Vinyl flooring is a nice inexpensive, easy to install flooring option. However, it can get scuffed and scratched easily. This is a guide about removing scuffs from vinyl floors.
We have scuff marks on linoleum from crocks and flip-flops. Any ideas of how to get them up? Thanks
Debbie from Crawfirdsville, IN
January 18, 2010
Use a regular old childs pink pencil eraser. Works every time.
How can I remove black rubber shoe scuff marks from my kitchen vinyl floor? It's brand new linoleum and I don't want to ruin the finish. Thanks!
Sher from Indiana
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January 26, 20091 found this helpful
Nail polish remover worked like a charm. We tried baking soda and hand sanitizer as mentioned above but the acetone-based remover we tried worked immediately. Thanks!
By Sheila 4
How do I remove scuff marks on vinyl floor tiles?
By Sheila from Forest Hills, NY
July 8, 2011
The safest and easiest way to remove them is with WD40! It takes very little and wipes up easily with paper towels. Good luck!
As a custodian, I use a tennis ball attached to a broom handle. A little rub and the black mark is gone.
Clean rubber heel marks from kitchen linoleum with a moist cloth dabbed in floor wax. The marks come up and don't leave a dull spot.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
By Glaad 1
I need help for removal of rubber skid marks left on a standard linoleum floor from when I was moving a TV.
By Glaad from Beaverton, OR
November 3, 2010
I came by this method of getting those nasty scuff marks off my kitchen floor purely by chance.Boy, does it work,and with hardly any elbow grease! I sprayed "Goo Gone"on the scuff marks and let it set just a few minutes,then rubbed it off with an old rag. That's it! It does leave the area a little slippery,so I spray it with my kitchen cleaner to keep any one from slipping. Judy
By michelefed 4
To get rid of a scuff mark on a floor, just re-scuff the same mark with your shoe. I don't know why it works, but it does. Weird, but true.
This is a quick and easy way to remove both scuff marks and tape residue from linoleum or vinyl floors.
We had these terrible scuff marks on our vinyl flooring and no mater how many times we moped and scrubbed the area, nothing ever made the scuff marks go away. A friend of ours shared this tip with us and it worked like magic!
Simply spray the area with some WD-40, let sit a minute or two, then rub out with a rag.
By Stella from Manchester, WA
To get black marks off floor, put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a clean cloth and the marks should wipe off with no problems.
How do you remove orange/brown marks off vinyl due to black trolley wheels?
By J.H from Tas, Australia
You know those black heel marks on the tile or linoleum? Or those stickers that won't come off with soap and water? Just spray a little WD-40 or some other kind of oil on them and they will wipe right off.
By Retha from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
After installing vinyl plank flooring, there are shiny shoe sole prints that show in the reflection of the new floor. I mopped with warm water and vinegar and it did not make any difference. The instructions repeatedly caution not to use any but the mildest cleaning solutions. Help!
By Karen G. 1
How do I remove scuff marks from the floor naturally?
By Karen G.
I have a black rubber mark left on my vinyl floor from the fridge that I would like to remove. Any help would be welcome.
Rub the marks with a baking soda paste on a soft cloth. They should come right up. I use this all the time on my new floor. The baking soda is very mild and will not scratch. (03/24/2001)
I have used a small amount of lighter fluid on a damp rag to remove tar and heel marks from my vinyl floors. The lighter fluid will not harm your flooring. (03/26/2001)
This from a professional Cleaner: take any white rubber shoe and rub it on the mark it will rub it off as easily as the rubber mark was put there. (04/20/2004)
I've had good success with antibacterial hand gel and it hasn't affected any surface I tried it on. (12/11/2004)
The white rubber shoe idea worked!! (12/10/2005)
What we use at the Library is one of those rubber door stops. The kind that is shaped like a wedge and props a door open. Just rub it over the black mark. It should take it right off. (05/08/2006)
Tips for cleaning scuff marks from floors. Post your ideas.
If you have black scuff marks on your wood or linoleum floors an eraser many times will take them off with little effort.
