DIY- Scuff Removal (2 simple steps)

13 Apr

Good afternoon!  I thought I’d share my scuff removal tips with you all as I clean my heels up after a night out.  I try to clean my heels after each wear, keeping them beautiful for many years!  It’s also much easier to maintain them with a quick wipe down and scuff removal than to let it build up. I’ve always been able to clean my leather shoes pretty easily but had such a hard time with patent leather until one day it somehow popped in my head to try nail polish remover on a big red scuff and IT WORKED!  Since then I’ve wiped away dozens of scuffs successfully!

What you’ll need:

*nail polish remover

*1, maybe 2 Q-tips (cotton swabs)

* 2 minutes of your time


Once you have your Q-tips and nail polish remover, you simply dip the Q-tip into the nail polish remover and gently wipe over the scuff in a back and forth motion until it disappears! Once the scuff is removed, flip the Q-tip around and use the dry side to wipe off any access nail polish remover. It’s that easy! and YES this removes those unsightly red Louboutin scuffs! I have used this method on leather and patent leather and have found that it works especially well on patent leather because the surface is so slick.  I have NOT tried it on suede because quite frankly I’m scared that it would smear the stain rather than remove it.  I hope this helps you all next time you have a shoe in need of scuff removal!




19 Responses to “DIY- Scuff Removal (2 simple steps)”

  1. Alex McClain April 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    I’ve got to try this!! It seems TOO SIMPLE! Why didn’t I think of it?! Lol.

    • yourstylejourney April 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

      right!???? It really works great! The scuffs just wipe away

  2. Sienna Bertrand April 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Good to know! Thanks and cute heels!

  3. Lisa April 14, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    I will have to try this, thanks!

  4. kenyaldesigns April 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Awesome tip! So glad you shared this!

    xo, Kenya

  5. LindsayLoblaw April 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Thanks so much! I’ve been considering what to do with my scuffed (but very comfortable and much loved) heels. I’m so glad to see that I might not have to repurpose them… at least not yet.

  6. modelscantdance April 15, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  7. lycly April 15, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    What a great tip!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Miriam January 27, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Hello, do you think this will work with the nude patent leather louboutins without altering the color?

    • yourstylejourney January 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      I think so! I use this method on my black patent Louboutins without color changing. It works on all my patent leather colors.

  9. Sylvia May 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    I saw this on Pinterest and it worked on my white patent leather flats. Thank you!

  10. Sadie September 19, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    This is awesome, thanks.

  11. Mirium March 25, 2018 at 11:40 pm #

    Just found this article on Pinterest and it worked!! Thank you

  12. Teasha Williams November 2, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

    Can I use 100% acetone?

    • yourstylejourney November 2, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

      I only tried it with my non acetone nail polish remover.

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