Amanny asked: How do I remove scuff marks from black kitchen appliances? There is a scuff mark on my fridge door, and I don’t know how to remove it.
Scuff marks can be caused by a variety of things. It’s important to ensure that the mark is simply a scuff, and not a scratch. Scuff marks occur when a layer (usually either rubber or paint) is left on the surface from something rubbing up against it. A scratch is a mark that goes into the surface, leaving a small indent. Scuff marks are fairly easy to remove, so if it does not remove easily, it may actually be a scratch.
Always test a new cleaning solution on a small hidden area first to look for any adverse reaction.
You Will Need:
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Rubber eraser
- Baking soda
- Cooking oil or petroleum jelly
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Scuff Marks:
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are very effective at removing both rubber and paint scuff marks from a variety of surfaces. If the scuff mark is small, you may want to cut a small square of the sponge off. This way, the entire sponge does not get wet and can be used more easily at a later time.
- Begin by moistening the sponge with water.
- Gently rub the sponge over the surface of the scuff mark and watch it disappear.
- Avoid applying to much pressure. It is not necessary and can actually rub away the finish on the surface.
- If there are no Magic Erasers available, a regular white eraser can also be used to rub away scuff marks.
- Windex has also been found effective and can be sprayed on and wiped away with a soft cloth.
- Another option is baking soda, which works particularly well for textured surfaces. Sprinkle some baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge and scrub off the scuff mark.
- Some scuff marks respond well to oil, such as cooking oil or petroleum jelly. Simply wipe the oil onto the mark, let it sit for a minute, then wipe off the scuff.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Rubbing a rubber scuff mark with a tennis ball works well to remove it from a non-textured surface.
- For a stronger solution, try scrubbing off the mark using steel wool in a circular motion. Be careful though; this can easily scratch some appliance surfaces, especially stainless steel.
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