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urgent - cleaning shoe polish off your hands

post #1 of 24
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anybody know how to get shoe polish off your hands completly?
post #2 of 24
Acetone helps, but I've never been able to completly remove it right away.

When people ask why my index finger is black, I tell them I just voted in Iraq.
post #3 of 24
either a solvent-based cleaner or the gritty soap you find in auto repair shops works for me.
post #4 of 24
I agree with Dan - some sort of degreaser or solvent, coupled with that citrus-y liquid pumice soap.
post #5 of 24
Try Orange cleaners found at hardware stores and some supermarkets. It takes car oil and grease clean off with little effort. I imagine it works well for shoe polish too.
post #6 of 24
I couldn't to get Meltonian off my hands for two days. One of the reason I switched to all Saphir cream and polish.

Not much help, I know.
post #7 of 24
I've been there -- didn't try the above, and couldn't get it off.

I did buy some gloves for the next polish go round.
post #8 of 24
Rub in some cold cream or vasaline on your hands etc. before you polish, It creates a barrier for the polish.
post #9 of 24
Use gloves when polishing. You can buy a 100 pack of gloves for less than $15.
post #10 of 24
I usually apply conditioner - using my fingers - before polishing. the "oil" in the conditioner seems to slightly protect the skin from absorbing the polish. I've not had a problem in simply washing it off, if I've used the conditioner first. Otherwise it does take a bit of rubbing with the liquid soap.
post #11 of 24
I have found that regular ole Clorox Bleach removes polish from my hands quickly and easily. Also, Allen Edmonds shoe cleaner/conditioner also worked to remove polish from my hands, although not as quickly. Acetone barely works--not worth the effort and citrus cleaners are marginally effective. Hope this helps.
post #12 of 24
I've had good luck with hot water and Lava soap.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Michael39 View Post
I have found that regular ole Clorox Bleach removes polish from my hands quickly and easily. Also, Allen Edmonds shoe cleaner/conditioner also worked to remove polish from my hands, although not as quickly. Acetone barely works--not worth the effort and citrus cleaners are marginally effective. Hope this helps.

I am no dermatologist, but something tells me bleach + hands = bad idea...

The leather conditioner idea seems like a better option, somehow.

BTW, welcome to Styleforum... nice to see a first post that is not "job suit" or "black suit?"
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post
I've had good luck with hot water and Lava soap.

+1
post #15 of 24
this question comes up alot.


spray a little 409 between the fingers and rub , then wash off with hot water. repeat if necessary
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