How to Get White Vacuum Scuff Marks Off of Furniture

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Things You'll Need

  • Art eraser

  • Damp cloth

  • Gentle all-purpose cleaner

  • Dry cloths

  • Paste wax

  • Brazil nut or black walnut

  • Furniture crayons

  • Ammonia

Vacuum in a well-lit room and work slowly to avoid nicking furniture.

Vacuums are notorious for leaving white scuff marks on baseboards, wooden furniture and sofa legs. These white marks are sometimes minor stains, easily removed with a mild cleaner. Occasionally, though, the white marks represent actual damage to the furniture's finish. Start with the least invasive cleaning method to remove the scuffs. If that doesn't work, use products aimed at hiding stains or repairing finishes. Work gently and try any product you use in an inconspicuous place first to make sure it won't damage furniture.


Removing Scuffs

Step 1

Rub the white marks gently with an art eraser. Even a regular pencil eraser may remove the smudges.

Step 2

Wipe the area with a damp cloth. If the scuff remains, apply a small amount of all-purpose cleaner and wipe again. Dry with a dry cloth.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of paste wax to the area and rub it gently to remove any excess wax.


Covering or Repairing Scuff Marks

Step 1

Crack open a Brazil nut or a black walnut. Rub the inside of the nut over the wood. The oils in the nut condition the wood and color it, as well, hiding the stain.

Step 2

Camouflage white scuff marks by covering them with a crayon that is the same shade as the furniture. Hardware stores sell furniture crayons specifically made to hide stains, or use regular crayons.

Step 3

Dampen a cloth lightly with household ammonia. Rub the scuff marks quickly with the ammonia. Wipe the area dry and apply furniture wax.



Julie Christensen

Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."