How to Clean Scuff Marks Off Laminate Wood Floors

Cleaning scuff marks off a laminate wood floor is a chancy proposition at best. Badly scuffed or abraded planks will have to be replaced. Preventing the scuffs by taking your shoes off before walking on the flooring and not dragging items across it is the easiest way to avoid scuffing problems. If you do get a scuff on your laminate flooring, however, you may be able to remove it using some simple household items you probably already have on hand.

Step 1

Tackle the scuff marks with an eraser. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is ideal, but if you don't have one handy you can rub small scuffs with a pencil eraser, or a larger stand-alone eraser, until the scuff disappears. Then vacuum or sweep up any debris that shredded off the eraser.

Step 2

Scrub larger scuff marks with a clean tennis ball. If you can't exert enough pressure holding the ball with your hand, use a utility knife to cut a small "X" into the top of the ball. Insert a dowel into the "X" and use it as a handle to scrub the floor with the ball.

Step 3

Mix warm water into a few tablespoons of baking soda until it makes a smooth, thick paste. Dip a soft cloth in this and scrub the scuff marks with it, then use another clean, damp cloth to wipe the excess soda away. If that doesn't work, try scrubbing the spot with toothpaste, then wipe clean and wipe dry.

Step 4

Use WD-40 or lighter fluid as a last resort. Dampen the rag and rub at the scuff mark, then wipe the area down with a clean cloth and finally wipe it dry.