An excited dog paw; a rock stuck under a shoe; sliding new furniture into place; there are a lot of things that can scratch a ceramic tile floor. The bad news is, although tile is tough in the face of most wear and tear, it’s going to be difficult to protect your floors from every potential damaging hazard over years of use. The good news is, surface-level scratches are pretty easy to remove on your own.
If you’re dealing with a minor scratch, follow the steps below to make your tile look as good as new!
Step 1: Clean the scratch.
Removing all the dirt and debris from the scratch on your tile will make it easier for you to work and ensure your repair comes out looking clean. All you’ll need is warm water, dish soap, and a soft cloth to wipe it down. Avoid using abrasive materials, such as scrubbers, steel wool, or harsh chemicals, as these can actually make the scratch worse. Clean the entire length of the scratch—paying particular attention to the ends where dirt tends to gather—and then wipe it dry.
Step 2: Apply brass polish.
After you’ve cleaned the tile, put a small amount of brass polish on your cloth and rub it into the scratch using small circular motions. If the scratch is still visible after one round of polish, let it dry and then repeat the process until it’s gone. If you don’t have brass polish, you can also use toothpaste, baking soda, or vinegar.
Step 3: Seal with car wax.
Once the polish has dried, use a new cloth to apply car wax over the scratch. This will help adhere the polish and protect the area. Be sure to use car wax and not cleaner wax, as cleaner wax contains abrasive materials that could damage your tile again.
Sometimes, tough stains and scratches on your tiles are too tricky to successfully remove on your own. Don’t worry though, the tile and grout cleaning specialists at Horizon Carpet are here to help! Our professionals can clean, polish, and restore your tile floors until that they look as good as new.
To book our tile and grout cleaning services for your home or business, contact the Horizon team today!