How to remove scratches from your floors [Infographic]

FBD Insurance are putting out useful guides on their Creative Content Hub. Check out this handy article about how to remove scratches from your floors.

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A brand new floor is always something to admire. Sadly, that shiny new quality never lasts long, and scratches will soon start to appear from daily use. Thankfully, there’s no need to walk around with cotton socks all the time, as there are many simple ways to remove scratches from various kinds of flooring. From ceramic tiles to vinyl and even hardwood, each kind of flooring demands special kinds of treatment, and this easy-to-follow infographic will teach you how to keep your flooring in good nick… without the nicks?

How to remove scratches from your floors

To remove light scratches from Ceramic & Porcelain Tile

You will need:

  • Fine sandpaper
  • Vinegar
  • Clean Cloth
  • Clear Urethane Sealant (Liquid or Spray)
  • Toothpaste

How to do it:

  1. Clean the tile using vinegar and water. Leave to dry.
  2. Using a clean cloth, rub in a small amount of toothpaste (not gel) till the scratch is filled. Leave to dry.
  3. Lightly sand the area with sand paper until it has an even finish.
  4. Paint or spray on a thin layer of urethane coat to seal.

To remove light scratches from Cork

You will need:

  • Wood Filler
  • Cloth or Rag
  • Polyurethane Sealant
  • Wood Stain (to match)
  • Fine Sandpaper

How to do it:

  1. Fill in the sealant with wood filler. Leave to dry.
  2. Lightly sand the area with sand paper until it has an even finish.
  3. Using the cloth or rag, apply wood stain. Leave to dry.
  4. Apply a thin layer of urethane coat to seal.

To remove light scratches from Laminated Wood & Hardwood

You will need:

  • Soft, lint-free cloth
  • Car wax or wax crayon
  • White vinegar
  • Cloth or rag

How to do it:

  1. Clean the area using the cloth or rag with the white vinegar. Leave to dry.
  2. For hardwood – buff the scratched area with wire wool until the scratch isn’t noticeable. Rub with, not against, the grain.
  3. Apply the wax in a circular motion using the lint-free cloth. Leave for 10 minutes.
  4. Using the lint-free cloth, buff out the wax in a circular motion.

To remove light scratches from Vinyl

You will need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Cloth or Rag
  • Liquid Seam Sealer
  • Lacquer Thinner

How to do it:

  1. Ensure the area is well ventilated.
  2. Put on rubber gloves. Use the rag to wipe down the area with the lacquer thinner. Leave to dry.
  3. Place strips of masking tape around the scratch.
  4. Apply a layer of liquid seam sealer into the scratch. Leave to dry.
  5. Remove the masking tap.

To remove deep scratches from Laminated Wood & Hardwood

You will need:

  • While vinegar
  • Lacquer Sealer
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Wood Stain (to match)
  • Wood Filler (to match)
  • Putty Knife
  • Cloth or Rag

How to do it:

  1. Clean the area using the lint-free cloth and white vinegar. Leave to dry.
  2. Press the wood filler into the scratches and use the putty knife to smooth the surface. Leave to dry.
  3. With the cloth or rag apply the wood stain. Leave to dry
  4. Apply a thin layer of lacquer to seal.

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