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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
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.
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.
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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.
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
After trying the rubber eraser and a white rubber shoe (neither of which worked), the nail polish remover worked like a charm!
The baking soda was perfect. No damage to the 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
Wipe down with Goof-Off. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works well also.
The marks come off easily when you rub them with a tennis ball.
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!
Have the same problem with allure flooring from Home Depot . Can't find a solution floor is 4 months old. I will check the warrenty !
How do you remove orange/brown marks off vinyl due to black trolley wheels?
By J.H from Tas, Australia
Try using WD 40
How do I remove scuff marks from the floor naturally?
By Karen G.
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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?
roadgypsygranny from Atmore, AL
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
I use a art gum eraser. Works every time. (08/30/2008)
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)