Thanks for the suggestions last week on my hardwood floor/jute rug situation. I didn't get the marks off but I did put a piece of felt under the rug to hopefully prevent more marks and keep the floor cleaner under the rug.
This is how the floor looked after I pulled up the rug. It was pretty dusty and dirty and you can see exactly where the marks are.
Per suggestion I had considered using Murphey's Oil Soap to try to get the marks off, it looked like it would work. But then per suggestion I started reading that you should never use it on your hardwood floors because it makes them super hard to refinish. So I tried vinegar with a paper towel. It worked the best out of everything but I was worried with it being straight up vinegar. So I watered it down and it didn't work as well. Then I tried Orange Glo floor cleaner because that is what I always use. It didn't do anything but clean up the floor. I finally gave up. I don't want the floors to be marked but I will always have a rug in that room to cover the marks. This is what the marks looked like after I cleaned with Orange Glo and then used the Orange Glo 4-in-1 system which I love.
To protect my floor in the future and keep it a little cleaner I decided I needed something under the rug. I didn't want one of those squishy mesh rug pads, they seem to stick and ruin hardwood floors. So I went the cheap and easy option, felt. I bought it at Hobby Lobby for $5 a yard. The bolt is 72" wide so I just needed 2 1/2 yards. I laid the felt down and cut around the rug.
Before the felt the rug never moved, I expected the same after the felt because of the rug size. But it does move if I pull on it and if it weren't for the table and chairs it would move around. Maybe a felt/rubber rug pad would be the solution?
I could not believe how much my rug has discolored over the past year. You can't tell unless you look at the back of the rug. Can you see where the table legs were?
While I didn't come up with a good solution at least my floor is clean? If it were my living room or a room that can be rearranged I would be a little more concerned with the pattern left on the floor, but in here the rug will always cover it up.
I have a love/hate relationship with these floors anyway. I am so thankful to have hardwood throughout the whole house. But I hate the fact that the previous owners put a coat of poly over the floors without sanding or cleaning them. There is paint and other junk trapped under the poly. Hopefully we will be able to refinish the floors if we stay in this house for a few more years. Have you ever refinished your wood floors while living in the house? I guess we would essentially move out since every room is hardwood?