Michelle said, “Rubber feet marks on vinyl boat seat. Have tried metho, turps, petrol and other typical kitchen cream cleaners. Have also tried stain go for carpets etc but to no avail.”
Dark rubber shoe soles often leave behind some rubber marks wherever they go. Rubber requires a solvent to be removed from a surface, and sometimes it is just a trial and error process to find the one that works. The methods below have a high success rate, so even if you have tried other similar products, give them a try.
You Will Need:
- A cleaning solution:
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Mineral spirits
- A cloth
- Vinyl protectant
Steps to Remove the Rubber Marks:
- Apply a cleaning solution (either WD-40 or mineral spirits) on a cloth or if using a Magic Eraser, wet the eraser. Always put the cleaner on a cloth rather than directly onto the surface to avoid any unwanted results.
- Rub the rubber marks with the cloth or eraser.
- As the rubber is transferred to the cloth/eraser, rotate it to a clean area.
- If the stains are stubborn, lay the cloth over the stain for a few minutes, ensuring that the solvent-soaked area is touching the stain, then try rubbing off the stains again. Be careful not to scrub so hard that you damage the vinyl.
- Once the marks are removed, clean the area with soap and water to remove the residue from the cleaning solvents.
- Treat the area with a vinyl protectant afterward to keep your boat seats in great shape.
- Never use bleach or products that contain bleach on boat seats.
- Never rinse off cleaning products into the water as even small amounts can be harmful to marine life.