How to remove shoe polish stains from wood

Shoe Polish can breathe a new life into shoes. Your old loafers can be reinstated to their former glory with just a single stroke of polish. Yet this very polish which gives your shoes a spark, when combined with wood results into a nasty stain which doesn’t come off easily.

You had to rush to work and were hurriedly polishing your shoes. Before you knew your cat knocked the thing over and now instead of your loafer, the polish was all over your floor. Definitely it isn’t something nice to look at. Who would want an annoying sooty blot to ruin the charm of beautifully laminated wood?

Yet you don’t need to panic. Because hereby we will be providing you with some simple and effective tips to bid farewell to these polish stains.

Method One (Using Dish Detergent and Hydrogen per oxide)

            Removing polish stains from wood can be a piece of cake, if only you know what to do. This following method which deploys dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide can get out any stubborn polish stain from your wood, making it as good as new.

Things that you will require:

·      Paper towels
·      Dish Detergent
·      Tooth brush
·      Hydrogen per oxide
·      Stain eraser sponge
·      Dusting Spray
·      Rag

Steps that you need to take:

1.    Take some paper towels and scrape off the excess polish from the wooden surface.

2.   Now take a tooth brush and pour some dish washing detergent on it.

3.   Scrub the stain with this toothbrush, until its starts coming off.

4.   To ensure that the polish stain is entirely cleaned away, pour some hydrogen per oxide on it. Let it sit for some time, approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.

5.   Again blot the stain with paper towels to remove all the excess liquid.

6.   Afterwards, take a stain eraser sponge and scrub the wooden surface with it. Continue scrubbing until you get rid of all polish stain traces.

7.   Lastly, apply some dusting spray and swipe with a clean rag for a finishing touch.


Rub the stain in a circular motion, instead of back and forth. In this manner, the polish stain on wood would stay confined in a small area and wouldn’t spread any further. If the stains are more stubborn, you can use the following method.

Method two (Using WD30)

            If you are battling polish stains that have set in, or are really stubborn and won’t budge; then this method can be used. It deploys WD30 for the removal of set-in polish stains from wood.

Things that you will require:

·      Rag
·      Detergent Paste
·      Tooth brush
·      Clean Water
·      WD30

Steps that you need to take:

1.    Primarily, blot the stain with a rag.

2.   Then make a detergent paste and apply it on the stain.

3.   Rub this detergent on the stain by means of a tooth brush.

4.   Afterwards, rinse the stain and blot it dry.

5.   If the stain still hasn’t got out, then take some WD30 and spray it on the stain.

6.   Let it set in the stain for some time.

7.   Afterwards, rub the stain lightly with a clean toothbrush or sponge until the stain comes off.

8.   Take a wash cloth and soak it in clean water.

9.   Blot the stain site with this wash cloth, making sure that all traces of WD30 and the stain are removed.

10.   Then, blot it dry.


            WD30 is a dangerous chemical and should be dealt with caution. Before applying it on the stain, apply it on some inconspicuous area of the wood to check if it doesn’t damage the wooden surface. Proceed only if it doesn’t.


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