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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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
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.
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.
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.
We have scuff marks on linoleum from crocks and flip-flops. Any ideas of how to get them up? Thanks
Debbie from Crawfirdsville, IN
By kimsukie 01/18/2010
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
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!
How do I remove scuff marks on vinyl floor tiles?
By Sheila from Forest Hills, NY
By S Durgeloh 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!
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
By Judy Harris 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
How do you remove orange/brown marks off vinyl due to black trolley wheels?
By J.H from Tas, Australia
By Christi 01/06/2013
Try using WD 40
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!
How do I remove scuff marks from the floor naturally?
By Karen G.
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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.
Tips for cleaning scuff marks from floors. Post your ideas.
By Falkor Mendoza
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
Can someone please tell me how to remove black scuff marks on the 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.