Removing scuff marks with household products..
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.
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.
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.
Tips on fixing and maintaining your shoes from Go Go Heels..
• Shoe polish covers light scuffs on dark shoes. Use cream or paste polish as it’s more effective in repairing nicks & scratches. Liquid polishes dry out the leather.
• For smooth leather, apply leather lotion — it’s colorless — to the scratched or nicked area to moisturize the damaged part. Then, apply cream shoe polish — use same color as leather — over it. Finish with buffing the area using a soft, dry towel to make sure the polish blends in well.
TENNIS SHOES & SNEAKERS
• Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is amazing for removing marks, grass stains, and scuffs. Remember to always spot test on a hidden area to make sure it’s compatible with the shoe material.
• Glass cleaner removes scuffs & polishes patent leather. Vaseline also works well.
• Rule of Thumb: Clean/Repair suede material when it’s dry.
• Use a suede brush to get rid of any surface dirt. Brush it in the direction of the fibers rather than going back and forth.
• To remove minor marks and scuffs, gently rub an eraser over the discolored spots. The friction of using the eraser lifts the dirt and fluffs up the suede fibers. Try this on your suede purse and jackets too!
• Armor All Multipurpose Auto Cleaner is an excellent cleaner for any vinyl material. It gets out stains & fixes minor scuffs.
2) Fixing Small Nicks
For Leather, Patent Leather, and Vinyl Shoes:
• Small nicks can be filled in with a dab of similarly colored nail polish.
• Or, color over the nick with a permanent marker pen (same color as your shoe) and seal with a coat of clear nail polish.
3) Repairing Worn Heel Tips
Heel Tips wear down the quickest making that pesky “click clack” sound once the rubber is worn down to the metal nail. As soon as your hear the clicking, you should get it fixed before it causes permanent damage to your heel. If there’s no nearby shoe repair shop or you’ll looking for an easy & affordable DIY solution, try our QUICK TIPS® Heel Caps.
If you’d rather have your heel tips replaced, we recommend going to your local shoe repair shop over trying to do it yourself (See our previous post: Heel Caps vs DIY Heel Tip Replacement). The main reasons are:
• The old heel tip is VERY difficult to remove and you can easily damage your shoe trying to pull it out.
• Pin sizes vary (2.5mm – 3.3mm) and unless your shoes came with a spare pair of heel tips — which isn’t uncommon — there’s a good chance your new heel tip won’t fit because of the pin size.
4) Reattaching Soles, Patching Holes/Cracks, Rebuilding Heel
Shoe Goo is an excellent adhesive & sealant for repairing and rebuilding shoes. It works on leather, rubber, vinyl, and canvas. Shoe Goo is very versatile and can be used for the following:
• Reattaching shoe components like rubber soles
• Filling in gaps or holes in leather and rubber — essentially acts like adhesive putty
• Sealing for waterproofing seams
• Rebuilding worn top lifts & heels
For shoe repairs, always use Shoe Goo or a good contact cement for a strong yet flexible bond. Never use super glue or gorilla glue, because it drys hard and will not flex after it has set. Shoes need to be able to flex and bend with your feet and movement. Also, super glue will ruin leather, so beware.
Follow Shoe Glue’s instructions closely for best results.
5) Stretching Shoes
Are your new shoes a little too tight or a half size too small? An easy DIY trick to stretch out your shoes is with a simple bag of water. Fill your shoe with a bag of water and put it in the freezer. It works because water EXPANDS when it freezes! Try this fun science experiment the next time your shoes need a small stretch. Works best on leather shoes.
What you need:
– Zip Lock Bags
– Optional: String or rubber band
1) Fill the plastic bag about 1/4 – 1/3 with water. Double bag to be really careful.
2) Seal the bags and try to get as much of the air out as possible. Tie the top up with a string or rubberband to be extra safe against leaking.
3) Position bags in your shoes and freeze for a few hours.
4) Once frozen, take the shoes out and thaw out for 20 mins.
5) Remove the ice bags, wipe down your shoes, and try them on!
Tip: For closed-toed shoes, it’s easier to first place the double plastic bags inside the shoe as far as you can, then carefully pour water into the bag to allow it to take the shape of your toe box.