How to Remove Shoe Polish Stain

How to Remove Shoe Polish Stain

Shoe polish can leave behind the unsightly black stains on your carpets, upholstery, laundry, and even your car windows. Read on to know more about some easy shoe polish stain removal techniques.
While the shoe polish can do wonders in restoring the shine and luster of the old worn out shoes, a blob of the shoe polish on the carpet or on your clothes can destroy the surface and leave a permanent stain on it. Moreover, these black marks on your carpets and upholstery tend to be quite noticeable and often quite hard to take off. So if you are wondering how to remove these stains and get rid of the unsightly marks, then here are some stain removal tips to help you on your way

Remove the Stains from Carpets

Removing shoe polish and other stains from carpets can be a nightmare, especially, if it has been there for a long time. However, if the stain is still fresh, then you can try blotting it with clean white cloth or paper towels. Do not rub or scrub the stain and instead blot from the outside edges towards the center of the stain. Scrubbing the stain might result in it going deeper into the carpet.

If the stain has been there for a long time, then you need to first scrape out the caked-on parts with a dull instrument such as a butter knife. This will allow the excess stains to be removed. Now use a lanolin-free, non-bleach liquid detergent solution, a carpet shampoo, or a spot removal kit to remove the stains. You can also use a non-acetone nail polish remover or ethyl chloride on a cotton ball or white rag and gently rub the shoe polish stain. Apply the spot remover to the stains and continue sponging the area to remove shoe polish from carpet completely.

Remove the Stains from Clothes

For removing the shoe polish stains from clothes, you need to use absorbent white paper towels, rubbing alcohol, cold water, two small bowls, white terrycloth towel, powdered laundry detergent, and liquid detergent that is lanolin-free and has color-safe bleach. Start out by blotting the stain with white paper towels. Do not rub the polish. Now in a bowl, mix the alcohol and cold water in a 1:2 ratio. Use a white terrycloth and saturate it completely with the alcohol solution and blot the stain. If you are unsure about the effect of the alcohol on the fabric, then test a small inconspicuous area first to check the effect. Continue blotting the stain till it has faded slightly.

In another bowl, mix the powdered detergent with cold water to form a paste. Apply this on the stain and allow it to remain for twenty minutes. Launder the clothes as usual using a liquid detergent. If the stain is removed completely, then place it in a dryer or else repeat the steps again.

Remove the Stains from Windows

Used in the Auto-cross scene to mark the windows of racers, shoe polish on car windows may be banned in many events but many car dealers and private sellers still use shoe polish to advertise the vehicle sale. Knowing how to remove this stain from car windows can be quite a tough job.

Wear hand gloves before you start out with the stain removal. Now using a razor blade between the gloved forefinger and thumb, scrape out the shoe polish gently. Hold the blade at a fifteen-degree angle to remove the dried-up polish without damaging the glass. If you hear the scratching noise or feel the tension between the blade and the window, then you are probably scratching the glass. Lower the pressure. Now spray on the window cleaner and let it remain for two to three minutes. Use a clean cloth or paper towels to wipe the cleaner off. This has to be done a few times before the polish is completely removed.

The best way to remove shoe polish stains completely is to blot out the stains as early as possible. This will avoid the stains from setting in and make it easier to remove. For leather, suede, fur, wool, and silk, it is best to get the stains removed by a professional cleaner.
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