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How to Remove Shoe Polish From Carpet


Shoe polish can be removed with 70% isopropyl alcohol and a cloth. Isopropyl alcohol is a degreaser, and shoe polish is mainly made up of petroleum products, so the isopropyl alcohol will dissolve and suspend the shoe polish components allowing them to be easily wiped out of the carpet with a cloth. Isopropyl alcohol works really well for removing shoe polish stains from carpets because it has excellent degreasing properties. It is also a great cleaning product because it will completely evaporate and leave zero residue behind in your carpet. 

If you have access to a wet/dry vacuum, you can use the wet dry vacuum to extract the shoe polish from the carpet after wetting the stain with isopropyl alcohol. Using a wet dry vacuum works slightly better than using a cloth. A wet/dry vacuum, however, is not required when removing shoe polish from carpet.

You will need: 70% isopropyl alcohol, and a white cloth.

STEP 1 of 1 - Remove Shoe Polish With Isopropyl Alcohol

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You will need a bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol, and a cheap white cloth. 

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Continue to gently wipe the stain with the cloth. The shoe polish will transfer from the carpet to the cloth. 

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Add more isopropyl alcohol to the affected area as needed. Repeat step 2 to 5 until the shoe polish has been completely removed. ​

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Dampen the affected area with 70% isopropyl alcohol. 

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Using a white cloth, wipe the stained area from the edge of the stain to the center. Be careful not to spread the stain. 

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The shoe polish will stop transferring to the cloth when most of the isopropyl alcohol is absorbed by the cloth. 

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The cloth can be cleaned with dish soap and water. 

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The isopropyl alcohol that remains in the carpet will quickly evaporate leaving behind zero residue in the carpet. 

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