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Removing Scuffs from Vinyl Floors

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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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November 1, 2010

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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March 6, 2012

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!

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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

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November 28, 2011

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

By Poppy5

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By 2 found this helpful
May 6, 2013

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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November 25, 2009

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

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January 23, 20070 found this helpful

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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July 5, 20080 found this helpful

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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July 5, 20080 found this helpful

spray on some 409 then a bit of comet cleaner scrub with old toothbrush, mop clean with clear water mop. had the same issue here, works great.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 5, 20080 found this helpful

Try the magic eraser.

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July 5, 20080 found this helpful

I had these hugh black scuff marks appear on my floor,

I freaked out, ticked me off too, How in the world was I gonna get them off, I questioned everyone as to how they appeared there, .

Turned out I was to blame, My stupid shoes were doing it and I didn't realize it,

Anyways,

I don't worry about them anymore,

Amazing what plain old Vinegar and Soda can do, The might of the Twins, I'm a believer in Good ole Soda and Vinegar, (more power YA!)

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July 5, 20080 found this helpful

MAGIC ERASER IS THE BEST.

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July 6, 20081 found this helpful

Back in my AF days, we learned a regular pencil eraser will take up most scuff marks. they'll roll right up.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 8, 20080 found this helpful

I use dry paper towels and a little elbow grease. Works great!

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July 9, 20080 found this helpful

Another simple solution. Baking soda and a damp sponge removes scuff marks better than anything. Geez!

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 9, 20080 found this helpful

Try WD40

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 15, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with the Mr. Clean Magic Erasure. Works Good. I do wish there was some miracle cleaning solution that would make it even easier though. But until then...

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January 18, 20100 found this helpful

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

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September 28, 20060 found this helpful

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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September 29, 20060 found this helpful

I always use toothpaste, just rub it on wait a few seconds and wipe it off.

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September 29, 20060 found this helpful

The same way you get scuffs off nice shoes - nail polish remover.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 29, 20060 found this helpful

A friend of mine told me she had watched a maintenance man at an airport walking around with a tennis ball attached to a handle erasing scuff marks from the floor!

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September 29, 20060 found this helpful

I like Mr. Clean Erasers. They are WONDERFUL!

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September 30, 20060 found this helpful

We bought a doublewide mobile home years ago and when they put it together tar got on the bedroom carpet. When they came to replace the carpet the man asked if he could try something before removing the carpet. He sprayed with WD-40 and got all signs of the tar up. (We told them not to remove the carpet, LOL) We have used WD-40 on paint, tar, marks on the floor, all types of things since. I have MY OWN can so I don't have to share with hubby!! Good luck

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 30, 20060 found this helpful

Depending on the color of your floor, just a plain old pencil eraser, red or white, will usually do the trick.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 30, 20060 found this helpful

I always used an SOS pad and LIGHTLY went over

the mark--it came right up!

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June 5, 20070 found this helpful

After trying the rubber eraser and a white rubber shoe (neither of which worked), the nail polish remover worked like a charm!

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 2, 20080 found this helpful

The baking soda was perfect. No damage to the floor!

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By guest (Guest Post)
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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February 17, 2011

How do I remove scuff marks on vinyl floor tiles?

By Sheila from Forest Hills, NY

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October 11, 2010

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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April 4, 20150 found this helpful

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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December 20, 20120 found this helpful

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

By J.H from Tas, Australia

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September 26, 2013

How do I remove scuff marks from the floor naturally?

By Karen G.

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November 1, 20100 found this helpful

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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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

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

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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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

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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October 11, 20100 found this helpful

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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Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

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

By OliveOyl

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March 19, 20100 found this helpful

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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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

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

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

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

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

Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

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

By kimmea

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

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

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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

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

roadgypsygranny from Atmore, AL

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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

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

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

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

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

Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

Toothpaste. (08/29/2008)

By PICO

Removing Black Scuff Marks On Floor

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

By castleberrycc

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

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