How to Clean Black Marks off of Wood Floors

Clean, shiny wood floors can look great in any home, and leave you with lots of options for decorating, as there is a variety of décor that can match this type of flooring.

Wood floors need specific types of cleaning methods to prevent damage.Wood floors need specific types of cleaning methods to prevent damage.
But, sometimes wood floors can get black marks, like scuffs, which can make them look worn out. If you have black marks on your wooden flooring, learn how to remove them so that your floors can shine once again.

Vacuum the area that has the black mark using the brush attachment to get rid of any loose particles.

Rub the black mark with a pencil eraser with even, firm strokes. If the mark remains, continue to the next step.

Mix 1 ½ cups of linseed oil with 1/2 cup of rottenstone in a bowl until it forms a thick paste. Rottenstone is a gentle abrasive powder that you can find at most hardware stores.

Rub the mixture onto the stain gently with a clean sponge in small circles until the black mark is removed. Wipe away any remaining solution with a damp cloth.

Apply a wood polish to the area to condition it and make it shine. Follow directions on the wood polish.

Things You Will Need

  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Pencil eraser
  • Linseed oil
  • Rottenstone
  • Bowl
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Wood polish


  • You can also try a few other household items to remove marks on wood floors, like baking soda or white toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Clean floors by vacuuming with the brush attachment once a week and polishing at least once a month.
  • To prevent any dirt or stains on your hardwood floors, place a few rugs on the floor, maybe at the front door, for guests to wipe their shoes on.


  • Always test any treatments on a small, hidden area of your wood floors to ensure wood and varnish will not be compromised.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals, like ammonia or bleach, on your hardwood floors, or any other product that is not intended for use on hardwood flooring.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.