Preventing and Removing Scuff Marks

Scuff marks from shoes and other rubber surfaces have long since been an eye-sore. Some are easy to get out while others might seem hopeless. But what is a scuff mark? Well basically when a material (usually the rubber sole of a shoe) skids across the floor, creating friction and heat, it briefly melts then solidifies on the floor’s surface.

The way floors are made actually adds to the problem. Highly polished floors attract scuff marks because they are designed to be non-slip, which increases the amount of friction. However, these smooth surfaces also make it easier to peel off the marks once they’re on.

Removing Scuff Marks

First let’s talk about what doesn’t work. Automatic scrubbers are great for removing loose dirt and other organic debris, but they are designed to protect the floor’s finish. This means they don’t create a lot of friction, which is needed to get scuff marks off. Also, the chemicals used in them are very easy on the floors to prevent the breakdown of the finish, which also prevents them from working on scuff marks.

Most of the time, all you really need is a slightly damp microfiber flat mop. Use it to wipe across the scuff marks and they should come right up. The only downside to this method is it can take a while if you have a large floor and a lot of marks.

If you’re in a commercial setting and you need something faster, a high-speed burnisher is the way to go. You can buy burnishing pads specifically designed for scuff marks.

Preventing Scuff Marks

This is no easy task, and there is no way to eliminate scuff marks completely. If you have children you can limit the amount of toys that have rubber surfaces, remove rubber soled shoes or place rugs in higher trafficked areas or places that tend to get a lot of scuff marks.

SOURCES: thecleanestimage.com, ehow.com