What Will Take Black Scuff Marks off of Vinyl?

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What Will Take Black Scuff Marks off of Vinyl?
Black scuff marks are particularly noticeable on white vinyl floors. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Black scuff marks happen when black-soled shoes or rubber furniture feet mark up vinyl flooring. You have several ways to remove these marks on vinyl. Use the mildest solvent possible to prevent damage to your vinyl floor. Some solvents will remove the rubber mark, but they may also damage the colour and texture of the vinyl floor.

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Paper Towels

Vigorously rubbing the scuff mark with a paper towel will work to remove very light scuff marks that you've just made. This method will not damage your vinyl floors and does not utilise any harmful chemicals. However, this method may not remove tough scuff marks that have been on the floor for awhile.


One of the least damaging methods to removing black scuff marks is rubbing the mark with a pencil eraser. Use a white eraser, and rub the scuff mark from the edges of the stain toward the centre. Work until the scuff mark is gone or until the mark is not as noticeable, which will work to remove light stains, but it may not work to remove heavy scuff marks that have been on the vinyl for a long time.

Baby Oil

Baby oil is a solution that you can use to dissolve the scuff mark if the eraser is unable to remove it. To use it, soak a clean cloth in the baby oil. Rub the baby oil over the scuff mark, working from the edges of the scuff mark to the centre. Work until the stain is gone or until you no longer lighten it. Wipe off the excess oil with another clean cloth so that the floor doesn't feel oily.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a stronger solvent that will dissolve very dark scuff marks. To use it, soak a clean cloth in the rubbing alcohol, and dab it over the scuff mark until it is gone. Work from the edges of the stain toward the centre, using as little of the rubbing alcohol as possible. Test the solution first on a small area of your vinyl flooring to ensure it doesn't change your flooring's colour or texture. Rinse the floor thoroughly with clear water, and dry it completely when the stain is gone.

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