry. If necessary repeat the process until the leather has a dull, even finish. Note – work within a well-ventilated area.
  4. Apply shoe refinishing spray evenly and lightly across the leather. Allow to dry. Repeat the application of refinishing spray until the leather has an even colour.
  5. Remove the masking tape. Polish the shoes with cream polish and a clean, soft cloth.
In some cases toothpaste can be used to remove scuffs from shoes. Simply squirt a very small amount on the scuffed area of the shoe and rub with a clean, soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Warning: MFB recommend you test a small area of your show to text colour fastness of the leather before using toothpaste on fine shoes.


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