Removing Rubber Sole Shoe Marks from Hardwood Floors?

September 7, 2008

I have marks on my wood floor caused by rubber sole shoes. How do I remove them? I've tried wood cleaner but it doesn't work. We did the floors from laying them, staining and then putting a hi-gloss finish on them. I'm hesitant to use the tennis shoe trick since this is what actually caused the scuff marks. These are real wood floor stained with gloss finish. Any suggestions? How do I remove the marks?


Debbie from Marianna, FL


By pikka (Guest Post)
September 7, 20080 found this helpful
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I am not sure this will work, but do believe it will do no harm. Go to local craft store if you don't have one and get a gray kneadable eraser. Tear off a piece, work it until it's warm and stretchy, and press down on marks and lift,

Or, use scotch tape and try the press and lift approach. I worked in an interior designers workshop once and we used the tape way for lifting black, greasy spots that inadvertently got on fabric. You'd be amazed.

You might try wiping with a cloth dipped and wrung out in white vinegar. If your floors are urethaned, it's plastic, and these things should't hurt. If there is a residue after the first two methods, wipe with vinegar cloth if floor was urethaned (polyurethaned).

Of course if regular varnish was used or shellac, do not use
anything alcohol or water based. Maybe one of those spongy
wall cleaner eraser things.

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September 7, 20080 found this helpful
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Try rubbing it with a tennis ball! At church, we have one that they cut an X in, and keep on the handle end of the broom for just that use. It won't scratch your floor, either!

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September 8, 20080 found this helpful
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We have linolium on our floors at work and when there is scuff marks from the girls black soled shoes, I use a dry paper towel and it comes right off. You could try this first before buying any products.

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September 8, 20080 found this helpful
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Try using white toothpaste (not the clear stuff). Put it on the scuff and wipe it off. For stubborn stains leave it on a little longer.

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September 17, 20080 found this helpful
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I've always found that a tiny spray of WD-40 on a cleaning rag (or paper towel) applied to the mark for a few secronds & then gently rubbing it away does the job. I've never hurt a floor in 30+ years of domestic residential services using this technique.

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I have several rubber slide marks from my grandson's sneakers on my hardwood floors. I have tried several fixes (eraser, Magic Eraser, etc), but nothing seems to work.

Does anyone know how to get rid of these marks?


April 1, 20200 found this helpful

I did some research on what to use for rubber scuff marks caused by shoes and one idea was to try a tennis ball or a pink eraser children use in elementary school. Good luck!

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April 2, 20200 found this helpful

Bono floor cleaner, this cleaner especially for hardwoods, and all other types of flooring.This will remove scuff and show marks, while protecting your floors!

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April 5, 20200 found this helpful

Apparently you have done your research and tried most of the suggestions offered online but the the one suggestions that surprised me was WD40. Not sure if you've tried that and also using a rubber soled shoe over the mark.

I have always used a damp Magic Eraser and never had a problem with removal but maybe your floors have a different topping than mine.
Anyway there are several suggestions on this site so maybe there is one you have not tried.

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April 19, 20200 found this helpful

My go to is mix baking soda and vinegar I equal proportions in a cup. Dip a white rag in the mix and gently rub out the spots. Do not let it sit and dry thoroughly between each attempt. It may take a few tries, but it works.

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August 15, 2013

After a couple friends came over, in the areas where shoes were worn, there were black scuff marks and slight indentations on the hardwood floor. Please help ASAP.

By Josh

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