By Robin (01/31/2005)
Use a green nonscratch kitchen pad and a little water removes black scuff marks from linoleum. TNT
I rub it with my shoe... my shoes don't leave scuffmarks. I watched a janitor doing this at the mall... walking along and rubbing scuffs with his shoe to remove them. Works like a charm! (01/31/2005)
I use toothpaste! Just rub a little toothpaste
on the scuff leave @ 30 seconds and wipe off. (02/08/2005)
Use a tennis ball, it works great and has an easy grip! (04/15/2005)
By Falkor Mendoza
Use a Mr. Clean Eraser. This product works wonders! (07/06/2005)
I learned a neat trick from an older lady that cleaned her church for years. She used dry steel wool balls to remove black scuff marks. Doesn't take much pressure or time. (05/09/2006)
Goo Gone and a paper towel work great. (05/19/2006)
How about from the inside of your car door? I have tried WD40, Magic Eraser....anything else?
This post may be of interest to janitors.
I have been removing scuff marks from a 54 x 83 foot church gym for almost 7 and a half years. With floor hockey and banquets happening , the hockey sticks and chair and table legs can leave very difficult black marks to remove.
Not to mention the players who forget to bring non-marking shoes to the gym. The floor is a hard tile. The newer tiles do not have asbestos in them.
For awhile, I would use the commercial 'scrub stick' with disposable pads. It did not take off the inground marks that worked their way into the floor finish. I tried using a dab of cream cleanser at the end of the scrub pad but that was messy and required a wash later. Too time consuming. I tried Goo Gone and a rag and that worked also but it would remove part of the floor finish also. So in the long run, I had to re- finish the floor more often.Finally after many frustrating years, I bought a small window scraper which uses disposable razor blades. It is a solid tool made by Richards company. Holding the scraper at a 25 to 35 degree angle I could clean most of the marks left by shoes without removing any floor finish . Just push the blade in a forward motion. At first the blade will be a little too sharp and it will dig into the floor, but be patient and you will get the hang of it. You have to find the exact angle and most of the marks will clean right up with little effort.
Now, for the marks that are embedded into the floor finish: if they do not come off at first, hold the scraper at a 90 degree angle , press down with medium pressure and pull the scraper towards you at the same angle. Repeat until the mark is gone. Some wax will obviously come off also. I usually clean up the easy marks first until the blade gets a little dull before I tackle the difficult marks because the blades will dull very quickly when you hold them at steep angles and pull them across towards yourself. Once the blades are dull they do not take off the easy marks but they still have a lot of life left in them to do the 90 degree method for the more difficult marks. Yes, some of the wax or floor finish will come off with this method but you are not breathing in toxic fumes or leaving a mess. Just dry mop later.I use about 3 to 5 blades per clean up on a large gym and it will take about 1 to 2 hours to clean up hundreds of marks. I got tired of going up and down like a yo-yo so I drilled two holes into the scraper and fastened it to an old broom handle with two wood screws. It feels a little awkward at first but once you get the right pressure and the right angles your job will be a lot easier. At first the new blade will dig in but hold the stick lower at a smaller angle.
By Dr. Zook
I love soft scrub. It cleans everything b/c it is a little bit gritty. You can even use soft scrub to clean white shoes. It works great. (04/02/2008)
Can someone please tell me how to remove black scuff marks on the floor?
roadgypsygranny from Atmore, AL
You can erase them with your own footwear. Just use the soles of your runners while wearing them. Gently "buff" the scuff marks and they will disappear. I do this at work and believe it or not, my boss thinks, I work hard at removing the scuff marks. (08/27/2008)
Take a tennis ball and rub them off with it. At the schools they use one on the end of a stick and rub the marks off. I'm assuming the marks were made by rubber or black plastic from tennis shoes, chair wheels, etc. (08/28/2008)
I've used a Dobie pad sponge with nylon mesh on the outside. I think it was 409 I sprayed first and then scrubbed. (08/28/2008)
I've found that the cleanser called Bar Keepers Friend (it's like Comet or one of those, it does the same job, but won't damage things like cleanser will) will take the black marks off of floors without damaging the finish. I've used it on linoleum and wood flooring, and in just a couple of wipes, black spots are gone. (It can also be used on fiberglass, stainless steel sinks, etc.) (08/28/2008)
Take a slice of plain white bread and let it sit out for several hours. Rub this on the scuff marks. They should come right off. (08/28/2008)
I use a art gum eraser. Works every time. (08/30/2008)
Goof-off will work (hardware stores) or charcoal lighter fluid with just a swipe. Won't hurt the finish on a tile or vinyl floor. Don't think I'd try it on wood though. (09/04/2008)
I've tried everything to get commercial flooring clean of scuff marks from heavy postal carts being rolled across the floors in the post office where I work. Nothing works. How do I get them up? Help, please.
