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No matter how much you try, walls refuse to stay scuff-free! They just appear out of thin air but we can blame that on heavy furniture that gets knocked against the walls or footwear accidentally striking them. Now that we cannot avoid scuff marks, the only way to make sure the walls look clean is to learn how to remove them.
Scuff marks don’t just affect walls, but floors, tiles, and wallpapers are also easy victims. However, a good thing is that you can easily remove them using some simple steps. Through this article, we’ll tell you all the ways you can remove scuff marks from walls (and floors), so scroll ahead!
Materials You Will Need to Remove Scuff Marks
Removing scuff marks may not be tough, but it involves some serious preparation. You can only remove scuff marks successfully if you have the following materials ready at home. If not, we suggest you get them pronto.
Tools you should keep in handy:
- Soft cloth, preferably white
- A magic eraser or a sponge
- Art gum eraser
- Some paint for touch-up
- A small bowl
Materials you’ll need for cleaning the walls:
- Dishwashing liquid or soap solution
- Some baking soda
The reason behind we’ve offered you a list of materials you will need is to firstly, offer you options to choose from and secondly, to ensure that you don’t use harmful chemical substances that will spoil your walls more.
How to Remove Scuff Marks From Walls – 3 Steps
You must be thinking, it’s just cleaning, why would I need a list of steps and materials to clean my walls? Well, scuff marks can be very stubborn, and scraping them off can also result in scraping off paint. However, all walls are not painted, some can be tiled or wallpapered.
So, to make sure that you don’t end up destroying your beautiful walls, it is important to follow certain steps.
Step 1- Gently start with some water
You can start off by simply using a soft damp cloth to rub the scuff marks off the walls. Many of these scuff marks can be removed easily, and it is safe as well because there’s no risk of damaging paint.
Just dampen the white soft cloth, gently start applying pressure and if the mark comes off, rub the cleaned area with a dry soft cloth.
Step 2- Follow with a dishwashing solution
Chances are that rubbing just a damp cloth won’t get you anywhere, so what follows next? The dishwashing liquid. Yes, it’s time to take out the big guns!
Start with mixing 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and creating a solution. Now, pick the same white cloth and dip a corner in this solution. Scrub the marks and if they are still visible somehow, spread a bit of baking soda on your cloth before scrubbing the spot again.
Whenever the scuff mark fades away, use a cloth dipped in plain water to clean the wall and then dry it off.
Step 3- Use a sponge with gentle pressure
If you still find some leftover scuff marks that refuse to go away, the last resort is to try a cleaning sponge. The melamine cleaning sponge which is like a cleaning magic eraser works wonders to carefully remove scuff marks from walls.
All you have to do is dampen the sponge and squeeze out excess water. Now use the damp sponge to scrub the mark with gentle and steady pressure. Excessive pressure and scrubbing can make your paint chip off, so be careful with that.
Note: Do not panic in case you scrub too much and chip off the paint. You can touch up the wall using some paint and give it a new glossy finish in no time.
Alternative Ways to Clean Scuff Marks on Walls
Chemical erasers are liberty that not everyone can afford or risk for on their walls, but what about a clean pencil eraser? It is a very good alternative for a chemical eraser and can be gently rubbed to remove scuff marks on walls.
Use a Tennis Ball!
Many of you would be surprised by how effective a new and clean tennis ball can be when used as a tool for scuff marks. The soft felt coating is a tennis ball that helps remove scuff marks fairly easily. You can even insert a stick in your tennis ball to reach higher places or when using it for bigger work.
Baking Soda to the Rescue
Our secret ingredient when fighting against scuff marks is nothing else but the trusted baking soda. All you need to do is mix it with water to create a mildly abrasive, eco-friendly cleaner, that can be used to clean scuff marks on walls. Use a soft cloth or sponge and apply only gentle pressure on the walls.
Use Some Toothpaste
A non-gel white toothpaste can be used for more than just cleaning your teeth. It can provide you with satin-finished walls that have a glossy shine to them. Make sure you use the toothpaste on walls with ceramic tiles and apply using a clean toothbrush or a cotton ball.
How to Remove Scuff Marks on the Wallpaper
Cleaning or removing scuff marks from walls also means taking into consideration wallpapers. Now, the issue is that most wallpaper can not be cleaned with water. Even using a sponge and applying gentle pressure can lead to holes in the wallpaper or fading of color.
This is why when it comes to removing scuff marks from wallpaper, we suggest using an art gum eraser. If they still do not go away, you can use a stronger solution like a liquid dishwashing detergent.
Note: Always test the solution in a small section of the paper to check if it is working for you or not.
How are Scuff Marks on Floors Different from Scuff Marks on Walls
Many scuff marks are not limited to walls, in fact, the floors aren’t safe from them either. Similar to walls, scuff marks on floors should also be treated with gentle care to prevent damage.
One of the easiest ways to prevent scuff marks is to request your guests to remove their shoes before they enter your house. Also if you’re rearranging your furniture, seek help for carrying it so you don’t have to drag and leave skid marks.
How to Remove Scuff Marks from Floors
Let’s look at certain instructions and ways that can help you clean scuff marks from floors. This is based on the kind of flooring you may have!
For Wooden Floors
Wooden floors need gentle care, hence to be safe, you should start removing scuff marks using a tennis shoe. The most important point is to use only a light-soled tennis shoe and to ensure that the bottom of the shoe is clean! Now all you need to do is use your hand and push the shoe gently on the scuff mark in twisting motions. This method is fairly effective in removing scuff marks from wooden floors.
Another tool you can try is a large pencil eraser. These erasers can be found anywhere in your local supply stores. Similar to the shoe, the important marker is to use a light-colored eraser, if not you could end up leaving more scuff.
For Tile, Laminate, and Other Hard Floors
If the above-mentioned methods aren’t effective in cleaning tiled and laminated flooring, we have some other tips to help you through.
- One of these involves using some nail polish remover. You can rub the nail polish remover on your floors in small circular motions using a microfiber cloth. Make sure you dry off the floors with a clean cloth to remove any leftover solution. Before applying, test the solution on a small area of your flooring.
- Another method we strongly recommend for removing scuffs on hard floors is baking soda. Mix baking soda and warm water in equal parts to create a thick paste. You can use baking soda without worry because it is a mild abrasive, which means it is gentle yet firm enough to clean floors.
This was all for our guide on how to deal with scuff marks on walls and floors. You can effectively use this information to clean up and remove any stubborn scuff marks easily at home!