How To: Clean Patent Leather With Milk

How To: Clean Patent Leather With Milk

Jen DeRose
Sep 18, 2008

One of the things we've come to love about living in a small apartment and its lack of closet space is the seasonal rotation of our clothes. When the leaves start to change, we bid adieu to our summer dresses and sandals and unpack what seems like a whole new wardrobe.

We were about to store away a pair of shiny white flats, when we noticed some scuff marks that needed some serious TLC.

We didn't want to store them in that condition. We vaguely remembered a tip we'd read somewhere but hadn't yet tried: Milk cleans up patent leather.

We gave it a go, and love the results. (Almost as much as we love making room for our pair of vintage riding boots.)

It's super easy. Here's how we did it:

  1. Pour a little milk onto a rag.
  2. Rub stain.
  3. Wipe clean.

Here's before:

Here's after:

My only question is: we happened to have used white shoes, does it work as well on any color?

milk photo: stock.xchng/wax115

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