True Story: Last night a beautiful gal in a cute sheath dress and nude patent stilettos entered the dance school lobby where I am held hostage from 545 – 750 PM on Mondays. I admired her effort and mentally noted that I should at least make strides to wear a little make-up next week as to not scare the toddlers and other moms being held hostage. After a few minutes of quality time checking my MotherStucker emails and catching up on the Ryan Reynolds/Blake Lively wedding in my coveted “Us Weekly” Magazine, the afore mentioned beautiful gal strode across the lobby to the dance school office. Something on the back of her nude patent stiletto caught my eye — was that mud? — negative! Simply a black heel scuff that held my attention like a 7 vehicle car crash. The rest of night I was fixated and decided to try and stop scuff marks from ruining your next ensemble.
Before throwing out a perfectly good pair of shoes plagued by a few minor scuffs, consider these six surprising ways to polish out those abrasions. You can stretch out the lifespan of your favorite kicks, save money from having to replace them, and save time, since these quick fixes take no more than 10 minutes to do.
Erasers. For vinyl shoes, rub a regular pencil eraser over small or lightly scuffed areas. For suede, use a brush to sweep off any dirt that might be trapped on the fabric. (Brush in one direction rather than back and forth.) Then, gently rub off marks with an eraser.
Toothpaste. For canvas-covered footwear, apply a little toothpaste on a cloth, and gently polish off the marks. Wipe of paste with a clean damp cloth and air dry.
Baking soda. If toothpaste doesn’t work, mix together two tablespoons of baking soda and warm water. Using a cloth, apply a small amount of the paste to the mark and scrub. Add more paste as needed. Finally, wipe the paste off with a clean damp cloth and dry.
Dish detergent. Safe on most fabrics except for silky lustrous material like satin, mix a few drops of detergent with warm water, and using a cloth, scrub the scuff stains. Then, using a clean cloth, dab to dry.
Nail polish remover. Apply a little nail polish remover to a cotton ball to polish out the scuff marks. Then, apply baby powder or petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, to protect the shoe’s material. This method works well for several types of textiles, from patent leather to tennis shoes.
Petroleum Jelly. For patent leather, a little dab of petroleum jelly will make shoes good as new. Simply apply to a cloth and rub the scuffed area. Then, wipe with a clean damp cloth.