By Paula from Lyles, TN
Try the Mr. Clean Magic erasers. There are generic versions of this available as well. I hope this works for you. (11/19/2009)
Try some Spick and Span with a non scratching soap pad. Non scratching pads are available at any super market. 3M is one brand that makes those kind of pads. (11/20/2009)
I agree with Oliveoyl. Those Mr Clean magic erasers d work wonder on scuff marks on the floor. (11/20/2009)
At the local big box stores, they use a tennis ball on a stick to rub off scuff marks. (11/20/2009)
You also might try Simple Green, it works on all grease spots for me. It is my go to answer. If you use it you need to use a light solution such as dish soap afterward as Simple Green is an oil base and will leave an oil residue. Hence don't use it on carpet or fabric unless you can wash it out afterward.. (11/21/2009)
Have you tried a regular pencil eraser? (11/21/2009)
Mr Clean Magic eraser is the first thing that I would try. Works on almost everything and with not a lot of effort. (11/24/2009)
Try lighter fluid or Goo Gone, I use either one of these to get black scuff marks off my tile floors in my house. Just pour a little on a rag and rub, presto mark is going. (11/26/2009)
To clean scuff marks off any floor surface, I use a green Teflon pad soaked in multi-surface cleaner. Instead of scrubbing on my hands and knees, I use my foot. This works great on tile, vinyl and laminate. Fast and easy!
You can use a cross-slit tennis ball on a pole with a dry rag wrapped and secured around the ball (rubber band) for wood floors. Using a tennis ball on a pole works even better with a green Teflon pad underneath the ball (I clean a gymnasium this way).
Many scuff marks come off by just rubbing them with the bottom of the shoe you're wearing (rubber sole).
By Dlginlove from Saint Peters, MO
The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great on this type of stain. (03/19/2010)
Use Brillo pads to get rid of scuff marks on linoleum floor. Always works for me. Make sure you are gentle with it. You don't want to scratch your floor. Then clean up the area with soap and water with a paper towel. Do immediately, I wouldn't know if the Blue from the Brillo stains or not. It never has with me.
By Sandra Moore from Wesley Chapel, FL
Another way I discovered was by watching the cleaning guy at our local Staples store. He simply cut a slit into an old tennis ball, and stuck the tennis ball on the end of a broom handle. He then used the tennis ball to rub away the black scuff stains on their floors. It worked really well, just like an eraser. (02/01/2006)
I used the Mr Clean magic eraser, (think that is what it is called), hardly any elbow grease needed (02/02/2006)
My favorite next to the magic eraser, is actually just a pencil eraser - or, believe it or not, the white sole of a tennis shoe! (02/02/2006)
Tennis balls do wonders on scuff marks on floors. A warehouse I had worked at the cleaning crew had a tennis ball on a stick and walked thru the office halls removing scuff marks. (03/13/2006)
I use a green teflon pad soaked in multi-surface cleaner. Instead of scrubbing on my hands and knees, I use my foot. This works great on laminate, too. Fast and easy!
Sunhat suggestion of using a tennis ball on a pole works even better with a green teflon pad underneath the ball.
You can use the tennis ball on a pole with a dry rag wrapped and secured around the ball (rubber band) for wood floors.
Many scuff marks come off by just rubbing them with the bottom of the shoe your wearing (rubber sole). I clean floors for a living and do this every day. (03/05/2010)