Certain shoes can leave black marks on your floors. This guide is about removing scuff marks from hardwood floors.
I have marks on my wood floor caused by rubber sole shoes. How do I remove them? I've tried wood cleaner but it doesn't work. We did the floors from laying them, staining and then putting a hi-gloss finish on them. I'm hesitant to use the tennis shoe trick since this is what actually caused the scuff marks. These are real wood floor stained with gloss finish. Any suggestions? How do I remove the marks?
Debbie from Marianna, FL
I am not sure this will work, but do believe it will do no harm. Go to local craft store if you don't have one and get a gray kneadable eraser. Tear off a piece, work it until it's warm and stretchy, and press down on marks and lift,
Or, use scotch tape and try the press and lift approach. I worked in an interior designers workshop once and we used the tape way for lifting black, greasy spots that inadvertently got on fabric. You'd be amazed.
You might try wiping with a cloth dipped and wrung out in white vinegar. If your floors are urethaned, it's plastic, and these things should't hurt. If there is a residue after the first two methods, wipe with vinegar cloth if floor was urethaned (polyurethaned).
Of course if regular varnish was used or shellac, do not use
anything alcohol or water based. Maybe one of those spongy
wall cleaner eraser things.
Try rubbing it with a tennis ball! At church, we have one that they cut an X in, and keep on the handle end of the broom for just that use. It won't scratch your floor, either!
We have linolium on our floors at work and when there is scuff marks from the girls black soled shoes, I use a dry paper towel and it comes right off. You could try this first before buying any products.
Try using white toothpaste (not the clear stuff). Put it on the scuff and wipe it off. For stubborn stains leave it on a little longer.
Time to complete: 10 minutes
To use: Rub the tennis ball over the black scuff marks and watch them disappear.
After I made this my grandson was playing with it and we found out that it also works great for cobwebs in corners of rooms. They stick right to the tennis ball and come right down.
Hope this saves on your back and your knees.
I just retired as a high school janitor recently. I've been using this trick for about 1 1/2 years. WORKS WELL! and its cheaper than commercial items that are at best iffy!
Super Idea.....cant wait to try it!!! Simply Brilliant!!
I had often seen our school janitor with something like this but never knew why until I saw him using it one day. It made so much sense after the fact!
Tried the tennis ball Did not work.
I have wood floors and I have those felt pads on the legs of my chairs in the dining room, yet I have scuff marks on the floor from where the chair gets moved. They are not scratches in the wood, just scuffs. What do I do to get rid of them? I have tried everything and they are still there. Thanks.
By LitaMae from Lawrenceburg, TN
Have you tried a 'magic eraser' type product? That helps on my vinyl floors.
Best of luck to you!
Try cutting a hole in a tennis ball large enough to insert a broom handle. Rub the tennis ball on the marks. This is how it is done at the high school gym in our area. They do this to remove scuff marks left by shoes.
Check and see if something is caught in the felt that may be scuffing your floor. You may need to replace the felt chair leg protectors.
I have black scuff marks on the hardwood floor. They look like scratches. How do I remove them from a hardwood floor? Please advise. Thank you.
If they were made with shoes which have rubber soles, you can easily rub them away with just your fingers. If they are scuffs of the other kind you have a couple options.
Rub a walnut on the floor to see if that will remove them. If this doesn't then go to your local hardware store. They make pens specifically designed to cover up or fill in spots on any wooden surface.
Another idea which I've done before, is if the scuffs have indented the wood, find some crayons in colors which match your floor, melt them onto the spot using a candle. The wax will level itself, if it doesn't you can level it once it cools slightly.
Can someone tell me how to remove scuff marks from my wood floor that was installed in 2010. I'm not talking about "black" scuff marks, just scuffs that show on the floor.
I clean it regularly w/Pledge wood floor cleaner I buy at Home Depot. It does a great job of cleaning and shining, but the scuffs remain. I suppose they come from tennis shoes, grandkids playing, etc. If the sun is shining, I want to keep the blinds closed, because they show up especially bad then. Please give me advice how to get rid of all the scuffs. It's driving me nuts! Thanks in advance.
By Kathleen from IN
Being in the cleaning business for 27 yrs., I have cleaned many hardwood floors. From what I have learned is to never use anything with a 'polish' (such as Pledge Hardwood Floor Cleaner), as this leaves a very thin coat of 'polish' on your wood floors. Chances are the scuff marks you refer to, is simply the thin layer of polish being 'scuffed' off. Only use a streak free/no residue cleaner, such as BONA (for hardwood floors that you can get almost anywhere), which cleans your floors instead of 'polishing' them. If you want a 'shinier' wood floor, then you will need to apply a coat of polyurethane. So many people make this mistake, so you are not alone. I hope this helps.
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