Scuff Marks On Your Hardwood Floor? Try These Three Cleaning Methods

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If you or others who enter your home walk across your hardwood floors with shoes on, it's only a matter of time before you get a scuff mark or two. Removing these scuff marks can be challenging, since they are all slightly different depending on the shoes that left them. Try these three methods -- chances are good that at least one of them will effectively remove the marks and leave your floor looking new again.

Rubbing the marks away with an eraser

If the marks were left by sneakers or other shoes with softer rubber soles, there's a good chance you can wipe them away with just a standard eraser. Make sure you're using a rather new eraser -- the rubber in older ones can start to degrade and may leave scuff marks itself. Rub back and forth across the scuff mark, just as if you were erasing a pencil mark.

The area from which you "erased" the mark may look a bit dull after using this method. Take advantage of this opportunity to apply a coat of floor polish to the whole floor, and that dull look will be gone.

Applying olive oil

You don't want to apply any harsh cleaners to your hardwood floor, since they might remove the finish along with the scuff mark. Olive oil is a mild ingredient that won't damage the finish on your floors, but it should soften the scuff marks so you can rub them away. Pour a small amount of olive oil onto a soft cloth. Wipe it over the scuff mark, and leave it to penetrate the mark for about 10 minutes. Then, use another soft cloth to buff away the scuff mark. Wipe over the area several times with clean cloths to absorb the oily sheen.

Applying petroleum jelly

Some scuff marks are easier to remove with petroleum jelly, rather than olive oil, so if the olive oil does not work, give this method a try. This is another mild treatment that should not harm your floor's finish. Rub a little petroleum jelly onto the mark, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rub it away with a cloth. You can remove any remaining jelly with a mixture of a little dish soap and water.

If none of these methods effectively remove the scuff marks from your floor, seek help from a professional floor cleaning service like J Maintenance Co. They'll have special cleaners that can remove the marks without removing your floor's finish.

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