How To Remove Scuff Marks From Laminate Flooring

Scuff marks are unsightly and distracting on your brand new laminate flooring. Many shoes today have black soles and heels, which can unfortunately lead to scuffing. Learn how to remove scuff marks properly, so you don’t end up doing damage to your laminate flooring.

How To Remove Scuff Marks

Oftentimes, removing a scuff mark is as simple as rubbing it with a towel, an eraser, or alcohol-free wipes. When trying an eraser, use it lightly. A soft pink or white eraser will work best, and be sure to test it on paper first to make sure it doesn’t leave color behind.

Another tip that seems to work well for laminate flooring owners is to take a clean, dry paper towel and place a little WD 40 on the tip of it. Just dab it on the black scuff mark and it should come right off. You will want to wipe all of the WD 40 off, and then wipe clean with a little water and vinegar mixture. This way you won’t have a slippery spot on your laminate flooring. Another method is dabbing a little bit of toothpaste upon the black scuff mark. Again, dab it on and make sure you clean the floor with a little water and vinegar mixture to remove any of the residue from the toothpaste.

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What NOT To Do

Never use a scouring pad, buffer, or wire brush when trying to remove scuff marks from laminate flooring. The same goes for harsh chemicals, as laminate flooring and harsh chemicals do not mix.

Don't Use A Buffer On Laminate Flooring
Don’t Use A Buffer On Laminate Flooring

How To Prevent Scuff Marks

To prevent scuff marks, avoid wearing shoes on your flooring. Also, install felt pads on the bottom of your furniture so it does not drag directly on the floor. This is one of the leading causes of scuff marks.

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Laminate flooring is the ultimate in home décor, and can provide you and your family with years of enjoyment. Do not let those little black scuff marks get in the way of your enjoyment as they are usually pretty simple to remove. Laminate flooring is low maintenance and when taken care of properly, your laminate flooring will look outstanding for years to come.

How have you removed scuff marks from your laminate flooring? Help others by writing your tips in the comments below!

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  1. Alana Kane

    Hi Myra, thanks for the question. Acetone shouldn’t remove any shine to the flooring. Here are some more in-depth cleaning tips:

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    After treating the laminate floors with acetone to help remove scuff marks, what would you recommend to give the floors a glossy finish?

  3. Alana Kane

    Hi Judy, thanks for the question. Sorry to hear about this! Unfortunately, there is no “fix” once the layers are damaged. Two options: either uninstall that plank and reinstall a new one or use a scratch removing kit to fill in the hole.

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    I had furniture movers and they drug my couch across my Laminated floor deep wood grain .. and they drug it across the grain and left a big mark… is there anything I can do to get this up ..It’s like it took the top layer off

  5. Alana Kane

    Hi Tiffany, thanks for reaching out. We actually do not recommend using wax on your laminates, so I am not sure how you would get that off. You could try a 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water mixture or acetone to see if it helps. Usually with light scratches, you can find a scratch fill in kit at your local hardware store. It will come with a variety of shades and you can match it up with your flooring. After you fill in the scratches, you may be able to reapply your first cleaner, but again, we do not recommend using anything with waxes or polish in them.

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    Tiffany Pennington

    I have used mop and glow a few times on my laminate floor and also the bona laminate cleaner. My dogs nails leave
    Light scratches on it now. First how to I get the wax off the laminate with out damaging the floor and what can I use to get the scratches off

  7. Alana Kane

    Hi Jan, sorry to hear about this! What did you use and did you try getting it off with anything? Here are a couple options you can test in a small spot to see if it helps: 3 parts water & 1 part vinegar mixture, windex or acetone.

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    waxed ,floor did not know that i used the wrong stuff,laminated now looks loke i have scratches all over .help

  9. Alana Kane

    Hi Nell, I am sorry to hear about the issues you had with the floor cleaner! With a laminate, it is important to avoid any products with polishes or waxes in it. I have a feeling the polish was the main issue for you here. Did you try using acetone to see if it would remove some of the surface polish? That would be our first recommendation. Try it on a small area first.

