How to Repair a Scratched Ceramic Floor Tile

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-100
What You'll Need
Dishwashing liquid
Warm water
Colored chalk
Clean soft cloths
Brass polisher, toothpaste or vinegar
Car wax

Floor tile maintenance is important if you hope to keep your floor in good shape. In some cases, scratched tiles have to be replaced; however, you may be able to repair the damage sometimes. It is almost impossible to avoid scratches from appearing on tiles in a regular household. Shoe heels, pet claws and children’s toys may leave scratches at some time or another. There’s a simple method you can use to repair scratches.

Step 1 - Identify Tiles

A scratched ceramic tile shows up easily. It shouldn’t be too hard to identify the tile in need of repair. It is a good idea to examine your floor carefully to identify all incidences of scratches. This way, you can undertake repair once rather than in subsequent stages. A well maintained ceramic floor makes the room attractive and pleasant to be in.

Step 2 - Mark the Tiles

Once you’ve identified all the scratched tiles, mark them with a piece of chalk. It's best to use chalk as it can be easily wiped away when you’re done.

Step 3 - Clean the Scratch

Fill the basin with warm water halfway. Add dishwashing liquid. Mix well to evenly distribute the soap in the water. Dip a sponge in the mixture and work on the scratch. Be sure to clean through the entire length of the scratch. This will eliminate all dirt and small particles from the area. Wipe the scratch dry with a soft cloth when you finish.

Step 4 - Apply Brass Polisher

Put a small amount of brass polisher on a clean, soft cloth. Alternatively, you may use toothpaste or vinegar. Rub the product into the scratch and all the edges. It is best to use small, circular motions. After a while the scratch should no longer be visible.

Step 5 - Apply Car Wax

Use a soft cloth to apply some car wax over the scratch. This will help seal the area.

Step 6 - Clean Chalk Marks

Use a damp cloth to wipe away the markings earlier made. Once repaired and cleaned, your ceramic floor should look as good as when first installed.


Examine the extent of damage caused by the scratch. If the damage goes beyond the surface color glaze, it is best to replace a scratched floor tile. Always buy enough tiles to keep some as extra when you install your floor. They will come in handy should replacement needs arise. It is difficult to get the exact match to your existing tiles when you purchase much later after installation.

Mistakes to Avoid

It is not a good idea to use sharp objects when dealing with a scratched floor tile. Avoid abrasives, tough scouring pads, and other rough materials. They will add to the damage. Do not try and clear the scratch before cleaning the area. If you proceed to apply any of the suggested materials without cleaning, surface color may be disrupted. The dirt will mix with the scratch clearing agent to give you a smudged appearance.