How to Remove a Scratch From Tile

Tile floors are incredibly strong and many are even covered in a scratch resistant coating, but it is nearly impossible to keep a scratch from occurring on your tile floors. The tile often becomes scratched from shoe heels, children’s toys, pet claws and from dragging objects across the floor. One of the keys to removing a scratch from tile is using the proper supplies. The time and effort involved in repairing the floor is minimal.

Step 1

Mix a bucket with ¼ cup dishwashing liquid and warm water.  Dip a sponge into the solution, and scrub the scratch on the tile, especially eliminating all debris and soil from the scratch itself.

Step 2

Sand the scratch with 200-grit sandpaper.  Use the coarse sandpaper to attempt to smooth the scratch and sand down the rough edges.

Sand in a back and forth motion. 

Step 3

Switch to 100-grit sandpaper, and smooth around the inside area of the scratch with a circular motion. 

Step 4

Change to a fine, 50-grit sandpaper, and sand down the entire length of the tile scratch, especially smoothing out the edges of the scratch, so they blend with the remainder of the tile. 

Step 5

Apply a strong car wax to the scratch using a soft cloth.  Dip the cloth in the car wax, and work down the scratch in a circular motion, buffing the scratch with the wax.

Step 6

Remove any extra wax from the edges of the scratch with a clean cloth. 

Things You Will Need

  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Sponge
  • 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid
  • 200-grit sandpaper
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • 50-grit sandpaper
  • Car wax
  • Two soft cloths


  • When cleaning your tile, be certain your sponge is thoroughly damp to avoid putting scratches in the tile.
  • Keep your pets off your tile floors if possible.
  • Avoid rolling vacuums, trash cans and other objects across your tile floor.

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