How to Get Scuff Marks Off a Purse

A leather purse can easily get scuff marks.

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Whether patent leather or just plain old leather, you love the shiny look of your purse. But when it rubs against the floor, the wall or another slightly dirty surface, you can create scuffs that ruin your purse or at least make you turn it the other way so people won’t see. Having scuffs on your purse doesn’t have to be a permanent thing. They can be removed with some remedies you probably have in your desk drawer or kitchen sink.

Soap and Water

Soap and water can remove all manner of sins -- including the scuff marks on your purse. If the marks aren’t too deep, soap and water can be your go-to way to remove the scuff marks. You can dip a soft washcloth into the soapy water to gently buff the scuff marks out -- don’t rub too vigorously or you could hurt the leather for good.

Gum Eraser

Sometimes you don’t have to put any water or soap on your purse at all. A gum eraser -- just like the pink ones you used to use in elementary school -- can help to erase your scuff marks just like they erased incorrect test questions. Use it on your marks, gently rubbing them against the purse to make the scuff marks go away.

Bath Oil

Bath oil can be a skin-softening delight that adds fragrance to your bath, but it also has applications you can use to get the scuff marks off your purse. The key is to use just a dab. You only need a small amount to make it work. Apply the bath oil with a soft cloth. Once you’ve loosened up the dirt embedded in the scuff mark, you can then wipe it down with a dry towel. If you don’t wipe off the oil, you’ll get grease on your clothes or hands after the fact, and that’s not pretty, either.

Tough Marks

Sometimes scuffs won’t come off with even the best attempts at buffing them out. When you have marks that are really difficult, you can use rubbing alcohol or non-acetone nail polish remover to most effectively remove the marks. You can dip a cotton swab in the rubbing alcohol and gently apply it to the scuffed areas. You don’t have to rub the area too hard. Instead, you can use an absorbent cloth to soak up the remainder of the rubbing alcohol and remove the scuff marks.

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