Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

Tips for cleaning scuff marks from floors. Post your ideas.


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

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 Wendy

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

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

Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

Use a tennis ball, it works great and has an easy grip! (04/15/2005)

By Falkor Mendoza

Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

Use a Mr. Clean Eraser. This product works wonders! (07/06/2005)

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

Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

Goo Gone and a paper towel work great. (05/19/2006)

Removing Black Scuff Marks From Linoleum

How about from the inside of your car door? I have tried WD40, Magic Eraser....anything else?


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.


By David Sukkau

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

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