Removing Scuffs from Vinyl Floors

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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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

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By kimsukie 5 35 Flag

January 18, 2010

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

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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

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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!

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Question: How Do I Remove Scuffs on Vinyl Flooring?

By Sheila 4

How do I remove scuff marks on vinyl floor tiles?

By Sheila from Forest Hills, NY

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By S Durgeloh 7 25 Flag

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!

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Tip: Removing Scuffs From Linoleum Floors

By Tommy 5 3

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

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Tip: Scuffs on Linoleum Floors

By Monica 296 58

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

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Question: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

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

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By Judy Harris 28 107 Flag

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

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Tip: Getting Rid of Scuff Marks on Floors

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.

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    Tip: Removing Scuff Marks with WD-40

    By StellaBell 179 148

    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

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    Tip: Eucalyptus Oil for Black Marks on Floor

    By Kathy 1 2

    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.

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    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

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    By Christi 7 31 Flag

    January 6, 2013

    Try using WD 40

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    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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    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

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    Question: Removing Scuff Marks from Floor

    By Karen G. 1

    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.

    Kaye

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    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.

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    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?

    roadgypsygranny from Atmore, AL

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    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By Jo-ann

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By n/a

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By Glenn'sMom

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By Tammy

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By Colleen

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    Toothpaste. (08/29/2008)

    By PICO

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    I use a art gum eraser. Works every time. (08/30/2008)

    By castleberrycc

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By Lynn

    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. Nothing works. How do I get them up? Help, please.

    By Paula from Lyles, TN

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    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    Try the Mr. Clean Magic erasers. There are generic versions of this available as well. I hope this works for you. (11/19/2009)

    By OliveOyl

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By foxrun41

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    I agree with Oliveoyl. Those Mr Clean magic erasers d work wonder on scuff marks on the floor. (11/20/2009)

    By deebomb

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    At the local big box stores, they use a tennis ball on a stick to rub off scuff marks. (11/20/2009)

    By julievojo

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By latrtatr

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    Have you tried a regular pencil eraser? (11/21/2009)

    By kimmea

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By boxergirl76

    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    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)

    By CTaylor

    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!

    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

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    RE: Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

    The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great on this type of stain. (03/19/2010)

    By OliveOyl

    Archive: Scuffs on Linoleum Floors

    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

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    RE: Scuffs on Linoleum Floors

    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)

    By sunhat

    RE: Scuffs on Linoleum Floors

    I used the Mr Clean magic eraser, (think that is what it is called), hardly any elbow grease needed (02/02/2006)

    By jmz2005

    RE: Scuffs on Linoleum Floors

    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)

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    RE: Scuffs on Linoleum Floors

    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)

    By Darlene

    RE: Scuffs on Linoleum Floors

    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)

    By dlginlove

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