Removing shoe polish from fabric

Don’t worry: you should be able to get out shoe polish stains without too much difficulty, here’s how.

General directions Carefully scrape up any solid bits with a blunt knife. Follow the directions below for specific fabrics.

Carpet Squirt a few drops of WD-40 on the affected area, wait thirty seconds, then blot with white paper towels, moving to clean areas of the towel frequently. Work from the outside inwards, and use a delicate dabbing motion. You must be gentle to avoid pushing the stain deeper in or spreading it. Repeat as necessary until no more of the stain is lifted. Remove remaining traces of colour with White Wizard. Apply and leave for a minute or so, then blot the stain with lightly dampened, white paper towels or a clean, white, lint-free cloth. Finish by dabbing the area with clean water to rinse it, then blot it dry. You may have to make several applications.

Washable fabrics A small stain on cotton will often come out simply by rubbing in a little liquid detergent and washing as normal. For larger stains, pre-treat with Stain Devils No. 5 according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then wash at 40°C with biological detergent. Shoe polish is difficult to remove from silk, but try the WD-40 method as described for carpet, followed by Stain Devils No. 3 to remove any greasy mark left by the WD-40. Machine-wash at 30°C on the delicates cycle. For wool, spot-treat with Stain Devils No. 5 and wash at 30°C on the delicates cycle.

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How To Remove Shoe Polish Stains

Shoe polish stains can happen quickly, and because the shoe polish is designed to stay on your shoes it is really hard to remove these stains.

Below are step by step instructions for how to remove shoe polish from clothing, other washable fabric, upholstery and carpet.

However, I should caution that some of these stains are just impossible to remove, so to make the possibility of that as slight as possible treat the spot or mark as quickly as possible.

The reason speed is so important is because the shorter the amount of time the shoe polish is on the surface before treatment begins, the less time it has to set.

How To Remove Shoe Polish Stains From Clothing And Fabrics

Step 1: Remove as much excess shoe polish as possible, being careful not to spread it around further.

Step 2: Apply liquid laundry detergent which contains enzymes to the stained area and tamp it.

Hint: Tamping the stain means to hit it quickly, to almost try to hit the stain out of the fabric, but it does not mean to rub the area, which will only grind the spot in further, making it more difficult to remove.

Step 3: Let the cloth soak in a solution of cold water and liquid laundry detergent, with enzymes, for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color safe bleach if not.

Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set it.

If this does not remove the stain, continue on to the next part of the directions. Do not dry the fabric in the dryer.

Step 5: Sponge the spot with dry cleaning solvent, using a clean, lint free white cloth.

Step 6: Blot at the spot until the dry cleaning solvent is absorbed.

Step 7: Repeat steps 5-6 until the stain is removed.

Step 8: Repeat step 4 above, laundering the fabric.

Shoe Polish Stain Removal From Upholstery

Step 1: Remove as much excess shoe polish as possible, being careful not to spread it further.

Step 2: Sponge the spot with dry cleaning solvent, using a clean, lint free white cloth.

Step 3: Blot the upholstery until the dry cleaning solvent is absorbed.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until the stain is removed.

You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.

Removing Stains Caused By Shoe Polish From Carpet

The instructions for removal of stains caused by shoe polish from carpet is the same as for upholstery, in case you have shoe polish spilled on carpet.

Make sure you do not pour the dry cleaning solvent directly to your carpet, but instead apply a more measured amount of the solvent onto a cloth and then blot this onto your carpet.

The reason for this is that dry cleaning solvent can, over time, dissolve the backing of your carpet, so you don’t want to use more than necessary.

Further, when you have removed the stain also make sure to remove the excess solvent from the carpet by using a detergent solution to blot at the carpet to dilute the solvent, and remove some of it from the carpeting.

However, if you don’t have luck with the dry cleaning solvent, you can also do something additional with the carpet stain, which is to mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia, one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and two cups warm water to use as a stain removal solution.

Recommended Shoe Polish Stain Removers

Perhaps you don’t want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed to remove these spots and spills.

