Asked on Jul 20, 2016

How to remove deep scratches from vinyl floors

Tony Busch
by Tony Busch
I pushed a dresser across my basement floor instead of putting something under it. These are individual 12 inch tiles.
  12 answers
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jul 21, 2016
    If this is vinyl or linoleum tile, you will need to replace. A simple solution is put down a nice runner.
  • Emi Harr Emi Harr on Jul 21, 2016
    Well, I could probably give you a solution,. but I see absolutely no picture or anything to identify what your problem is.
    • Flossie Flossie on Jul 21, 2016
      Emi, the problem is deep scratches​ on a vinyl floor. Can you help?
  • Madilyn Madilyn on Jul 21, 2016
    I know Home Depot sells some stuff to fill in scratches on vinyl. I purchased some a year ago but I never got around to doing it so I don't know how it looks. I know it comes in various colors and I believe it works like a woodfiller or putty would but for vinyl.
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    • Tony Busch Tony Busch on Jul 22, 2016
      Madilyn - Thanks for the tip. I'm going to Home Depot on Sunday & see if they have the filler. Will let you know the results.
  • Teresa Teresa on Jul 21, 2016
    I have similar scratches on vinyl flooring made from pushing a walker around. I don't think they can be removed. Either live with them, cover them with a rug, or install new flooring
  • Flossie Flossie on Jul 21, 2016
    Tony, may I suggest you try gently sanding the area, just try a couple of inches at a time and repeat, gently is the way. You can then seal the offending lines with a little Poly sealer. This worked in my kitchen with marks made by my ironing board some time ago and it has held up nicely. Good luck. (if it fails, you can always buy a rug a suggested above).
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jul 21, 2016
    Clean the floor well, then try Mop & Glo on the entire floor to brighten up the sheen. Always check with the floor experts though. Best of luck.
  • Diane Diane on Jul 21, 2016
    I heard someone of using melted crayon? I never tried it but they said it worked. Dunno?? Anyone ever hear of that one?
  • Nan8294950 Nan8294950 on Jul 23, 2016
    Clean the area with acetone. Cheap acrylic paint to match, then wax the entire floor. Crayon won't hold, sanding will destroy the finish on surrounding floor.
  • Flossie Flossie on Jul 24, 2016
    Sanding is fine if you are careful and gently sand with an emery board, little at a time. This has worked for me and as you are only sanding the offending area it will not destroy the surrounding area.
  • Tim34144932 Tim34144932 on Sep 24, 2018

    I've used a vinyl floor wax, you buy it in a small block. Got mine from eBay

  • Lisa Lisa on May 15, 2020

    My vacuum sucked my floor to hard. Any way to fix it

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jun 30, 2021

    you can wax it but that is only a bandaid