A common concern for people who own hardwood floors is the care and maintenance – particularly how to clean marks off of them without causing damage. Here are a few tips on how you will be able to get marks off hardwood floors using common household products. If you are in doubt about what to use, call on the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of Austin to make sure it is safe for your particular type of flooring.

Here are our quick tips:


You can use a regular pencil eraser, although there are special hardwood flooring-rubber erasers designed especially for floor cleaning that work well on stubborn marks. Caution, as it can cause dulling of protective finishes if used repeatedly.

WD-40 type product

This is safe and can also help give your wood some shine. It works best on light scuff marks. Remember to clean up thoroughly after use as it can leave the floor slippery.

Rubber-soled shoe

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have an eraser, sometimes putting on rubber-soled shoes and twisting one of them over the scuff mark will do the trick. Avoid using black, rubber-soled shoes on light wood finishes.

Toothpaste or baking soda

These are two of the mildest abrasives around. Use a clean, damp cloth or an old, moistened toothbrush to apply them to the mark. Rub gently with the grain of the wood. If your wood is scratched or pitted, toothpaste and baking soda can leave a chalky residue that’s hard to remove.

House Cleaning “eraser” pad

Rub the scuff mark with the grain of the wood according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These new style cleaners look smooth and safe, and they usually are, but repeated use can dull surfaces, including wood.

Hardwood floors can be a beautiful addition to any room. With a little time and effort you can keep yours in good condition by removing unsightly scuff marks safely. Remember, Floor Coverings International of Austin is just a phone call away with all of your flooring answers. Call us today at (512) 335-8310 to schedule a free in-home consultation!

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