How To Remove Heel Marks from Vinyl Floors

If you are looking for flooring that is durable and virtually effortless to clean for your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, then vinyl flooring is what you need. However, while vinyl can weather heavy foot traffic and make it a breeze in terms of cleaning, it is highly vulnerable to heel and scuff marks from rubber-soled footwear. In some cases vinyl flooring, with so many heel and scuff marks, can look very much like a gymnasium or basketball court flooring. Nevertheless, you should never fret because there are several ways to remove these unwanted marks from your vinyl floor.

Removal option 1. One good way to remove heel marks off vinyl floors is by applying and scrubbing acetone. Purchase a bottle of acetone or any nail polish that contains acetone and pour some on a swab of cotton. Scrub and rub the acetone-soaked cotton ball onto the vinyl flooring where the heel mark is located and see it vanish in front of your eyes. A minute or two of scrubbing should do the trick for light heel marks.

Removal option 2.
Purchase a small spray can of WD-40 and spray a good amount on each heel or scruff mark. Once the mark is good and wet, wipe it away with a clean cloth rag. If you use this option, make sure to apply some degreaser on the area as well.

Removal option 3. Another way to remove heel marks is to mix a pasty solution of baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the mark and gently scrub it with a sponge or rag. Once you see the mark has disappeared, get another clean and dry rag and wipe any sediment left off the floor.

Removal option 4.
For very deep heel marks, consider using steel wool or scrubbing pad to try and loosen the particles that make up the mark. Make sure to wet the floor or use one of the three alternative solutions previously mentioned as you agitate and scrub the floor. Make sure not to scrub too hard as it can lead to the further damaging of your vinyl floor.

Removal option 5.
Some people have found that a simple pencil eraser can do wonders on a vinyl floor with heel marks. Apply some elbow grease on top of the heel mark on the floor and take the pencil eraser and start erasing. Be persistent as the mark may not come off on your first try.

Removal option 6.
Purchase a scuff mark eraser from your local hardware supply store. Some companies have developed erasers specifically for heel and scuff marks on vinyl floors. Look and purchase one. Once you get home, dampen the eraser with a little water and start going to town on those heel marks. Erase till the heel marks are no more. Make sure to clean the area with a rag to wipe away the moisture from the eraser.

These are some of the most effective ways in removing heel or scuff marks from a vinyl floor. Try any of them and see those marks magically disappear. If all else fails, you can live with the marks or get yourself a new vinyl floor.


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