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    My floors are only 6 mos old and have marks every where I used bono cleaning and bono polish as read was ok and it made it worst these are the worst floors I have ever had . I am so upset as this is a whole makeover from my house flooding.

  11. Alana Kane

    Hi Padma, thanks for the question. We would recommend trying a mix of white vinegar and water, or acetone. Check our cleaning tips to learn more about removing spots:

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    There are some putty marks in our laminating floor. Pl let me know the best cleaning method.
    Thank u

  13. Alana Kane

    Hi Nick, thanks for your question. We’re not experts on the Dyson vacuum, but after reading some Amazon reviews and comments on the product, there were several people with hardwoods, bamboo and laminate that had similar issues. We would recommend avoiding the use of the vacuum on your floors to prevent scratching. Whenever using a vacuum, it is easy for debris to get stuck in the brush and continue to cause damage as you sweep. A broom or microfiber dry mop should work just fine to quickly clean your laminate!

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    We get light surface scratch marks that show up when the light hits it in the afternoon, I am guessing it could be because of vacuuming. We boughta Dyson Cinetic ball with their multifloor head, but I guess it still leaves these marks.

    Is there a better dyson head we should be using?

  15. Alana Kane

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    Do you have any? Please allow me realize so that I may subscribe.

  17. Alana Kane

    Hi Chris, thanks for your question! Have you tried using the pencil eraser or WD-40 on a cloth as outlined in this post? These are the most common fixes for scuff marks. If dis-coloration has happened, you might want to look into getting a laminate repair kit at any home improvement store. The kits will have putty and markers to match the color of your flooring. You should not try to use any waxes or polished on the flooring to get the marks out. If the flooring looks dull in some areas, try to clean the floors by using the manufacturer brand cleaner, Alloc laminate cleaner or a solution of water and vinegar. You might also want to test a spot to see if Acetone will improve the markings. Hope this helps! – Alana

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    I have a pergo laminate floor in my kitchen, Iam using a knee scooter temp now and have made marks from the scooter looks like the wax has been removed .How do I fix the marks?

  19. admin

    Sue, I hope you have NOT used Mop and Glow or any other type of polish or wax.

    Laminate flooring is stain resistant and this is one of the warranty claims. Hard to remove spots can be cleaned out with a pure acetone. Laminate flooring is chemical resistant , so you don’t have to worry that this could damage your floor.

    Here are few tips how to clean and maintain your floor. Hope this helps.

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    We put in laminated floors in April this year. There are so many marks on my floors that I now want them removed. I am unable to get marks of these floors so they looked revolting. I am so disappointed as I specifically asked if this would happen and was informed that these floors would rarely mark. Well gues what they look revolting and I no longer wish to have them in my home. Every body tells you something different about how to care for them. I am particular with keeping the floors clean. But being able to keep the marks of them is impossible. We don’t wear shoes inside or even drag furniture and yet there are fresh marks everyday.

  21. admin

    We don’t recomend it. You should be very careful with any Polishes or Waxes. All manufacturers are forbidding to use of waxes and polishes on laminate flooring.

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    Try a product called Milsek Furniture Polish and Cleaner for scuff marks on laminate.

  23. Fred

    Joan, They have many products on the market to hide deep scratches and chips but if they are fine scuff marks there might not be many options. You can try an automotive clear coat swirl mark remover, that might work. Laminate is a very durable flooring option but it is not scratch-proof so always take good care of it and try not to drag or slide heavy items across your floor if you can avoid it. You could put down an area rug or a rubber floor mat around certain high traffic areas or areas that will have possible furniture or chair sliding.

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    I have scuff marks on my laminate floor from chairs being scooted back. I have felt pads on the bottoms but they still left marks, is there anything I can use to buff these out?

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