How to Remove Black Shoe Polish Stain from Carpet

Joan asked: How do I remove black shoe polish stains from carpet? I have been searching for days for help to remove this stain from our Berber, sand colored carpet. Can you help? Thanks

Shoe polish is designed to adhere to the surface and stay there. While great for your boots, it’s a disaster when it clings to the fibers of your carpet. Fortunately, nothing is permanent, and this simple solution will take care of the toughest carpet stains – even black shoe polish!

You Will Need:

  • Blunt edge (such as a butter knife or spoon)
  • Kids N Pets Stain and Odor Remover
  • Sponge
  • Water

Steps to Remove the Shoe Polish:

  1. Use a blunt edged object to remove as much of the excess polish as possible. This can be done by gently scraping the fibers from the bottom to the top with the edge of a butter knife or spoon. Wipe it off after each scrape to avoid reapplying the polish. Do not push the stain further into the fibers by excess scraping.
  2. Pour Kids N Pets stain remover directly over the stain. It works best when the area is saturated.
  3. Blot with the sponge, scrubbing only gently to avoid damaging the carpet fibers. Rinse the sponge frequently in clean water to avoid spreading the stain.
  4. Repeat as needed until the shoe polish is removed..

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Although Kids N Pets is considered safe for carpets, it’s always a good idea to test for colorfastness in a hidden area before you begin cleaning.
  • You may use the same technique with another carpet cleaning or spot removal product, in particular, one recommended by your manufacturer.
  • If the stain will not fade, consider using a bleaching product like peroxide to remove the stain, then dying the carpet to match the original color.

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