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How to remove scuff marks

Scuff marks are caused by the material on the sole of your shoes being transferred to your floor. Some scuff marks are easier to remove as are some floor surfaces to clean. Scuff marks can accumulate quickly and detract from the appearance of your surroundings. Removing the scuff marks is important as other dirt is attracted to the scuff mark material, resulting in more to clean up.

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  1. Dip one paper towel into some petroleum jelly. Rub the petroleum jelly into the scuff marks. Buff off the jelly and scuff marks with a dry paper towel.

  2. Wet a paper towel with white vinegar. Wash the floor where you applied petroleum jelly to remove the slickness from the jelly, along with any remaining scuff marks.

  3. Dampen a magic stain eraser then squeeze out excess water. Rub the sponge back and forth over any stubborn scuff marks to remove. Rinse the sponge, during the process, so you don't transfer black from the scuffs back onto your floor's surface.

  4. Tip

    Erase scuff marks with a pencil eraser. Use a clean tennis ball to remove scuff marks. Stubborn scuff marks that are stuck in a textured floor surface can be rubbed out with a baking soda paste. Use a toothbrush to remove the baking soda from the grooves of the floor surface.


    While magic stain erasing sponges are safe for most floor surfaces it's best to test an inconspicuous spot, or avoid use altogether, if your floor has a high-gloss polished finish or is made of bare or polished wood.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Clean cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Magic stain erasing sponge

About the Author

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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