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Tips For Fixing Floor Scuffs, Stains, Nics & More

SuppliesScrub (for scuffs & stains)

Cornstarch or Baking Soda

Remove Wax Buildup

Mark Eraser (for scuffs)

General Cleaner

1/8 cup liquid dish detergent
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup Borax
2 to 3 gallons hot water

Citrus Shine

(recipe on this page) [1]

Homemade Cleaner

1/2 cup household ammonia
2 gallons hot water

For Nics:

Curling Vinyl Tiles:
*First published August 6, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization


  1. Sweep or vacuum at least twice a week. If you have a busy household or pets in the house, sweep daily.
  2. Wipe up spills immediately – less scrubbing to do on wash day and less chance of permanent damage.
  3. The better the mop – the easier it is to do the job. Nothing worse than trying to scrub things down with a flimsy, worn out sponge mop.
  4. Keep mats at the home’s entrances and take off shoes at the door. Helps keep the dirt and grit levels down.
  5. Keep sweeping and mopping tools in top shape by regularly soaking them in a bucket of water and bleach or hot soapy water. Lay out in the sun to dry. Don’t use the bleach/water mix if your tools were used with vinegar or ammonia.
  6. If you find your floor looks dull or dirty all the time, try stripping it with a strong solution of ammonia & water (if the material can handle it without being damaged). Then reseal if necessary (use recommended method). Then change your cleaner and see if that makes a difference.

Careful: Make sure none of the ingredients will harm your surface before using. Test an area first. Don’t use an ammonia based solution if you have a wax floor (and want to keep it waxed) or tiled. Be especially cautious on wood and laminate, best to follow manufacturer’s instructions.