State University Extension
Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500361
Rubber Heel Marks on Hard Surface Floors
A pencil eraser may remove them. If not, try a commercial concentrated
household cleaner containing petroleum solvent, or a solvent-based
cleaner. On resilient flooring, wash with detergent and water and rinse
to remove any solvent residue.
Cautions: When working with
any chemicals, carefully read and follow the label directions for using
that chemical, especially any cautions on safe use! With solvents, be
very careful to have ventilation, and no flame or spark in area!
The first time you use any procedure on any floor, test it first on an
out-of-the-way part of the floor to be sure it does not damage the
flooring or finish.
Notes: If steel wool is
suggested, use fine grade, 000 grade.
Scouring powder will help remove many stains, but can also permanently
scratch the floor. If you decide to use it, use only a mild type, and
be very careful about rubbing too much.
Concentrated liquid commercial household cleaners, rubbed onto a
stubborn spot, may remove it as well as scouring powders without the
danger of scratching. Rinse off well. Do not use on wood floors.
Do not use water solutions, or cleaners which have to be rinsed off
with water, on wood floors. Use a solvent or solvent-based cleaning
After removing a stain, rinse the area thoroughly, dry completely, and,
if floor finish has been removed in that area, recoat with appropriate
finish or wax.
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus
with references from the Floor Maintenance Manual, Chemical Specialties
Manufacturers Association Inc.
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