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How To Remove Scuff Marks From Vinyl Floors?

Vinyl floors are aesthetically beautiful, easy to install, more durable than tiles, economically priced, and come in endless designs. These are some of the major reasons vinyl floors are becoming priority floorings for most households these days. 

Cleaning vinyl floors can be as simple as running a vacuum cleaner or as difficult as getting rid of stubborn scuff marks. These scuff marks make your vinyl floors unsightly and unappealing.

Why Do Vinyl Floors Get Scuff Marks?

Although vinyl flooring is durable, it can easily get scuff marks. These scuff marks can be caused by any heavy object that has a rubber base like furniture or heavy appliances or shoes with rubber soles.

These scuff marks are difficult to get rid of just by mopping. But, you can remove them easily using some DIY tricks and hacks involving mostly household items. 

Installing rubber pads or felt pads under your furniture or appliances does leave scuff marks on your vinyl floors. But it is better to have scuff marks that can be removed rather than having brutal scratch marks from wooden or metal bases of furniture or appliances that will cause irreparable damage to the vinyl flooring.

How To Remove Scuff Marks From Vinyl Floors?

According to Expert Market Research, the consumption of vinyl floors reached 325. 2 million square meters in 2020 in North America. This number is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% to reach an estimated volume of around 474.5 million square meters by 2026. 

Vinyl flooring is made up of multiple layers of synthetic materials. The top layer bears the color and design. So, while removing scuff marks from your vinyl floors, you should be careful as vigorous rubbing or using harsh chemicals might damage the top layer of your vinyl floors, ultimately voiding all the finishing. 

Black scuff marks are simply rubber or wax deposits on the floor. Usually, these can be removed by producing some friction. This friction can be produced using different household items. If you have got tougher scuff marks all over your vinyl floor, you have to opt for more vigorous cleaning methods. 

Removing scuff marks is as easy as getting them. Use the following methods to remove scuff marks from vinyl floors. If one method doesn’t work, try another one. If scuff marks are stubborn you may have to use multiple methods.

Pencil Eraser

A simple lead pencil eraser, usually found on the back of a pencil or you can buy a separate one, should do the trick. Get a clean white eraser and rub it along the scuff mark. This will create enough fiction that will loosen up the wax deposit just like erasing lead from a paper. Once the wax is separated from the floor, remove all the residue and clean the floor. 

Don’t rub back and forth across the mark as it might spread it instead of removing it. Only use a white eraser because colored erasers can leave streaks on your floor.

A pencil eraser is helpful on small scuff marks. If you have multiple big-sized scuff marks, use the following method.

Magic Eraser

If there are multiple scuff marks on your vinyl floor, you will need a magic eraser instead of a small pencil eraser. 

A magic eraser is a soft melamine sponge and can safely be used on vinyl floors. It crumbles when rubbed just like a pencil eraser taking out all the wax and rubber deposit from the vinyl floors. 

Follow these steps to remove scuff marks using a magic eraser:

  • Take a clean magic eraser.
  • Damp it with clean water.
  • Rub the sponge along the scuff marks. 
  • If it gets dirty, change the side to avoid spreading the marks. 
  • Once scuff marks are removed, clean all the residue and mop the floor.

Tennis Ball

If you have a tennis ball at your disposal, you can use it to create the required friction to remove the scuff mark. Just like a pencil eraser or the magic eraser, the tennis ball also needs to be clean. Otherwise, it will create its own mess on the floor. 

Simply rub the clean part of the tennis ball on the scuff marks. If you can’t rub the ball with your hand, make a cut in the ball and insert a stick into it. Now rub the ball using the stick for convenience. 

how to remove scuff marks from vinyl floors with tennis ball

The friction will loosen up the wax layer from the vinyl floor. Once removed, clean the area before stepping on it.

Rubbing Alcohol

If friction doesn’t remove the rubber scuff marks, you have to up the ante by using some household cleaning agents. 

Rubbing alcohol is an all-round cleaning agent. It can also remove black scuff marks from your hard floors. Although rubbing alcohol is safe for most floor types, you should first try it on an inconspicuous part of your floor to make sure that it doesn’t cause any damage. 

Once satisfied, follow these steps for scuff mark removal:

  • Take a clean white microfiber cloth. Avoid colored cloth as it might bleed and leave its color on your floor. 
  • Dip one corner of the cloth in the rubbing alcohol. 
  • Rinse the cloth completely and make it damp and not overly wet. 
  • Rub the damped part of the cloth on the scuff mark gently. 
  • Keep an eye on the cloth. If it gets dark, damp another clean part of the cloth in rubbing alcohol and repeat the process. Rubbing a dirty cloth on a scuff mark will create a mess. 
  • Once cleaned, rinse the area and mop the floor to make it shiny.

Baking Soda

Another household item that can be used to remove scuff marks from the vinyl floors is baking soda. Follow these steps:

  • Make a paste by mixing 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water. 
  • Apply this paste on the scuff marks and leave it for about 10-15 minutes. 
  • Use a sponge or a soft toothbrush to gently rub the paste into the scuff mark. This will agitate the wax coating on the vinyl floor. 
  • Once the wax loosens up, wash the area with a damp cloth and remove all the paste and the wax residue.

WD-40

If you have WD-40 in your garage, it can magically wipe out the scuff marks from your floor. Apart from removing tough stains and rust and lubricating metal parts, WD-40 can send a scuff mark to extinction. 

Spray a small amount of WD-40 on a clean white microfiber cloth and rub the scuff mark with it. The chemicals in it will break the bond of the black rubber with the vinyl floor. This will break apart the rubber deposit and remove the scuff marks. 

Once removed, clean the area with a dry cloth to remove the spray residue otherwise the greasy spray will attract dirt and grime.

Non-Stick Cooking Spray

A non-stick spray can also remove scuff marks from vinyl floors. 

Just as its name suggests, a non-stick spray keeps things from sticking. You might be using it only in your kitchen, but it can also do wonders outside the kitchen as well including removing black rubber scuff marks from your floors. 

Spray a small amount of non-stick cooking spray on a clean cloth and rub the scuff mark. The spray will remove the bond between the wax and the floor. This will loosen up the wax and remove the scuff mark. Make sure to clean the area properly with a dry cloth after the scuff mark is removed.

How To Prevent Scuff Marks On Vinyl Floors?

Scuff marks can be avoided on your vinyl floors by taking care of some basic things. 

  • Never drag furniture or heavy appliances across the floor. 
  • Place rubber mats under furniture or home appliances to prevent scuff marks. 
  • Carpet the area that gets the most foot traffic to avoid scuff marks from shoes. 
  • Regular cleaning and mopping will get rid of tiny scuff marks from the vinyl floors.