How to Remove Scratches From Vinyl Flooring? (4 Methods)

Old vinyl floorings are riddled with scratch marks and lines. So, how to remove scratches from vinyl flooring?

To remove light (small) scratches from vinyl flooring, use vinyl floor cleaner or rubbing alcohol. This removes scratches and makes the floor shine. To remove deep scratches from vinyl flooring, sand the floor with fine-grit sandpaper and wipe it with rubbing alcohol or diluted vinegar. 

If the vinyl floor looks faded after removing the scratch marks, polish it with wax. However, if the vinyl floors have deep gouges or holes, you must replace the planks. 

Vinyl Plank Flooring Doesn’t Scratch Easily

Vinyl flooring doesn’t scratch easily because the planks are designed with a protective sheet on the top layer of the floor to protect it from scratches, scars, and dents. Also, some vinyl floors are made from recycled materials including stone plastic, tiles, and a fiberglass layer that doesn’t scratch easily.

So, because of the structure and makeup of the floor, vinyl planks don’t scratch easily. The top layer of the vinyl floor is made of recycled plastic and resins that make it hard and scratch-resistant.

On the other hand, sheet vinyl flooring isn’t as durable and scratches easier than vinyl planks. However, the fact that vinyl floors don’t scratch easily doesn’t mean that you won’t notice scratch marks on the flooring from time to time. 

Common Causes of Scratches on Vinyl Floors

Here are common causes of scratches in vinyl flooring:

  1. Hard Shoe Soles – The most common reason for a scratched vinyl floor is your shoe. If you walk over the vinyl with shoes that have hard soles, you will scratch the floor. High heels or stilettos can cause scratch marks on your vinyl floor since the heel of the shoe is pointed.
  2. Pet Claw Marks – The claws of your cat or dog can scratch your vinyl floor while the pet walks over the floor. Also, if your pet starts to dig into the vinyl floors, the floor will be scratched.
  3. Heavy Furniture – Heavy furniture, such as grand pianos or bookshelves, can cause scratches and dents on your vinyl floor. Also, dragging items across the floor instead of lifting them is a major cause of scratches on vinyl flooring.
  4. Doors – If the bottom of your door touches the vinyl floor, the floor will get scratched while you open or close the door. Over time, the scratch will get deeper and will damage the vinyl floor.
  5. Dropped Items – If you drop or spill items on a vinyl floor, the floor can develop scratches.
  6. Dirt From Outside The Home – Dust nibs, sand, dirt, stones, and debris that you bring into the home can also cause scratches on the vinyl floor. If you walk over your vinyl floor with your gardening shoes, the dirt under the shoes will cause tiny holes and scratches that can be difficult to fix.

Removing Light-Fine Scratches From Vinyl Flooring

How To Remove Light-Fine Scratches on Vinyl Flooring?

Light-fine vinyl scratches are scratch marks that are at the top of the vinyl layer but didn’t penetrate the floor. These scratches are caused by dropped items or shoe soles. 

In some cases, the light-fine scratches aren’t even scratches but marks that were caused by stains and ink such as pencils.

Here are the tools you need:

  • Rubbing alcohol or vinegar
  • Clean rags
  • A floor brush
  • Vinyl floor cleaner

1. Wipe and Clean the Affected Spot

First, remove dirt and dust from the floor using a clean rag or mop. To remove stubborn stains use a floor brush. 

Shine a light on the floor to get a clear view and notice where the scratches are. 

2. Use a Clean Rag to Wipe the Scratch Mark

Use a clean rag to wipe the scratched area. Usually, you can remove light-fine scratches by using a rag. So, if the scratch was caused by ink or pencil, a clean rag (dampened with warm water) will remove it.  If the dampened rag doesn’t remove the light scratch, you must use a solvent.

3. Wipe the Scratch With Solvent

To remove stubborn light scratches from vinyl flooring:

  1. Damp a clean rag with rubbing alcohol or vinegar. 
  2. Use the dampened rag to wipe the scratched spot.
  3. Wipe the scratches spot up to 3 times. 
  4. After removing the scratches, clean the affected spot with a mop and let it dry. 

Removing Deep Scratches on Vinyl Flooring

How To Remove Deep Scratches on Vinyl Flooring?

Deep scratches on a vinyl floor are more difficult to remove than light-fine scratches. This is because these scratches penetrate into the vinyl floor. So, you can’t remove these scratches by wiping them off or using a solvent.

However, here are the top two methods to remove them:

1. By Sanding and Waxing The Deep Scratch

You can remove deep scratches from vinyl floors by sanding and waxing the floor. However, if the scratch has affected, cracked, or weakened the vinyl floor, you must replace the vinyl plank.

Here are the tools you need for this:

  • Sandpaper of different grits
  • A mop
  • Floor brush
  • Vinyl floor cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol or vinegar
  • Vinyl floor wax or polish

Here’s a step-by-step for this vinyl floor scratch repair guide:

  1. Wipe and clean the affected spot with a mop to get rid of dust.
  2. Sand the scratched spot with medium-grit sandpaper.
  3. Remove the dust and sand again with fine-grit sandpaper.
  4. Remove the dust and wipe the affected spot to see if the scratch mark has been removed.
  5. Use vinyl floor cleaner, rubbing alcohol, or vinegar to wipe the affected spot
  6. Wait for a few minutes and apply wax to the affected spot to make the floor shine.

2. By Using a PU Scratch Fix Pen

PU scratch fix pen can remove deep scratches from vinyl flooring. You can press the pen into the scratches surface, and the PU pen will fill the scratch with vinyl sealer. This makes the vinyl scratch disappear. 

The vinyl sealer is also designed to be strong and scratch-resistant meaning that the affected spot will not be prone to scratches after using the pen on it.

To use this method, you’ll need:

  • PU scratch fix pen
  • PU repair spray
  • Clean cloths

Here is a guide for this method:

  1. Clean the affected spot with a clean cloth.
  2. Shake the PU pen for 20 seconds.
  3. Point the PU pen upwards and remove the lid.
  4. Wrap the tip of the pen with a cloth and press the pen till you see the sealer come out.
  5. Put the tip of the pen on the scratch and press the pen to expel the sealing compound.
  6. While pressing the pen, gradually move it along the scratched spot.
  7. After the spot has dried, spray it with the PU repair spray.
  8. Leave the spot to dry for a few minutes and then inspect it to see if the scratch has been removed.

Preventing Scratches on Vinyl Floors

The following expert tips will help prevent scratches on your vinyl floor:

  1. Use doormats or rubber fittings beneath doors to prevent the door from scratching the vinyl floor
  2. Install carpets over your vinyl flooring to prevent scratch marks.
  3. Wipe and clean the floor regularly to get rid of scratch stains.
  4. Put floor mats outside the front door so you don’t bring in dirt on the vinyl floor inside.
  5. Put foam padding under furniture legs.
  6. Don’t drag items across the floor
  7. Don’t put heavy furniture on a vinyl floor. If you hear squeaking noises from the floor after putting an object on it, it’s an indication that the item is too heavy for the floor to support.

Final Words

Vinyl floors are durable, but they can get scratched. To remove light scratches from vinyl flooring, use a water-dampened rag and wipe the scratched spot. To remove deep scratches from vinyl floors, sand the scratched area and wax it or use a PU Scratch-fix pen. 

Use a waterproof carpet and doormat, and don’t drag items across the floor to prevent scratches on your vinyl floors.

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