How to Remove Marks on White Stair Risers

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 clean, dry rags

  • All-purpose cleaner

  • 2 towels

  • Melamine foam cleaning eraser


Substitute dish soap if no all-purpose cleaner is available. Apply the soap to a water-dampened rag. Dish soap works similarly to all-purpose cleaner.


Spot-test the all-purpose cleaner and melamine foam sponge in a small area of the stair risers to gauge the effect of scrubbing on the painted risers.

Moving furniture up white stair risers may cause scuff marks.

White painted stair risers highlight staircases and give foyers dramatic impact in homes. Although aesthetically appealing when clean, white stair risers are susceptible to scuff marks. Rubber-soled shoes typically transfer black scuff marks that are particularly noticeable on white stair risers. If ignored, these black marks become increasingly difficult to clean over time. Promptly remove scuff marks from white painted stair risers just as you would dirt from white painted walls.


Step 1

Spray a rag with all-purpose cleaner. Lightly moisten the rag rather than drenching it.

Step 2

Rub the marked stair risers with the cleaner-moistened rag using gentle, circular motions. Remove as many markings as possible.

Step 3

Dampen another rag with water. Lightly wipe the stair risers to rinse off the all-purpose cleaner.

Step 4

Wipe the wet stair risers with a towel. Dry the risers thoroughly, even if marks remain.


Step 5

Inspect the white stair risers for stubborn black marks. If any marks or traces of scuffs remain, moisten a melamine foam cleaning eraser with water. Thoroughly wring out the eraser.

Step 6

Rub the moist foam eraser over the remaining scuff marks. Using circular motions, gently scrub the marks until they come off.

Step 7

Wipe the wet stair risers with another towel. Dry the stair risers thoroughly to avoid slipping hazards.



April Dowling

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.