How to Buff Burn Marks Off Tile Floors

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Things You'll Need

  • Bleach

  • Cleaning rag

  • Soft Scrub or other abrasive liquid with bleach

  • Old toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Baking soda

  • Fine abrasive powder (such as Bon Ami or Barkeeper's Friend)


If you know the company that installed the tile, contact it for advice on removing burn stains before trying to do it yourself.

If you make a dull spot on the tile and it's unsightly, consider using tile polish to bring back the shine.


Resist the temptation to scrub the stain hard. You can dull or scratch the tile permanently. Be sure to buff only on the stain and not the area around it to avoid making a larger spot.

Buff Burn Marks Off Tile Floors

Ceramic tile flooring is good to have in a kitchen or bathroom because it is durable and easy to clean. However, even the most careful person can accidentally burn the tile. If the tile is burned and not just stained, you will have to buff the stain out. Abrasives can permanently dull the tile, so you have to be careful. Using increasingly harsher abrasives, try these steps to get a burn off.


Step 1

Try bleaching the stain first. Rub the stain with a cleaning rag and undiluted bleach

Step 2

Use a gentle liquid abrasive such as Soft Scrub with bleach if the stain does not disappear. Put some of the liquid directly on the stain and wait a few minutes to let it soak in, then rub it gently with a rag.

Step 3

Move on to toothpaste and an old toothbrush if the stain is still there. Rub some toothpaste on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub it gently with the toothbrush. The stain should disappear or become significantly lighter.


Step 4

Try baking soda if the toothpaste does not work. Sprinkle baking soda on the stain, rub it gently with the wet toothbrush, and let it sit. Buff it gently again until the stain is gone.

Step 5

Use a fine abrasive powder if the stain is deep. Sprinkle the powder on the stain then rub it gently with a wet toothbrush. Let the powder sit on the stain for a few minutes, then gently buff it again with the toothbrush.


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Sarah Metzker Erdemir

Sarah Metzker Erdemir is an expat writer and ESL teacher living in Istanbul since 2002. A fiction writer for more than 25 years, she began freelance writing and editing in 2000. Ms. Metzker Erdemir holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Romance languages and linguistics as well as a TESOL Master of Arts degree. She has written articles for eHow, Garden Guides, and ConnectEd.