Here are some articles and reviews on this site where a particular product has been mentioned as working on these spots:


Dry Cleaning Solvent
Folex Carpet Spot Remover Tide To Go Pen

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How to get shoe polish out of carpet

COIT’s Guide to Removing Shoe Polish from Carpet

No matter how careful you try to be around your home’s carpeting, accidents happen! From food to dirt to ink and more, high traffic areas of your carpet are bound to fall victim to a few unexpected stains.

But what about shoe polish stains? How do you go about removing this waxy substance from your carpet fibers when you’re in a pinch? If you’re unsure of how to go about removing this type of waxy residue, COIT’s guide to removing shoe polish from carpet can offer a few trusty pointers that can save the day.

How to Get Shoe Polish Out of Carpet – Method # 1

Removing shoe polish from carpet is as easy as following the steps below:

  1. Upon discovering the shoe polish stain, scrape away as much as you can using a butter knife. The sooner you act the better!
  2. Using a dry-cleaning solvent, sponge the shoe polish stain, blotting it until all of the liquid has disappeared. Some good brands to consider using are Dryel or Goddard’s Dry Clean Spot Remover.
  3. Next, mix 2 cups of warm water with one tablespoon of ammonia and one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent (be sure to use this exact combination of ingredients in your mixture, as mixing unknown chemicals is not advised and can be harmful to your health).
  4. Apply this solution directly onto the shoe polish stain.
  5. Continue to blot the shoe polish stain, slowly absorbing the liquid.
  6. Pour cold water directly onto the stain and continue blotting until dry.

The six steps mentioned above should assist you when you’re wondering how to remove shoe polish from carpet.

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How to Remove Shoe Polish from Carpet – Method # 2

Did you know that nail polish remover can be used for more than just manicures? To answer the question of how to get shoe polish out of carpet, grab your nail polish remover and follow this do-it-yourself technique, step-by-step:

  1. Take a white cloth and pour a generous amount of non-acetone nail polish remover directly onto it.
  2. Gently rub the affected area of the carpet with this rag.
  3. Using a home dry cleaning kit, pour a bit of the liquid onto a cotton ball and apply directly to the shoe polish stain.
  4. Mix 2 cups of water (room temperature) with 1/8 teaspoon of liquid detergent. Be sure to use detergent that is a non-bleach formula. Apply this detergent directly onto the stain using a white cloth and scrub the stain. 5. Wearing protective gloves, take 1 cup of water and mix it with 1 tablespoon of general household ammonia.
  5. Dip a clean white cloth in this solution and continue scrubbing the carpet.
  6. Rinse the shoe polish stain with a generous amount of warm tap water and blot dry. If you try the two methods outlined above and you’re still not getting the stain out, the trained team at COIT can help you answer the question of how to get shoe polish out of carpet.

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Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can’t be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

Removing Shoe Polish Stains on Your Wool Carpet

Wool carpets are nice to have in the home because they are unique and offer a different style and comfort as compared to other kinds of carpets. But like all carpets, it can be subject to a lot of cleaning problems, particularly stains and spills. One issue which can be quite common to have is getting shoe polish stains on your wool carpet.

Shoe polish can get on your carpet in a number of ways. It could get spilled all over your carpet if you accidentally tip over or drop the shoe polish container. It could also come as a result of a newly polished shoe getting some of the shoe polish accidentally on the carpet fibers. Whatever the reason for the stain, on thing is for certain though and that is the importance of getting it out of the carpet immediately.

If you are having this very trouble on your wool carpet at home, be sure to check out this very informative and easy-to-follow guide that you can use to solve this problem easily.

1. The first thing that you need to do is to try and remove as much of the excess shoe polish on the carpet as possible. You can do this by quickly blotting the spill using a clean white cloth or paper towels in order to remove the shoe polish from the carpet. Do this continuously until you have removed as much of it as you can.
2. Next, you will need to prepare the cleaning solution which will help in breaking down and removing the shoe polish stain. For this, you will need to mix a teaspoon of non-bleach laundry detergent with a quart of water. Place this inside a container and apply some of it on the affected area of the wool carpet.
3. Let the shoe polish stain soak in the detergent cleaning solution for about two minutes. Then, use another piece of clean white cloth and slowly blot the affected area once more. Work your way from the outside of the stain moving inwards in order to get the best results.
4. Continue doing the previous step until you have completely eliminated the shoe polish stains on your wool carpet. It may not be easy and you will surely need to repeat the step several times but soon enough the stain will be totally gone and your carpet will be spotless once more.
5. Rinse the area of the wool carpet where the stain was before with clean water in order to flush out any cleaning solution residue which may get left behind. Then, use a wet/dry vac to dry it up completely.

