Tile floors are one of the most common uses of tiles around the world. Tiles are cheap and easy to install and have a long life. Tile floors come in a variety of materials, colours and patterns. However, one of the major problems with tile flooring is that the tiles get scratched easily. These scratches greatly tarnish the finish and look of the tiles. Further, most polishing and reconstruction techniques tend to be very expensive. Here are some easy home remedies for removing scratches from tile floors.
Clean the scratched surface with a mild soap and wipe it dry with a dry, absorbent cloth.
Prepare a thick paste of baking soda with water. Apply generous amounts of the paste on the scratched area, spreading it gently all around in circular patterns. Leave the paste on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes, and then scrub it with a toothbrush. Wash off the residue and let the floor dry completely. Repeat if necessary. This method is best used for minor scratches and blemishes.
Pour a few drops of acetone (nail polish remover) or paint thinner on the scratched area and leave it for a few minutes. Wipe the tiles till they are completely dry and free from dust or stains. Prepare a paste of white cement, 60 per cent white cement with 40 per cent water, and avoid mixing sand. Apply the white cement firmly into the scratch and remove the excess cement. Repeat if necessary. This method provides best results with white tile floors that have very deep scratches.
Apply small amounts of white toothpaste over the scratches. Rub gently and rinse it off. This method works best on very small scratches that are spread over a wide area.
If a scratch is very deep that the tile is on the verge of cracking, it is best to replace the tile. Clean the tile floors regularly. Mopping and vacuuming usually does the trick. Always ensure that tables and furniture are fitted with rubber stoppers in order to prevent damage to the floor. Prevention is better than cure, and good maintenance is the best way to prevent scratches.
Before trying out these remedies directly on the affected area, check to see if the agents used leave any stains on the tile. Do this on an insignificant and small area.