How to remove shoe scuffs from hard floors

  • By: Bee
  • Date: May 6, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

If you want to make sure that your home’s appearance is properly tied together, you will want to put a lot of effort into keeping the floor of the house as clean as possible.

While a lot of people may not realize just how important floors are to the foundation of the house, there are many people who do realize that the cleanliness of a room can make all the difference in the way that your house comes across to anyone who sees it.

When considering the floor’s appearance as being nondescript and unremarkable for most people aside from businesses that have branded carpeting, this means that all of the unwanted and unnatural debris on your floor will be more noticeable, and nobody wants this to happen.

One of the most obvious kinds of defects that can affect your floor is going to be shoe scuff marks. These scuff marks typically occur on hard and semi-reflective surfaces, such as wood and laminate floorings.

These scuff marks usually come from when someone’s shoes drag along the surface of the floor, leaving a very faint layer of the shoe in the form of a scuff mark. 

If you notice that your floor has a number of scuff marks on it, you might be inclined to do what you can to get rid of them.

Some people might worry that they would have to contact a major floor cleaning service to get the job done, but the good news is that shoe scuffs are one of the easiest stains to remove from hard floors.

The exact method that you use to go about getting rid of the stain might vary, depending on where you are from, but at the end of the day, you can easily turn your floor into a place that has no shoe scuff marks on it. 

What Will You Need? 

First things first, you are going to want to have all the materials that you would need to get the job done.

While getting rid of shoe scuffs on a hard flooring is a pretty simple task, if you do not have any of the materials that you would need, then it would be pretty hard to get that stain easily removed.

Typically, the materials that you will need depend heavily on the type of flooring that the person has in their home.

Removing scuff marks can be done on wood floors, tiles floors, and laminate floors.

To some people, laminates can also include vinyl flooring, but you will always want to double check by reading the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your floor. 

For wooden floors, aside from using a cleaner to get rid of the scuff mark, there are quite a few different tools that you would need.

Some people will use tennis balls, while other people may choose to wear special shoes that can wear down the stain. 

For tiled and laminate floors, the process is a little bit different. Rather than using household objects that you can find for a fraction of the original price, one can use baking soda or nail polish to try and get rid of scuff marks that have been left by shoes.

These options are almost always reserved for tile or laminate floorings, as they are more durable than your standard hardwood floor.

Removing the Scuff Marks

Now you have everything that you would need to get rid of a shoe scuff mark. If you have some spare tennis balls lying around, you may want to consider cleaning the tennis balls first just to ensure that there is nothing that would grow and fester in any environment.

You can use the tennis balls to gently rub the area that has the shoe scuff mark on it. You can also turn an eraser into something that can remove stains on the hardwood floor as well. 

For the eraser method, you will first want to dampen a microfiber cloth and rub that over the scuff mark you are trying to remove. Once that area has been properly dampened, you can begin using a typical school eraser to work on “erasing” the body of the scuff mark.

Finally, you can scrape up any eraser shavings after this and you can make use of them as you please. 

For the more durable flooring types of laminate and tile, you are going to want to be a bit more aggressive at getting rid of the scuff mark. You can either use baking soda or nail polish remover.

With baking soda, you would begin by mixing baking soda and some warm water to create a paste that you can easily apply to the scuff mark.

You can then apply that paste to the stains, wait a little bit for the baking soda to work its magic, and then take a slightly damp rag to wipe it all up.

Take Caution! For some people, the baking soda has the potential to stain the floor if your floor is a darker color.

This is something you need to be careful of when you are using it to remove scuff stains from shoes. 

Secondly, you can use nail polish remover (acetone) to get rid of scuff stains that came from dirty shoes.  

With this, you would dampen a piece of microfiber cloth and you will want to wipe over the scuff stain, being careful not to dig it into the floor too much so you don’t negatively affect the floor’s color. 

In the end, no matter what kind of scuff stain you have on your hard flooring, you can feel confident in knowing that there are going to be more than a few things that you can look into for scuff removal.

Scuff marks, especially ones that are only left by shoes without any excess dirt or mud that slipped in, can quickly ruin the beautiful appearance of a good floor, giving you all the more reason to use one of these methods to remove those scuff stains.

The good news about these methods is that they can all be done with household items, making them considerably easy to do. 

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