How to Clean Black Marks off an Old Linoleum Kitchen Floor

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Clean black marks from linoleum with easy solutions.
Clean black marks from linoleum with easy solutions. (Image: texture floor image by Oleg Verbitsky from Fotolia.com)

Cleaning up old black marks on a linoleum kitchen floor can be difficult, and may seem impossible. There are however, a few remedies that can clean the black mark easily and quickly. So before you end up covering up the black marks with an area rug, or even worse, new flooring, consider some simple options for cleaning that linoleum floor in your kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • Soft cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Tennis ball
  • Drill
  • Large drill bit
  • Broom handle
  • Erasers

Apply about 1 tsp. of toothpaste to the black mark. Rub with a soft cloth until the mark disappears. Repeat if necessary until the mark is gone. Make sure the toothpaste is the paste rather than the gel type.

Buff away the marks with toothpaste.
Buff away the marks with toothpaste. (Image: brush with toothpaste image by Keith Frith from Fotolia.com)

Apply about 1 tsp. of baking soda to the black mark and rub in with a sponge. Repeat until the mark is gone.

Baking soda is another option.
Baking soda is another option. (Image: country kitchen nuts flour and sugar image by Stephen Orsillo from Fotolia.com)

Drill a hole into an old tennis ball. Insert the end of a broom handle into the tennis ball. Work over the area of the black mark with the tennis-ball broom. This will remove the mark without you having to bend over.

Try the tennis ball remover trick.
Try the tennis ball remover trick. (Image: tennis ball image by Ramona smiers from Fotolia.com)

Erase the marks with a regular eraser you would purchase in a school supply store.

Literally erase the marks.
Literally erase the marks. (Image: pencil and eraser image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

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