Removing Scuffs from Vinyl Floors

Scuffed Vinyl Flooring

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.


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Tip: Removing Scuffs From Linoleum Floors

As a custodian, I use a tennis ball attached to a broom handle. A little rub and the black mark is gone.

By Poppy5

Tip: Scuffs on Linoleum Floors

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

Tip: Removing Scuff Marks with WD-40

This is a quick and easy way to remove both scuff marks and tape residue from linoleum or vinyl floors. Black Scuffs on vinyl floor

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. Can of WD-40 Floor Scuffs Removing Scuff Marks Clean Vinyl Floor

By Stella from Manchester, WA

Tip: Eucalyptus Oil for Black Marks on Floor

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.

By Kathy

Tip: Getting Rid of Scuff Marks on Floors

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.

    By michelefed [4]

    Tip: Easy Removal Of Scuff Marks Or Stickers

    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

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    Here are questions related to Removing Scuffs from Vinyl Floors.

    Question: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    We have scuff marks on linoleum from crocks and flip-flops. Any ideas of how to get them up? Thanks

    Debbie from Crawfirdsville, IN


    Most Recent Answer

    By kimsukie [5]01/18/2010

    Use a regular old childs pink pencil eraser. Works every time.

    Question: Cleaning Rubber Marks off a Vinyl Floor

    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


    Most Recent Answer

    By Annie (Guest Post)01/26/2009

    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!

    Question: How Do I Remove Scuffs on Vinyl Flooring?

    How do I remove scuff marks on vinyl floor tiles?

    By Sheila from Forest Hills, NY

    Most Recent Answer

    By S Durgeloh [7]07/08/2011

    The safest and easiest way to remove them is with WD40! It takes very little and wipes up easily with paper towels. Good luck!

    Question: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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

    Most Recent Answer

    By Judy Harris [28]11/03/2010

    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

    Question: Removing Wheel Scuffs on Vinyl Flooring

    How do you remove orange/brown marks off vinyl due to black trolley wheels?

    By J.H from Tas, Australia

    Most Recent Answer

    By Christi [7]01/06/2013

    Try using WD 40

    Question: Removing Shoe Prints from Vinyl Flooring

    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 BF

    Question: Removing Scuff Marks from Floor

    How do I remove scuff marks from the floor naturally?

    By Karen G.


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    Archive: Cleaning Rubber Marks off Vinyl

    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.


    RE: Cleaning Rubber Marks off Vinyl

    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)

    By kcohenvt

    RE: Cleaning Rubber Marks off Vinyl

    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)

    By Andy

    RE: Cleaning Rubber Marks off Vinyl

    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)

    By Chris

    RE: Cleaning Rubber Marks off Vinyl

    I've had good success with antibacterial hand gel and it hasn't affected any surface I tried it on. (12/11/2004)

    By jeangnome46

    RE: Cleaning Rubber Marks off Vinyl

    The white rubber shoe idea worked!! (12/10/2005)

    By Elaine

    RE: Cleaning Rubber Marks off Vinyl

    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)

    By Kathy

    Archive: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    Tips for cleaning scuff marks from floors. Post your ideas.

    Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    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)

    By ThriftyFun

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    Use a green nonscratch kitchen pad and a little water removes black scuff marks from linoleum. TNT Wendy (01/31/2005)

    By wendiesioux

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    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)

    By beanygurl

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    I use toothpaste! Just rub a little toothpaste on the scuff leave @ 30 seconds and wipe off. (02/08/2005)

    By Leona

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    Use a tennis ball, it works great and has an easy grip! (04/15/2005)

    By Falkor Mendoza

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    Use a Mr. Clean Eraser. This product works wonders! (07/06/2005)

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    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)

    By M

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    Goo Gone and a paper towel work great. (05/19/2006)

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    How about from the inside of your car door? I have tried WD40, Magic Eraser....anything else? Tracy (10/13/2006)

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    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. (11/12/2007)

    By Dr. Zook

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

    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)

    By kim

    Archive: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    Can someone please tell me how to remove black scuff marks on the floor?


    Archive: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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.


    Archive: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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!