+ How to easily remove scuffs from shoes


Shoe scuffing has been one of the most annoying things to deal with when it comes to shoes. Especially when I tend to play around with my boys and they scrap into things. So, I heard my sister-in-law say her mom used nail polish remover to quickly get rid of these scuffs before running to church. So I had to give it a try and I was shocked! It worked! It wasn’t the best solution in the world, but I was very please at it removing 95% or dirt and scuffs. The rest were easily covered up and filled in with shoe polish (tutorial here). I wonder though if I had caught  a lot of these scuffs around the day it happened if it would more easily get out? Some of these scuffs are a year old. Now every time I pull out some shoes with scuffs, I’m going to quickly rub some nail polish remover over them and run out the door. Yay! I love finding solutions to things.

scuffed shoes
nail polish remover
soap + water
optional-shoe polish(tutorial here)

1. Dab the q-tip in nail polish remover, then wipe/rub over the scuffs. I had to do this quite a bit.
2. Wash off with soap and water
Optional: If some spots were too stubborn or there are tears and whatnot, then rub in some shoe polish. Follow this tutorial to do so. I had a few spots where this happened and the shoe polish rubbed in beautifully.


  1. Thank You so much!! i just bought new shoes a month ago and i was so mad when i wore them the first day and scuffed them up! I will try this!!

  2. Huh, no kidding. I had no idea. I am definitely going to spend some time with my shoe collection and a bottle of nail polish remover this evening!

  3. Trish Worrall says:

    I have been using nail polish remover for many different things to clean. But I would always use nail polish remover without acetone, and make sure you try it first on material that is not visible. Best used on fake leather, and patent leather. But don’t try it on leather without testing it first. Nail polish remover will also take out color on some materials like leather.

  4. Thank you so much, I needed this! My new shoes recently just got all scuffed up and I wanted to wear them to graduation, so this is perfect.

  5. Wow! I didn’t know about this!!! This is super helpful!

  6. so simple and useful

  7. I’ve been looking for a good way to clean my shoes! Shoe cleaner just isn’t strong enough. I will be trying this tonight. Thanks :)

  8. Be cautious if you try this – acetone can cause some plastics to dissolve (And non-leather shoes are usually some type of plastic.) I’ve heard Magic Erasers are good for scuffs, but I haven’t tried it yet.

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  10. hello, I’m french , I speak english a little but I can’t understand specifict words , I’m sorry…so do you want someone to translate this : your genious idea , please ? I hope you understand what I want to say …see you soon .valérie

    • Bonjour Valérie !
      Je traduis pour toi.
      Pour retirer les traces noires des chaussures, utilise du dissolvant à ongles que tu mets sur des batonnets pour les oreilles (coton-tiges). Pour les petites tâches, utilise du cirage selon le tutoriel indiqué en lien. Plusieurs personnes dans les commentaires déconseillent d’utiliser du dissolvant contenant de l’acétone, car il y a un risque sur les chaussures en cuir (perte de couleur) et sur certaines matières plastiques (simili-cuir) : à tester auparavant !
      Voilà, j’espère que ça t”aidera ! Bonne journée !

      PS : thanks a lot for the article ! I think I’m going to try it soon ! First, need to check my shoes…

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