How to Remove Rug Pad Marks From Your Floors (Updated)

Have you noticed that the pad you put under your rug has left residue on your floor? If so, then we can teach you how to remove rug pad residue from concrete floors and other types of flooring.

We like rug pads because they hold decorative rugs in place. As long you put a pad under your rug, you shouldn’t have a problem with the rug slipping out of position.

Easily remove rug pad for hardwood flooring

Many rug pads remain in place, though, because they have rubber backings that can leave residues or stains on the floor. When that happens, you need to know how to clean rug pad markets to keep your floor in perfect condition. No matter what kind of floor that you have, you don’t want it tarnished by residue.

In this article, we’ll teach you a few methods for removing sticky residue from floors and removing stains from flooring.

Use a Lubricant to Remove Rug Pad Residue From Concrete Floors

Certain types of lubricants can loosen residue rug pad residue from concrete floors. WD-40 stands out as the most popular option. In fact, WD-40 Company recommends using its product to clean adhesive residues.

Start by spraying a liberal amount of WD-40 on the rug pad residue. Let it sit for a few minutes so it can loosen the residue from the concrete floor. After a few minutes have passed, try to wipe away the residue with a microfiber towel. More likely than not, you’ll find that most of the residue comes up easily.

How to quickly remove rug pad residue from concrete floors

If you still have some rug pad residue left on the concrete floor, repeat the process by spraying the area with WD-40, waiting a few minutes, and wiping up the mess.

Keep in mind that WD-40 can stain concrete floors. You can avoid staining your floor by working quickly.

If the WD-40 leaves a stain, then you can wash it away with detergent. Once you wash away the detergent, spread sawdust or kitty litter on top of the stained area. The sawdust or kitty litter will slowly absorb the liquid and remove the stain from your concrete.

WD-40 isn’t the only product that can clean rug pad marks. While it works great on concrete floors, you probably don’t want to use it on tile or wood flooring. Alternative options include:

Goo Gone makes products for a variety of surfaces, so be sure you choose one that’s right for your floor.

Carefully Scrape Off Rug Pad Marks

A rug pad that has been on your floor for less than a year probably won’t leave behind much residue. If you only need to clean a small area of your floor, then you can use a paint scraper.

Take special care when you try this option. If you use too much force, then you could damage your floor.

Many people find it useful to combine WD-40 with the scraping method. If WD-40 doesn’t loosen the stain enough for you to wipe it away, then you may need to let the WD-40 sit overnight. Then, you can use a scraper to (carefully!) remove the gunk that’s left behind.

Find a DIY Recipe for Removing Stains From Flooring

The internet has hundreds of DIY recipes that you can use to remove stains from your flooring. The type of DIY recipe that you choose, however, depends on the type of flooring that you have.

Try the following options to removing stains from various flooring materials.

Vinyl Flooring

For vinyl flooring, an all-purpose cleaning solution should work well. Mix:

  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent
  • 2 gallons of hot water

Tile Flooring

To remove rug pad gunk from tile flooring, you can use the same DIY recipe that works on vinyl flooring.

Wood Flooring

Since the above recipe contains vinegar, you may not want to use it to clean your wood flooring. A small amount of vinegar shouldn’t hurt your hardwood flooring, but it can cause damage over time. It’s best to just choose a different option.

You can still make your own cleaner by following this recipe. Mix:

  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 2 drops of natural cleaner, such as castile soap
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oils (choose a scent that you prefer)

Put the mixture into a spray bottle and saturate rug pad gunk. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away your mixture and the stubborn rubber from the rug pad.

Avoid Rug Pad Marks by Following Floor Maintenance Tips

After talking to our customers, we’ve learned that rug pad marks usually form after the pad has been sitting in one spot for several years. That means you can avoid the problem by following some basic floor maintenance tips.

Prevent rug pad stains and gunk by:

  • Cleaning your rugs regularly.
  • Removing your rugs to clean the underlying floor at least once per year.
  • Sweeping tile, laminate, vinyl, and hardwood floors weekly.


In most cases, people find it relatively easy to remove rug pad marks. If you cannot remove the marks, then reach out to the floor cleaning professionals at Express Flooring. We’re happy to clean any type of floor that you have in your residential or commercial property.

How to Remove Rug Pad Marks From Your Floors (Updated) was last modified: September 26th, 2018 by Express Flooring