Shoe polish stains don’t need to cause you a big headache anymore. Just follow the steps above the next time you have shoe polish stains on your wool carpet to get rid of the problem easily and effectively.

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HOW TO REMOVE SHOE POLISH OUT OF CARPET Upon discovering the shoe polish stain, scrape away as much as you can using a dull edge, taking care not to spread the stain. With a sponge, apply dry cleaning fluid to the shoe polish stain, blotting it until all of the liquid has disappeared. Next, mix 2 cups of warm water with one teaspoon of liquid dish soap and one tablespoon of ammonia. Apply this solution directly onto the shoe polish stain with a paper towel. Be sure to use continually use a clean side of the cloth. Continue to blot the shoe polish stain, slowly absorbing the liquid. Pour cold water directly onto the stain and continue blotting until dry. Another method is to take a white cloth and pour a generous amount of non-acetone nail polish remover directly onto it. Gently rub the affected area of the carpet with this rag.

Mix two cups of cold water with one tablespoon of laundry detergent. Be sure to use a detergent that is a non-bleach formula. Apply this detergent directly onto the stain using a white cloth and scrub the stain. Wearing protective gloves, take 1 cup of water and mix it with one tablespoon of general household ammonia. Dip a clean white cloth in this solution and continue scrubbing the carpet. Rinse the shoe polish stain with a generous amount of warm tap water and then blot dry or vacuum away any moisture. For more spot cleaning solutions, visit https://www.novarugs.comNOVA Rugs.

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How to Remove Shoe Polish Stains from Fabric


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Table of Contents:

  1. Removing Paste Shoe Polish Stains
  2. Removing Liquid Shoe Polish Stains
  3. Additional Tips and Advice
  4. Sources

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You took great care of your shoes, giving them a nice polish, but now you have to get the shoe polish stain out of your clothes or even out of the polishing cloth. It’s not the easiest stain to remove, but it can be done regardless of the color of shoe polish that you have. Use the information below to remove the stain.

Removing Paste Shoe Polish Stains

You Will Need:

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Vegetable oil
  • WD-40
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • A cloth
  • Dish liquid
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Turpentine
  • Bleach or all-fabric bleach

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. If the stain is thick, apply some petroleum jelly to it and rub the jelly into the polish. Let the garment sit for about an hour for the jelly to loosen the polish. When the polish has softened, scrape it off the fabric.¹
  2. Instead of petroleum jelly, WD-40 or vegetable oil can be used to soften the polish. Put some on the polish, wait for about 15 minutes, then scrape off the polish.²
  3. Once you have removed as much polish as possible, treat the remaining stain. Combine equal amounts of ammonia and cool water. Blot the solution on the stain,³ starting with the outside edges and then working inwards to prevent the stain from spreading.⁴
  4. If you don’t have ammonia, you can try skipping the above step as most dish liquids contain ammonia and even if they don’t, they still could work to remove the stain. If you do have ammonia, use this step after the previous step. Rub some dish liquid into the stain, then rinse with water. Use caution for light-colored clothes, as some dish liquids that contain dyes can leave a dye stain.¹
  5. Another option is rubbing alcohol. For whites and light-colored clothes, blot the alcohol onto the stain until it is gone. For darker colors of clothes, dilute the alcohol with water (1 part rubbing alcohol in 2 parts cool water), then blot the solution onto the stain until it is gone.²
  6. If the rubbing alcohol isn’t working, rinse the area to remove the alcohol, then try turpentine. Test the turpentine on a small, hidden spot on the fabric first to look for any damage and, if safe, blot the turpentine on the stain until it is gone.²
  7. If the stain remains, launder the garment as usual with either all-fabric bleach or, if the fabric permits, chlorine bleach.⁵

