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How to Remove Scuff Marks From Floor Tiles

At Cleanipedia, we love a good how-to guide! In this one, we give you an easy-to-follow guide on how to remove scuff marks from flooring including tiles, laminate, and wood.


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How to Remove Scuff Marks From Floor Tiles

One of the most annoying parts of having gorgeous, tiled flooring is how easily it can get scuffed, especially when you have a busy home filled with busy feet. However, with the right cleaning materials and instructions, you can remove these scuff marks from your tile floor in no time.

What Causes Scuff Marks on Tiled Floors?

The most common cause of scuff marks on flooring in the home comes from dark-soled shoes. When you have a lot of foot traffic in a home, like kids, teenagers, friends, and family, and they wear dark-soled shoes, they can leave scuff marks or dark streaks on your flooring. Scuff marks can also be left when you move heavy furniture around without properly lifting it.

Scuff marks are most visible when they are dark, and the flooring is lighter. A scuff mark is essentially an oily mark left by the dark rubber of the shoes or furniture feet.

5 Ways To Remove Scuff Marks on Floor Tiles

Depending on how dark and how thick the scuff mark is, we pretty much guarantee that one of these four ways will work for removing scuff marks on the floor.

#1 - Spray The Oil With An All-Purpose Cleaner

We recommend first trying an all-purpose cleaner on the scuff marks. The Handy Andy Cream Cleaner range is a great scuff mark remover product that works wonders for most flooring types. This cream cleaner range uses 100% natural cleaning particles to clean even the toughest dirt and doesn’t leave any residue behind, making it an ideal scuff mark cleaner to use.

Pour a small amount of Handy Andy Cream Cleaner on tile, laminate, wood, or cement floor and gently rub it in with a soft cloth before rinsing off.

#2 – Make a Homemade Paste

There are a few homemade pastes you can concoct that work well to remove scuff marks from most flooring types. Mix two tablespoons of baking powder with a tablespoon of acetone or hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Rub this paste onto the scuff mark and leave for 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse and wipe off.

#3 – Try An Eraser

Because scuff marks are generally made from rubber soles, the thinking is that rubber should be able to erase rubber, right? For smaller, lighter scuff marks use an eraser from your stationary cupboard and rub it over the mark to remove it.

#4 – WD-40

WD-40 is a lubricant that can be found in most garage cupboards. It’s generally used as a lubricant for sticking or stuck chains, locks, and other mechanisms. However, it can work wonders for removing oily, rubbery marks from flooring. Spray a little amount of WD-40 on the scuff mark and rub it with a soft cloth in a gentle, circular motion. Rinse and wipe away immediately.

#5 – Avoid Acidic Cleaners or Bleach

Ideally when removing scuff marks left by dragging shoes or furniture, you want to stay away from any kind of acid or bleach cleaner. This type of cleaner could discolour your flooring, leaving a bleached streak on the floor and not even cleaning the scuff mark very well either. So, you might end up with two problems, when you only started with one.

When cleaning any flooring type, it’s best to have a plan of action ahead of time. Read our blog on How To Create A Floor Cleaning Checklist for more tips and tricks.

How Not to Damage Tile Floors When Removing Scuff Marks?

Here are our top tips for cleaning scuff marks without causing any damage to your flooring:

  • Always test a small area on your flooring first to make sure the cleaner you choose does not have an adverse reaction like discolouration on the floor. Choose an area that is in the corner or hidden by furniture, so if there is a problem it can be easily hidden.

  • Never use an abrasive cloth or scrubbing brush on flooring as it can scratch and mark the flooring permanently.

  • Clean the scuff mark as soon as possible so that it doesn’t settle in and become harder to remove later.

  • Stay away from acidic cleaners and bleach when cleaning floors.

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FAQs on Removing Scuff Marks From Floor Tiles

How do you get black marks off tile floors?

Black marks on tile floors can be removed with a few different methods. One way is to use a commercial tile cleaner or degreaser like Handy Andy Floor cleaner which is specifically designed to remove tough stains. Simply apply the floor and multipurpose cleaner to the affected area, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub the area with a stiff-bristled brush or scrubber.

Does vinegar remove scuff marks on tile floors?

Vinegar is often a great cleaning product, but you should be careful to use it neat on flooring because of its acidic nature. If you only have vinegar to use, make sure you mix it with some water first to dilute it.

What is the best cleaning product for removing scuff marks on tile floors?

Handy Andy Floor & All Purpose Cleaner is one of our favourites when it comes to removing stubborn tile dirt.

Are scuff marks permanent on tile floors?

Whether scuff marks are permanent on tile floors depends on a few factors, such as the type of tile, the severity of the scuff marks, and the type of cleaning products or methods used to remove them. In many cases, minor scuff marks can be removed with gentle cleaning methods, such as using warm water and a mild soap or a specialised tile cleaner like Handy Andy floor and multipurpose cleaner.

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