What Are Scuff Marks?

Scuff marks are the black streaks left on tiled floors by items with a hard rubber bottom such as hard soled shoes, heels, furniture, ladders and toys. Any hard flooring at your home is susceptible to being scuffed, not just tiles.

Scuff marks look bad on the floors running their appearance. While scuffs may appear difficult to get rid of, these marks are actually not that difficult to remove. Read through our helpful tips below and you’ll be removing scuffs from floors with little effort in no time at all. Here we have highlighted for you some simple tips and tricks and some scuff mark removers that can help you to remove scuff marks from your ceramic tile floor and make it look as good as new.

What to use to remove scuff marks

Surprisingly even though scuffs are caused by rubber, rubber in various forms can be used to remove those pesky marks quite easily! Here is how you can use rubber of different sorts to get rid of scuff marks from your ceramic tiles.


You can try using a pencil eraser for smaller scuff marks. With a firm hand, rub the spot until the scuff mark disappears. Make sure you clean the leftover eraser shavings otherwise they will leave marks of their own on the floor.

There are many erasers available made specifically for this scuff removal purpose. When choosing one, make sure it is not too harsh to prevent removing finish from your floors.

Make sure you test the eraser on a small hidden area of the floor before beginning to use it on the main areas.

Tennis Ball

A tennis ball can also be used to get rid of scuff marks from the tiled floor. This scuff mark remover works best on the areas where there are larger marks. Take a tennis ball and cut a small “X” into the top. The “X” should be about one quarter the size of the ball. It is important not to hold the ball in your hand while cutting it to avoid any injuries. Placing it in a vice grip or on a firm surface is a good idea. Now that you are done with cutting the ball, insert the handle of a broom into it and use it to rub off the scuff marks.

Ceramic Tile Cleaning Solutions

If the above tricks don’t seem to work too well, here are some other scrubbing tricks to make your tiled floors as good as new.

Baking Soda Paste

Make a smooth paste by mixing about 2 tablespoons of baking soda and warm water. Make sure the paste is not too runny. Now take a soft cloth and gently rub your baking soda paste on the marked areas. Once the scuff marks are removed, use a clean damp cloth to wipe the area and let it dry.


You can also use toothpaste as scuff mark remover and to clean your floors. Take a small amount of toothpaste on a clean cloth and rub it firmly on the marks in small, circular motions. Once done, clean the area using a damp cloth and dry the area thoroughly.

WD-40 to Maintain Tiles

One of the easiest and most effective solutions to remove scuff marks is WD-40. Spray a little WD-40 on a paper towel or a soft, clean cloth. Use this cloth to rub the scuffed floor. Do not be too harsh when rubbing, do it in small, gentle circular motions. Now wipe the area with a clean damp cloth and let it dry.

WD-40 cleans the scuff marks easily and is an effective way to get rid of these marks without affecting the ceramic tiles and their polish.


Here are some important things to keep in mind when using the above-mentioned tips to remove scuff marks from a ceramic tile floor.

  • Test your chosen method on a small hidden area of floor first to ensure it agrees with your flooring.
  • If in any doubt, check with your floor retailer of what is the safest method of scuff removal for your flooring
  • Don’t apply too much pressure when rubbing the scuffs away as this may lead to discolouration of tiles.
  • Avoid using WD-40 on unsealed surfaces, as this may lead to staining.
  • As WD-40 may soften or remove any floor coatings that may be present, ensure you reapply them after using WD-40.
  • WD-40 will cause your flooring to become slippy. Use precaution and always ensure you clean the product away after use to prevent accidents.


We hope you get your tiles scuff free with WD-40. Browse our blog for more WD-40 Uses and DIY tips.


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