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Removing Scuff and Heel Marks - Floor Stain Removal Tips

Cleaning up stains made by scuff or heel marks from shoes really can cause a lot of problems.

If your floor has these on them, it is not likely that you will be able to just mop them off.

You will not want to use any type of scrubbing pad, abrasive cleaner or harsh chemical on your hardwood or your laminate flooring.

While this may be okay on some types of tile, it can do quite a bit of damage to wood.

These stains can be some of the hardest to clean. Yet, you can do it and have beautiful looking floors to call your own.

To do that, there are several things that you will want to think about here.

Removing Scuff Marks and Heel Marks

Here are some great tips for cleaning your scuff marks and other stains that you may have land on your floor.

These tips are not recommended for carpeting.

  • You can use products that are petroleum solvent or other solvent based cleaners. Use them as they are directed by the manufacturer. They should help to remove any type of stain you have.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are really helpful. These are ideal for cleaning up scuff marks on your flooring. You just need to wet them, wring them out and apply a bit of pressure to the eraser on the stain. Usually, it will pull the stain right off. Rinse thoroughly when finished then dry.
  • Use WD 40 on the heel mark. Apply to the stain lightly and then wipe the area up with a clean paper towel.
  • You can also use a large sized pencil eraser on some of your flooring. These will easily pull off the scuff marks making them easy to remove.
  • Wash the area with a floor cleaning solution as you normally would. Use a non abrasive brush to scrub off the mark. Be careful not to use anything that may actually cause the area to become scratched or damaged.
  • Try using TSP according to the manufacturer's directions on package. This needs to be done carefully and only when you are wearing gloves. You can find this product in the paint department of your local hardware store. Do not use this on any painted surface, wood surface or semi gloss area.

Floor Type Considerations

You will want to be careful with special types of flooring.

If your flooring is wood or has a protective seal to it, some chemicals can damage that seal and cause the wood to become compromised. Instead, you will want to make sure to follow the directions provided to you with the hardwood floors when you purchased them.

If you do use one of these methods to clean your stained or finished floor, you may need to clean, strip and refinish the flooring to completely remove the stain and to provide protection to the flooring again.

Below you will find some additional tips to help you with floors that are waxed. These floors need a bit more attention to the details.

Heel Marks on Waxed Floors

If you have waxed floors in your home, you may have a bit more of a hard time removing the scuff marks and other marks left on the floor. The things that we suggested above may work or they may not. You will need to use them only if you can actually know that they will not damage the wax floor that you have. Here are some additional tips for help in this type of flooring.

  • Make sure to clean up scuff marks and heel marks as soon as possible. They should not be allowed to remain on the floor as they will become harder and harder to actually remove.
  • Use liquid wax, cleaning fluid or turpentine to clean these scuff marks. Apply the solution to a terry cloth and then apply to the area.
  • After the stain comes clean, you may need to go back and reseal the floor by waxing it again. This is especially true if the wax is compromised in the process.

Heavy Duty Heel Marks

When it comes to having a floor that has special needs, taking a bit more time with keeping it clean and scuff free will help you to keep it looking good for a long while.

Take your time with it and learn more about the specific type of cleaning products that are okay to use with the type of flooring that you have.

Use a commercial product that is designed for cleaning waxed floors. You may need to apply the product directly to a cloth and then to the scuff mark to have it come clean.

You may want to keep these types of shoes off of your flooring if you can as more and more stains will result in more difficulty in removing them.

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