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How To Remove Scuff Marks from Hardwood Floors

Updated on November 25, 2011

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to a home. Dark wood floors exude luxury and elegance, while light wood flooring adds a casual and comfortable feel to the house. Exotic hardwood floors... are just that -- exotic. Scuff marks on the floor and tough to remove and make the whole room look bad. Of course you can start throwing down some area rugs, but after a short time your hardwood floors will be hidden. Thankfully, you do have another alternative.

Cut a piece of #0000 steel or bronze wool to make a hand sized pad. Do not use steel wool that has been pre-soaped by the manufacturer. Use the steel wool that you buy at a hardware store.

Rub the steel or bronze wool through paste wood wax. You can use either paste floor or furniture wax. If you'd like, choose a paste wax that matches the color of the hardwood floor, although this isn't necessary it won't hurt the flooring.

Examine your wood floor to determine the direction the wood grain is running in. Place the steel wool with the paste wax on the scuff mark, press down and push it away from yourself until you pass over the scuff mark. Pick up the steel wool and bring it back to the beginning of the scuff mark. Place it on the wood floor, press down and push it away. Keep rubbing the waxy steel wool over the scuff mark, moving it in only one direction, until the scuff mark is gone.

Help protect your hardwood floor from scuff marks by requesting family and friends remove their shoes before walking over your floors.

Place a thickly folded rag under the legs of tables and chairs before moving them across the wood floor if you cannot lift them.

Keep your hardwood floors waxed. Wax provides a protective layer to help prevent surface damage including scuff marks on the floors.

Avoid vacuuming your hardwood floors, the vacuum wheels are rough on the surface and can cause scuff marks.

Always sweep wood floors to remove dust and dirt. Dust and dirt when walked over act like little bits of sandpaper wearing against the hardwood floor.


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      Escapes 6 years ago

      Honestly, no I would not suggest any type of oil soap on hardwood flooring. The oil builds up and leaves a dull, sticky grime on the floor over time. Plus adding oil to a hardwood floor can result in a slippery surface. Good luck with your floors!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I have light hardwood floors. And I have accumulated a scuff mark or two, so your wonderful and helpful hub is a delight to find! Thanks so much. Question: I use Murphys Wood oil soap for cleaning. Do you agree?