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How To Remove Scuff Marks From Linoleum Floors

By Edited Jun 20, 2015 0 1


linoleum-flooring is still a popular choice for many home owners. It is available in many patterns and styles. Linoleum offers durability, affordability, ease of care and of course beauty. A linoleum-floor can last 25 years or longer, if you take care of them properly. Linoleum is made by mixing tiny bits of wood or cork with solidified linseed oil and dyes. The mixture is then machine pressed on a sheet of canvas or a sheet of burlap. linoleum-flooring is most commonly sold in large rolled sheets. Newer versions of linoleum a manufactured from polyvinyl chloride. Linoleum also come in different grades, the higher the grade the thicker the linoleum.

Floors do take a lot of abuse from normal every day wear and tear. Stains and spots are bound to occur of the linoleum surfaces. Most of these stains can be removed and shoe scuff-marks are no exception. There are a few methods to remove scuff-marks from linoleum-floors.

To Remove scuff-marks From linoleum-flooring


Method One:


Wet a rag/sponge and wring out the excess water.

Apply a small amount of white toothpaste to the rag/sponge. About a pea sized amount should be enough. Only use white toothpaste, not the gel type. White toothpaste is mildly abrasive while gel toothpaste is not.

Rub the toothpaste into yourscuff-mark on the linoleum-floor and scrub until the scuff-mark disappears.

Wet a second rag/sponge and wipe down the area to remove the excess toothpaste.

Dry the floor with a clean, dry soft rag.

Method Two:


Sprinkle baking soda over yourscuff-mark on the linoleum-floor.

Wet a rag/sponge and wring out the excess water so it is slightly more than damp.

Scrub yourscuff-mark until it is gone.

Wet a second rag and wipe down the area to remove excess baking soda which can cause the finish on the linoleum to look dull.

Dry immediately with a soft, clean dry rag.

Method Three:


Buy a gum eraser. Gum erasers are available at stationary stores, office supply stores and art stores.

Erase yourscuff-mark from the linoleum-floor.




For very dark or large shoe scuff-marks on your linoleum-flooring, you may have to repeat the remedy in order to remove the mark. Remove any marks or stains as soon as they occur. Begin with the easiest method for you. All three methods are equally effective.

Never use any type of abrasive scouring powders, steel wool or chlorine bleach on your linoleum-floor. You can permanently damage the linoleum-floors' finish.






Apr 8, 2010 11:49pm
I like the toothpaste idea. Great article!
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