How to remove scratches from ceramic tiles

Updated February 21, 2017

Ceramic floors are great for everyday use, even in a busy household. They can hold up to quite a lot and are easy to take care of with regular sweeping, mopping and immediate stain removal. Ceramic tile, however, can become scratched. Small scratches can be repaired at home but if the scratches are very deep, the tile may have to be replaced by a professional. Take care of your tiles to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.

Sweep the scratched area of tile so there isn't any debris getting in the way while you work. Make sure the area is clean and free of dust.

Apply a stain-removing sponge to the scratch to buff it out as much as possible. These can be purchased at any retailer.

Put some toothpaste on the scratch and rub it in, using a soft cloth. Keep buffing the scratch until you can't see it anymore. If the toothpaste doesn't seem to do the trick, wet the cloth with vinegar and rub the scratch away. Allow the tile to dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Stain/scratch removing sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Toothpaste
  • Soft cloth
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Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.