When furniture rests directly on wood flooring, scuffs happen. A chair sliding across the floor as you push out from the dining room table may scuff the floor, or a bed leaves its mark as children dive on it. While a scuff is not as deep or severe as a scratch or gouge, it's a visible mark nonetheless, marring the floor's finish. Scuffs can generally be cleaned and buffed away without requiring sandpaper or varnish, as they only affect the surface of the floor's finish. It may take several tries using different techniques to remove the scuff completely.
1. Dampen a corner of a soft towel, rubbing the damp area over the scuff. The moisture and pressure may be enough to rub away the scuff. Wipe the water off the wood with the dry portion of the towel.
2. Wipe the scuffed area slightly with a damp sponge. Rub a pencil eraser over the scuff, then wipe again with the damp sponge to remove the eraser debris. Wipe dry with a soft towel.
3. Rub a tennis ball over the scuff until the scuff disappears. The fabric on the ball buffs away some scuffs.
4. Clean the scuffed area thoroughly to remove any discoloration by wiping it with a damp soft cloth, then drying the area with a dry soft cloth. Mix a tablespoon each of white vinegar and olive oil in a shallow bowl. Pour a small amount of the solution over the scuff or scuffs and allow it to sit overnight. Dry and buff the area with a dry soft cloth.
Things You Will Need
Clean pencil eraser
Damp soft cloth
Dry soft cloth
Pads underneath furniture legs prevent scuffs on the floor. An area rug under sofa legs helps prevent scuffs and scrapes caused by the sofa shifting as people sit down.
For chairs that are moved frequently, such as in a dining room, flip the chairs to ensure that some of the chair legs haven't lost their protective caps or pads. Replace any missing protective elements to prevent additional floor scuffs and scratches.
If you discover a scratch in the wood after treating a scuff, fill it in with a marker or crayon slightly lighter than the wood finish, followed up with another slightly darker shade. Buff with a soft cloth to blend.