Shoes. Furniture. Ladders. Toys. Just about any item with a hard rubber bottom can leave scuff marks in its wake. Messy and unattractive, they appear on most types of hard flooring over time. Although cleaning them up can seem intimidating at first (you can’t wipe them away as easily as many floor messes), learning how to remove scuff marks is simple with a few everyday, household tools. We have a variety of options for you, so if you want to know how to remove scuff marks, just pick your favorite method below and get started!
How to Remove Scuff Marks
- Erase it. A small scuff mark can be erased with a plain old pencil eraser. Just rub with that little pink nub until the mark has disappeared. There will probably be some pink eraser shavings afterward, which you should sweep up and throw away. If you have white or light-colored floors, try to find a clear or white eraser because pink erasers can leave a bit of residue. There are also specialized, chemically-treated products available that can erase scuff marks, like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
- Challenge it to a tennis match. Tennis balls have a great texture for removing scuff marks. For small smudges, just rub with a tennis ball. For larger areas, you can attach the tennis ball to a broom stick (cut a small X in the tennis ball and insert the broom stick). That way, you can remove scuff marks from a standing position (which is generally more comfortable) and add more pressure. The tennis balls will be dirty afterward, of course, so you probably won’t want to use the tennis balls with which you like to play.
- Cover it in baking soda. Sprinkle on some baking soda and then pour warm water or vinegar on top to make a paste. Wait a few minutes to let it sink in and then scrub off with a cloth or paper towel. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth afterward to get rid of the powder.
- Brush its teeth. Apply some toothpaste to the scuff mark and rub firmly in a circular motion. Use a wet cloth afterward to pick up the toothpaste and wipe dry with another cloth.
- Make it slip up. Place a little of the lubricant WD40 on a dry paper towel and rub off the scuff mark. Afterward, please remember to wash your floors. Even with just a little water/vinegar mixture. WD40 is very slick and could cause someone to slip.
It’s always a good idea to test your chosen cleaning method in a small, inconspicuous area before you decide to tackle the middle of the living room or kitchen. While most of these methods are gentle, you don’t want to risk creating an even more unsightly blemish on your floor because you threw caution to the wind. Also, beware of harsh brushes or scouring pads. If the scrubbing tool is rough and wiry, it could easily scratch your floors (even scratch-resistant floors like laminate).
Learning how to remove scuff marks is easy and with a few inexpensive, household tools and a little elbow grease, your floor will be clean and scuff-free in no time. First Choice Carpet Cleaning