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Few things can ruin the appearance of your hardwood floor as easily as scuff marks. Unfortunately, these marks are common if you have furniture legs directly on your floor or allow guests to keep their shoes on when entering your home.
Left alone for too long, these marks can become more difficult to remove from your floor, so it’s best to attack the problem as early as possible.
So, how do you remove these annoying marks from your floor?
Fortunately, you don’t need to buy expensive cleaning products to get the job done without damaging your floor. Take a look at these 5 effective techniques that make use of common household items with step-by-step instructions on how to apply each one.
For marks that have been on the wood floor for awhile, or are more stubborn, this method won’t work.
However, if you know that the mark on your floor is fresh, this simple technique can be used to get those annoying marks up without much effort.
Simply dip the sponge in some warm water, and gently wipe away at the mark until it’s gone.
Baking soda has more than 50 uses. One of which, thankfully, is removing nasty marks from your floor!
This is one of the more effective methods at removing difficult marks. Here’s how to do it:
Pencil erasers aren’t just great for fixing homework mistakes. For small marks that require a gentle, controlled amount of pressure that won’t damage your floor, an eraser is the perfect tool for the job.
Yes, shoes may have caused the scuff mark, but they can also be great at removing them!
This method is effective for the largest, toughest scuff marks. Make sure the tennis ball is clean. If you use a dirty one, it can easily scratch or stain the floor.
Essentially, you’re going to cut a hole into a tennis ball, stick it on the end of a broom handle, and use your leverage to rub away at the mark until it’s gone.
Here’s exactly how to do it:
If none of the above ideas are working for you due to extremely aggressive marks, you may need to seek out a product that’s specifically designed to remove these types of markings (test in an inconspicuous area first).
In my experience, the best product for this is Goo Gone. I’ve personally used this to remove difficult scuff marks from floors, walls, and even some places in my car. It works exceptionally well on almost anything and makes removing the marks very easy.
We hope these tips helped you remove any scuff marks that you may have found on your wood floors. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us or comment below.
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