How to Repair Scratches in Porcelain Tile

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How to Repair Scratches in Porcelain Tile
Tile is used for flooring, countertops and blacksplashes. (Thomas Northcut/Lifesize/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

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

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    Magic Eraser Method

  1. 1

    Wash the tile surface with a damp cloth.

  2. 2

    Wait until the tile is completely dry.

  3. 3

    Rub the scratch with a magic eraser product.

    Toothpaste Method

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Wipe the toothpaste off with a damp cloth.

    Vinegar Method

  1. 1

    Dab a clean cloth in household vinegar.

  2. 2

    Rub the vinegar on the scratch.

  3. 3

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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