As the saying goes, when there’s a will there’s a way. You hear that in motivational speeches about the sheer resilience of human determination but there’s something else that you can apply that to. That is…scuff marks! Yes! Scuff marks find their way on to any kind of flooring and if not treated, they will definitely stay! They are the bane of all clean surfaces and never cease their efforts to expand their unsightly domain. Fortunately, hope is not lost and you can get rid of scuff marks in a number of ways. You will be pleasantly surprised to know that there are quite a few household items that are great scuff mark remover.
Where do they come from?
Scuff marks are created by anything that has hard rubber on its bottom. That covers a wide range of items but it isn’t limited t, shoes with rubber outsoles, heels, ladders, toys furniture. So you can’t really avoid them.
What am I going to do?
The answer to that question depends on the kind of floor that you have. We’ve covered the methods you can employ for vinyl floors, tile floors and terrazzo floors. Let the battle for your floor begin.
Removing scuff marks from Vinyl Floors
Removing scuff marks from vinyl flooring can be quite a task, especially if you do not know the difference between linoleum and vinyl. Linoleum flooring is completely natural and vinyl flooring is synthetic. The pattern or coloration is limited to the topmost layer only. That’s why you need to be extremely careful when attempting to remove scuff marks or you might end up removing the coloring of the floor. In this case, the best scuff mark remover would be a white eraser labeled as a ‘magic’ eraser. Alternatively, another great scuff mark remover is a paste that you can make by mixing water and baking soda. Using anything more abrasive would lead to the color coming off.
Removing scuff marks from tiled floors
You can combat scuff marks on tiled floors in a number of ways. Many materials can be excellent scuff mark remover in this scenario. If you have ceramic tiles, then your job will be even easier. Here are five methods by which you can do that.
· Method 1
For smaller scuff marks, you can use a white eraser as mentioned above. A simple eraser is a very effective scuff mark remover. Keep rubbing until that mark is gone. Using a light colored eraser is best; erasers with other colors can leave stains.
· Method 2
Larger scuff marks you say? No problem. You need a tennis ball now. Yes, the tennis ball is an excellent scuff mark remover. Take a knife and cut a cross in the ball. Now take a broomstick and push its end into the ball and start erasing.
· Method 3
You can make things simpler and bring out the kryptonite of scuff marks i.e. WD-40. Just a small amount of WD-40 sprayed in a cloth and you can rub that scuff mark right out of existence. Once you’ve removed it, make sure you have wiped the area using a dry cloth.
· Method 4
If you have really stubborn scuff marks, then you need to use a dish scrubber that is specifically non-scratch. Use it gently to prevent damage to the tile.
· Method 5
Non-stick cooking spray is also a great scuff mark remover. Take a soft cloth of any kind and spray a little of the spray and then wipe the mark off. You need to make sure that you thoroughly wipe the area using a dry and clean cloth.
Removing scuff marks from terrazzo floors
Terrazzo floors are expensive floors and need to be taken care of properly. Terrazzo floors that are properly maintained can last for generations. Scuff marks are a common problem with terrazzo floors so you need to stay vigilant for them and deal with them swiftly. Here’s what you need to do. The scuff marks can vary in intensity and depth.
· Dealing with scuff marks on the surface
Terrazzo floors have a thin wax layer which is responsible for giving the floor its trademark shine. Cleaning the scuff marks away will probably result in removing that wax layer. Take some warm water and add some dishwashing soap. Dip a sponge into the mixture and start scrubbing the mark off. After that, you should use a soft clean cloth for buffing the area.
· Dealing with scuff marks that are thicker
If that mark is still there, it’s time to dial up the aggression. Take some baking soda and mix it with warm water. Once the baking soda has completely dissolved, use a sponge to scrub the floor with the mixture. Once the mixture has set and the area has dried, buff the floor as described in the previous method. You should only do this if the mark still remains. The baking soda and water mixture is a very versatile scuff mark removers and can be used on a variety of floor types.
· Deeper scuff markers
If the mark still doesn’t go away, take a moment to grudgingly appreciate its persistence. There’s no need to worry because it is going to go away. It also means that the mark is embedded in the finish of the floor. In this scenario, you will need polishing powder which is specifically made for marble and mix it with water. Do this in accordance with the included instructions. Take a cloth, dip in the solution and wipe the mark. After scrubbing, buff as described before, using a clean cloth.
· Scuff marks that cut through the finish
It’s still there?! That is one persistent scuff mark. But like we said in the beginning, our determination is right up there in terms of persistence. So fear not!
If the mark is still there, it means that it’s there on the surface of the floor beneath the finish. This usually happens on the part of the floor which is used a lot and has a thinner wax layer. Firstly, you need to remove the wax to reach the surface. A wax remover can be used for this. Scrub the floor using either soapy water or baking soda and water mixture. Rinse the area with water and buff it dry. Now you need to apply a layer of marble sealer and a layer of wax. Once dry, buff till you get a shiny finish.