How to Repair Scratches in Porcelain Tile

Updated February 16, 2017

Porcelain tiles are fired at higher temperatures than regular ceramic tiles, resulting in exceptional stain resistance and durability. However, they are not indestructible. On countertops, scratches from knives and cooking implements may mar the surface. On floors, high heel shoes, chair legs or even sand can damage the tile's surface. Porcelain tiles with high-gloss finishes are more susceptible to scratches than those with matt finishes, while brightly coloured tiles show scratches more than tiles in neutral colours. Buff or hide minor scratches, but consider replacing extensively damaged tiles.

Wash the tile surface with a damp cloth.

Wait until the tile is completely dry.

Rub the scratch with a magic eraser product.

Dab a dime-size amount of white toothpaste onto the tile.

Rub the toothpaste firmly into the scratch. The toothpaste gently smooths the edges of the scratch, blending it into the surrounding tile.

Wipe the toothpaste off with a damp cloth.

Dab a clean cloth in household vinegar.

Rub the vinegar on the scratch.

Wipe the surface with a damp cloth to rinse the vinegar away.


Prevent scratches to tile floors by vacuuming or sweeping them regularly to remove dirt and sand. Lay throw rugs at entryways and in high traffic areas and place furniture protector pads under table and chair legs. Protect porcelain tile countertops by using trivets, cutting boards and towels. Keep extra tile on hand for replacing damaged tiles.

Things You'll Need

  • Magic Eraser
  • White toothpaste with baking soda
  • Clean cloths
  • Vinegar
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