Removing Liquid Shoe Polish Stains

  • Paper towels
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A cloth
  • Turpentine
  • Bleach or all-fabric bleach
  1. Use paper towels to blot the stain repeatedly to remove as much of the liquid polish as possible.²
  2. Stir some powdered laundry detergent with water to make a paste and rub the paste onto the stain before laundering the garment as usual.⁶
  3. If you don’t have powdered detergent, use rubbing alcohol. For whites and light-colored clothes, blot the alcohol onto the stain until it is gone. For darker colors of clothes, dilute the alcohol with water (1 part rubbing alcohol in 2 parts cool water), then blot the solution onto the stain until it is gone.²
  4. If the rubbing alcohol isn’t working, rinse the area to remove the alcohol, then try turpentine. Test the turpentine on a small, hidden spot on the fabric first to look for any damage and, if safe, blot the turpentine on the stain until it is gone.²
  5. If the stain remains, launder the garment as usual with either all-fabric bleach or, if the fabric permits, chlorine bleach.⁵

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Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not try to rinse a dye stain before applying a stain remover as water can cause the dye in shoe polish to spread.⁷
  • Do not dry the garment in the dryer until you are positive that the stain is removed as heat can cause shoe polish stains to set. Keep in mind that some oily stains can appear gone while a garment is wet, so it is best to air dry the garment to be sure.²
  • Always use caution and ventilate the area when working with ammonia. For more ammonia safety information, see Wikipedia.

Sources

  1. Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic
  2. How the Queen Cleans Everything! by Linda Cobb
  3. Haley’s Cleaning Hints by Graham and Rosemary Haley
  4. Stain Removal by Stephanie Zia
  5. Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson
  6. Cleaning Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin
  7. Don Aslett’s Stainbuster’s Bible by Don Aslett

Remove Shoe Polish

COIT’s Guide to Shoe Polish Stain Removal

If you had a choice between wearing old and scuffed up shoes or new and shiny shoes, chances are you’d select the new and shiny shoes, right? Thanks to modern day shoe polish, even old shoes can look like new. In a few minutes or less, shoe polish can give your older shoes a much needed pick me up.

But what happens when you accidentally get some shoe polish on your clean carpet? With COIT’s guide to shoe polish removal, you won’t have to stress about these kind of unexpected stains. We’ll give you a few do it yourself methods to try when you need to remove shoe polish stain residue.

Before we get into the step-by-step shoe polish removal techniques, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in various types of shoe polish, as well as its history.

Ingredients in Shoe Polish

Over the past few centuries, the ingredients in shoe polish have evolved. Originally, shoe polish was made of oil, beeswax, tallow with lanolin and wax. Modern day shoe polish contains a lot of the same ingredients, with variations, and comes in three different forms: liquid, cream or paste. Most people find that the cream form of shoe polish is easiest to work with, as it’s a bit less messy than shoe polish that comes in liquid or paste form.

History of Shoe Polish

So how long has shoe polish been around? Believe it or not, shoe polish has actually been in use since the medieval times. In Europe, people used a waxy substance known as “dubbin” to keep leather soft. Its original form didn’t produce a strong shine, but did help waterproof leather as well.

When the 18th century arrived and leather with a glossy finish became more popular, shoe polishes that brought out more shine were often homemade. During this time, “shoeshine boys” appeared throughout many urban neighborhoods, offering quick and easy shoe shining services to earn money. This practice still exists in many modern day cities, though most modern day shoe shiners are a bit older than they were back then.

Shoe Polish Becomes More Popular

At the end of the 19th century, there was a huge demand for leather shoes and boots. More people could now afford to buy shoes, and the military involved in World War I needed large amounts of polished army boots – and they needed them fast.

A market for shoe polish that could shine shoes quickly and efficiently was created – and Ramsay and Hamilton McKellan were ready to meet the demand. Working out of Australia, they produced Kiwi Dark Tan shoe polish, which soon became known as the best shoe polish in the world.

Europe, Britain and New Zealand eagerly imported this shoe polish, using it to polish shoes, gun holsters, belts and saddles as well. The name “Kiwi Dark Tan” actually came from New Zealand’s state bird, the Kiwi, as Ramsay’s wife was a New Zealand native.

Remove Shoe Polish from Carpet

Now that you know a bit more about the history of shoe polish and what you’re facing with accidental stains, you can follow these do-it-yourself steps to remove shoe polish from carpet fairly easily.

• COIT’s guide to remove shoe polish from carpet

If you’re still battling stubborn shoe polish stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.