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
Use a regular old childs pink pencil eraser. Works every time.
I just used this method to remove black marks from a white vinyl purse. It worked great.
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.
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
How do I remove scuff marks on vinyl floor tiles?
By Sheila from Forest Hills, NY
And if none of those work, use either Goof Off or like our Grandmothers did, a dab of lighter fluid on a rag. Charcoal lighter fluid works fine.
The safest and easiest way to remove them is with WD40! It takes very little and wipes up easily with paper towels. Good luck!
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
The baking soda was perfect. No damage to the floor!
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!
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
The marks come off easily when you rub them with a tennis ball.
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
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
As a custodian, I use a tennis ball attached to a broom handle. A little rub and the black mark is gone.
How do you remove orange/brown marks off vinyl due to black trolley wheels?
By J.H from Tas, Australia
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
Can someone please tell me how to remove black scuff marks on the floor?