There are several brands of patent leather polishers and cleaners available in brick-and-mortar shoe stores and from online retailers; alternatively, a person can use mineral oil. Petroleum jelly is also a do-it-yourself substance that people can clean patent leather.
Mineral oil is available at drug stores, grocery stores and even some big box retailers.
- Preparation. Pour a small amount of mineral oil on a clean, cheesecloth. If you don't have mineral oil, you can also use white vinegar or a dab of petroleum jelly.
- Apply the substance. Holding the item to be cleaned, take the cloth and rub down all the leather portions of the item, being careful not to miss any areas.
- Apply extra rubbing. Apply additional rubbing to areas that may have stubborn stains. White vinegar is particularly useful to eliminate these marks.