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How to repair scratches on ceramic tile

Updated March 23, 2017

Ceramic tile adds colour to your home, but it can be fragile in certain circumstances and can scratch easily. Although ceramic tile is easy to maintain, look closely at your tiles regularly to see if they have developed scratches. High-gloss or heavy glazed finishes are the most susceptible to scratches. If your ceramic tile is light-coloured, the scratches may be less obvious regardless of the finish. When the scratches are so deep that the white tile is showing through the coloured glaze of your tile, you'll most likely need to replace the entire tile rather than repair the scratches.

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  1. Apply a small amount of non-gel toothpaste directly to the scratch on your ceramic tile. You do not need to add much; use 1/2 of the amount of toothpaste you would use on your toothbrush.

  2. Rub the toothpaste into the scratch gently, using a damp cloth. The toothpaste is gently abrasive and works to rub the scratch out of the ceramic tile's finish.

  3. Rinse your ceramic tile with clean water until the toothpaste is completely washed away.

  4. Repeat the toothpaste rub if the scratch is still visible.

  5. Pour a small amount of brass-polishing solution onto the scratched ceramic tile. You can always add a little more brass polisher if you find you need more.

  6. Rub the brass polish lightly into the scratched tile with a soft cloth. Be careful not to press too hard so you do not scratch the tile further. Brass polishing solution is lightly abrasive, but can still cause additional scratches if you apply too much pressure.

  7. Rinse the ceramic tile with clean water.

  8. Repeat the process with additional brass-polishing solution if the scratch is still visible.

  9. Tip

    If you have ceramic tile on your kitchen countertops, always use a cutting board. Knives can scratch or chip the tile. Use furniture pads under chair and table legs to keep them from scratching ceramic tile floors. Keep extra tiles in the same colours and lot number if possible in case you need to replace some of your tiles.


    Do not drag items across ceramic tiles as this will cause scratches. Do not use abrasive cleansers or materials on your tile.

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Things You'll Need

  • Non-gel toothpaste
  • Soft cloths
  • Brass polishing solution

About the Author

Cricket Webber

Cricket Webber began writing for fun as a young adult and started writing professionally in 2010. She is based in the deep South. Webber specializes in articles on greener living. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Converse College.

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