How to Get Rid of Wood Floor Scuff Marks

As you contemplate the scuff marks on your wood floors after last night's dinner party, you begin to realize why they never let you wear street shoes in gym class. 

Luckily, it's easy to learn how to get scuff marks off hardwood floors.

Hardwood flooring can be difficult to clean. The soft nature of wood makes it impractical to use abrasive cleaners. Polyurethane, the most common hardwood floor finishing sealer, is tough, but it is sensitive to the chemicals in some cleaners.

If you have scuff marks on your hardwood flooring, the trick is to rub them off using a material that won't damage your flooring. As always, try these methods on an inconspicuous part of your floor before you try to remove a stain.

Tennis Anyone?
One method of removing scuff marks from hardwood flooring is to use an old (but clean) tennis ball. With a sharp knife, carefully cut a 1-inch "X" in the surface of the tennis ball. Place the tennis ball over the end of a mop or broom handle.

Gently, by firmly scrub the scuff mark with the tennis ball covered handle.

Erase That Scuff Mark!
Another method for removing scuff marks from hardwood flooring is to use a large, pink pencil eraser. Make sure the eraser is free from pencil marks or other dirt (a new eraser is the safest) before attempting to remove the scuff mark. Avoid plastic or gritty erasers.

Wipe the scuff mark with a damp sponge, and then rub the eraser over the scuff mark.

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