How to Remove Scratches on Ceramic Tile Floors

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Furniture and hard debris scratch ceramic floor tiles.
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While ceramic tile is designed to be a durable, easy-to-clean floor covering, it's still prone to scratches. A sharp edge on a metal chair leg may cause a scratch in the tile's finish; sliding a heavy appliance across the floor can do the same thing. In many cases, the scratch can be repaired with items you already have on hand. A severe, deep scratch or crack, on the other hand, may require replacing the individual tile.

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Step 1

Clean up any small debris near the damaged area, such as gravel tracked in from outdoors, to avoid causing additional scratches on the tile.

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Step 2

Wipe the scratched area down with a damp cloth to remove dirt and dust.

Step 3

Apply a dab of non-gel toothpaste to a damp cloth. Buff the scratched area gently with the cloth. Wipe the area down again with a fresh damp cloth to see if the scratch disappeared.

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Step 4

Pour a small amount of non-abrasive cleanser onto a paper plate or shallow bowl. Add just enough water to give it a paste-like consistency.

Step 5

Dip a soft cloth into the cleanser paste, and rub the paste over the scratch. Wipe the area again with a damp cloth to remove the cleanser.

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Step 6

Remove any stubborn portion of the scratch with a bit of toothpaste or cleanser paste, rubbing the area with a nylon scrub pad or a toothbrush. Wipe the area down once again with a damp cloth.

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