How to Remove Scuff Marks From Laminate Flooring

Scuff marks on laminate flooring appear on the smooth top surface when something is rubbed against it. Most scuff marks are formed by rubber soles of shoes or from furniture legs.

Scuff marks are common on laminate flooring, especially if you don’t remove shoes before entering the house. Scuff marks are not appealing and should be dealt with immediately once you spot them on your floor.

How to Remove Scuff Marks From Laminate Flooring

So, how do you remove scuff marks on your laminate flooring?

Method 1: Baking Soda and Warm Water

Step 1: Mixing

Put warm water in a bucket and add baking soda to create a paste. The amount of paste will depend on the areas you are going to wipe clean.

Step 2: Scrub

Dip a soft microfiber cloth in the paste, this is to make sure you won’t damage the floor while removing the scuff marks, and use it to scrub the affected areas until the scuff marks disappear.

Step 3: Wipe and Dry

Dip a soft cloth in hot water and use it to wipe off any remaining residue on the surface of your laminate flooring.

When you have removed all the residue, wipe the area with a soft, dry microfiber cloth to remove any excess moisture.

Things you’ll need:

  • Baking soda.
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Bucket
  • Warm water.

Method 2: Nail Polish Remover

Pour acetone-based nail polish on a spray bottle and spray directly on the areas with the scuff marks. Use the soft microfiber cloth to rub the scuff marks until they disappear. Wipe off any excess nail polish with a fresh soft dry towel until your laminate attains its original look and feel.

Things you’ll need:

  • Soft microfiber cloth
  • Acetone based nail polish remover.
  • Spray bottle.

Method 3: Tennis Ball Method

Using scissors cut an X in a tennis ball, either a new or an old one will work, and stick the ball to one end of a broom or a mop handle.

Place the ball on top of the scuff mark, then proceed gently to scrub the top of your laminate flooring until the scuff marks no longer appear.

Things you’ll need:

  • A tennis ball.
  • Scissors.
  • Broom or mop handle.

Method 4: School pencil eraser method.

Making sure the surface of the pencil eraser is clean, rub off the scuff marks on the laminate flooring until they disappear, then vacuum off or sweep using a soft brush to remove the shavings that are left by the eraser.

Things you’ll need:

  • Pencil eraser.
  • Vacuum clean or soft brush.

Method 4: Soft Microfiber Cloth Method

This method will only work if the scuff marks are light and new. Rub gently with a soft dry microfibre cloth on the affected area. The marks should go away.

Even after removing the scuff marks on your laminate flooring, it is always good to prevent your floor from future scuff marks.

How do you protect your laminate flooring from future scuff marks?

Things you’ll need:

  • Soft microfiber cloth.

How to Protect your Laminate Flooring From Future Scuff Marks

  1. Clean your laminate flooring regularly. This way you’ll be able to notice and clean any scuff marks as soon as they appear.
  2. Use pads under your furniture.
  3. Avoid walking with shoes in your house.
  4. Do not drag furniture on your laminate flooring. 

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