Polishing white ceramic, linoleum, and vinyl tile floors adds shine and protects them from stains. However, unless homeowners are extremely careful, even polished tiles inevitably acquire skid and scuff marks. The marks are caused by walking on tiles while wearing rubber-soled shoes, or scraping objects across the tiles. Since skid marks are generally black, they often stand out on white tiles. Remove black skid marks on polished white tile using common household supplies.
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Things you need
- Multipurpose water-displacing lubricant
- White cloths
- Superfine steel wool
- Clean towel
- Clean tennis ball
- Pencil eraser
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- Nonabrasive sponge
Spray multipurpose water-displacing lubricant onto a white cloth. Water-displacing lubricant contains solvents that dissolve skid marks.
Rub the lubricant-moistened cloth vigorously over the skid mark. Remove as much of the mark as possible.
Examine the tile for remaining black marks. If the skid mark remains, thoroughly scrub it off the ceramic surface using superfine steel wool.
Dampen another white cloth with warm water. Wipe the water-dampened cloth over the ceramic surface to rinse off the lubricant.
Dry the ceramic tile with a clean towel.
Spray multipurpose water-displacing lubricant onto a white cloth.
Scrub the lubricant-moistened cloth vigorously over the skid mark.
Dampen another white cloth with warm water. Wipe the water-dampened cloth over the linoleum surface to rinse off the lubricant.
Dry the linoleum tile with a clean towel.
Examine the tile for remaining black marks. If marks remain, thoroughly scrub them off the linoleum surface using a clean tennis ball.
Rub a pencil eraser over the skid mark.
Sweep up the loose eraser fragments.
Examine the tile for remaining black marks. If the mark remains, mix 2 tbsp of warm water with 1/4 cup of baking soda in a bowl. Stir the mixture until it becomes paste-like in texture.
With a nonabrasive sponge, scrub the paste over the skid mark until it rubs off completely.
Dampen a white cloth with warm water, and use it to rinse off the paste.
Dry the vinyl tile with a clean towel.
Tips and warnings
- If there are many skid marks on the linoleum, use a utility knife to engrave an "X" in a tennis ball's surface. Push the non-bristle end of a broomstick into the X, and use it to rub the tennis ball vigorously over the skid marks until they disappear.
- Coarse steel wool can strip polish off ceramic tiles or scratch them.
- Harsh abrasive products can penetrate vinyl tile's coloured surface layer.
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