Shoe Polish Stain Removal Solutions




This is your step by step guide to shoe polish stain removal from clothes, fabrics, carpets and upholstery.

Shoe polish is a quick and easy way to breathe new life into shoes that have seen better days. Unfortunately, while it can restore shoes to their former glory, it can destroy clothing and carpeting. Follow these tips to remove the black marks against you.

Below are solutions on how to remove shoe polish stains from clothes & fabrics and removing shoe polish stains from carpets & upholstery.


Description: A substance used to produce a shiny protective surface on footwear. Shoe polish is a necessity for any style-conscious person, but its uses don’t end with the feet. It’s a must have for children at Halloween, or any time you need to darken your face or hands and no makeup is available. Popular colors include black, brown, blue, and white.

Shoe polish stain removalThe act of removing shoe polish stains occurs year-round, but the colors vary with the time of year. White shoe-polish stains are only incurred in the summer, as long as style guidelines are followed to the letter. Brown and black shoe-polish stains should only occur in the colder months. Additionally, as noted above, October 31 will see an increase in people having to remove shoe-polish stains of every color.

Pant-leg and dress-shirt cuffs are the areas most affected by this stain. Suit jackets can be marred when the polisher is hurried. In rare instances, pantyhose, socks, and tights may fall victim to this stain. In train and bus stations around the world, busy commuters get their shoes polished before or after work; therefore, morning and evening rush hours are common times to obtain this stain. Costume parties are also a time to look out for the shoe-polish stain.


Shoe Polish Stain Removal from Clothes & Fabrics

Solution 1:

1. Work laundry detergent into the fabric immediately and rinse.

2. For persistent stains, sponge with alcohol. Use undiluted alcohol on white clothes, and 1 part alcohol to 2 parts water on colored fabrics.

3. Rinse again, or try using turpentine after first testing in an inconspicuous spot.

4. Shoe polish has an oily base containing dye. Using the wrong things such as water, heat, or wet spotters will spread and set the stain. Work in vegetable oil or WD-40 Lubricant and let it sit for 15 minutes.

5. Sponge on a little ammonia (not on silk, please), then work in undiluted dishwashing liquid and launder as usual.

6. If you have any discoloration remaining from the dye in the shoe polish, soak the fabric in bleach until the stain is removed.

7. If the shoe polish stain is old and heavy, you may need to treat it with petroleum jelly. Cover the polish and work in the petroleum jelly, let it soak for 30 to 60 minutes, and then scrape off all that you can of the polish and the petroleum jelly.

8. Work in undiluted dishwashing liquid and flush with a forceful stream of hot water.

9. Pretreat and launder as usual.

Solution 2:

For liquid shoe polish stain removal –

1. Blot up all that you can from the fabric. Do not rub – this will spread the stain. Do not apply water.

2. Saturate with alcohol – undiluted for whites, diluted as above for colors.

3. Continue to flush with alcohol, work in your favorite laundry detergent, then rub vigorously to remove all traces of the stain.


Shoe Polish Stain Removal from Carpets & Upholstery

Solution 1:

1. Scrape off as much polish as possible.

2. Sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

4. Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and 1 tablespoon of ammonia (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous) with 2 cups of warm water.

5. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution.

6. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

7. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Have you reached shoe polish stain removal success? I hope so!


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