How to Get Scuffs Off of Laminate Flooring

While a laminate floor is fairly resistant to stains and scratches, it's not completely maintenance-free. Shoes and furniture scuff the floor, leaving behind dark streaks that look like stains. You can generally remove scuffs without using harsh cleaners, but it may take several attempts or multiple methods to make the marks disappear completely. Keep dark-soled shoes off the laminate flooring to eliminate a potential source of scuff marks.


Wrap part of an old white cotton hand towel around several of your fingers. Rub the scuffed area with your towel-wrapped fingers, or ball the towel up and buff the scuff to remove some of the mark. Add a few drops of water to the towel if the scuff doesn't disappear using a dry towel, and buff it again.

Rub the scuff mark with a clean pencil eraser. A large eraser comes in handy if the scuff is large or if several scuffs are present, because rubbing the floor removes part of the eraser.

Pour a small amount of baking soda into a shallow bowl. Wet part of a cotton hand towel and dip the wet portion into the baking soda. Scrub the scuff mark with the baking soda paste on the towel. Wipe the baking soda away with a fresh damp area of the towel.

Remove stubborn scuffs with rubbing alcohol. Dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a white cotton hand towel. Test the alcohol by rubbing it onto an inconspicuous area of the floor to ensure it doesn't discolor the flooring. Once you're sure the flooring's color will stay intact, rub the alcohol over the scuff mark to remove it. Then wipe the area down again with a water-dampened white towel.