How to Repair Scratches on Luxury Vinyl Flooring

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how to repair scratches on luxury vinyl flooring

Luxury vinyl flooring is a great addition to any busy home. It is known for its water resistance as well as its resistance to scratches. 

Because of this durability, it is a good choice for people with children and animals. However, even the most cautious of families might end up with a scratch or two. 

When this happens, you can rest easy knowing that it is usually fixable. 

In this article, we have laid out everything you need to know about fixing scratches on vinyl flooring. By following these steps according to the severity of the scratches, you can get your floor looking new again. 

Key Takeaways:

Start by cleaning the floor, then rub it over with a tennis ball if needed. Apply a PU cleaner, then sand down the vinyl with medium grit. Finally, wax each vinyl plank to give it a perfect finish. 

Repairing Scratches on Luxury Vinyl Flooring: Basic Idea

Depending on how deep the scratches on your flooring are, one of these steps should repair it. 

Try each one in order if you are not sure how deep the scratches are. Keep moving onto the next one until the scratches are gone. 

  • Clean the floor
  • Rub with a tennis ball
  • Apply PU cleaner
  • Sand down the vinyl 
  • Wax the vinyl planks

How Does Luxury Vinyl Flooring Get Scratched?

how does luxury vinyl flooring get scratched

Luxury vinyl flooring is generally very resistant to scratches. However, there are always ways that your floors can get scuffed or gouged. 

One of the most common ways vinyl flooring gets scratched is with furniture

Furniture can have unexpectedly sharp edges on the feet, which, when combined with body weight, can produce scratches. 

One of the best ways to mitigate this is to attach felt to the bottom of your furniture. You can also put down area rugs where furniture like kitchen chairs will be moved around a lot. 

Pets and kids can also scratch up your luxury vinyl flooring. Small pebbles can get stuck in the bottoms of shoes and produce scratches as they are dragged along the floor. 

You can prevent this by instigating a “no shoes” policy in the house and keeping stones and dirt outside. 

Clean the Floors 

Before you do anything else, you will want to thoroughly sweep and mop the floors

Sometimes, small scratches can be removed by a complete mopping. If they are just little scuffs, you usually won’t have to do any more than this. 

If the scratches don’t come out with the first mopping, you can try again using a lint-free cloth. 

Spot clean the area where the scratches are using an approved concentrated cleaner. This can sometimes smooth out the scratched up area. 

If this doesn’t get the scratches out, you can move onto the next steps. 

At the very least, your floor will be clean and ready for some of the more heavy-duty repairs. You will also be able to see if there are any additional scratches that you didn’t notice at first.

Rub the Floors With a Tennis Ball 

If simply cleaning the floors doesn’t remove the scratches, you can try rubbing them with a tennis ball. 

This method might seem unorthodox, but it can be very effective with light scratching. 

Tennis balls have a slightly coarse texture without being tough enough to make gouges. This makes them a great tool for this kind of repair. 

Scratches are mostly visible because of the material that has come above the surface. 

A tennis ball can help buff away this material and make the scratches almost invisible. After buffing with the tennis ball, clean the area again with the lint-free cloth. 

Apply a PU Cleaner 

PU cleaners can be very helpful with removing moderate scratches. They are meant to be used on surfaces that are finished with PU, which vinyl flooring is. 

First, lightly sand the area with a fine-grit sandpaper. Then, clean the area with the lint-free cloth. 

After you have done this, hold the PU cleaner about a foot away from the floor and spray. Let the floor dry for at least five minutes and spray it again. 

You can do up to three applications of the cleaner. If it hasn’t removed the scratches by then, move on to the next method. 

If it has removed the scratches, be sure to let it dry for at least six hours before walking on it. 

Sand the Floors Down

sand the floors down

If worse comes to worst and your scratches are very deep, you can try to sand them out. 

Using a medium-grit sandpaper, sand the affected area of the vinyl plank flooring. 

Make sure you are sanding with the grain of the flooring. If you sand against the grain, you could end up making the scratches worse. 

After sanding, feel the surface and see if you can still feel scratches. If the surface is level, the scratches should be removed. 

Wax the Floors 

No matter which treatment you end up using, you should always wax the floor afterward. 

Waxing is a great way to make your floors shine and can help fill in any small scratching. Make sure that you let the wax dry completely before walking on it. 

Always be sure to ventilate the area as much as possible when using any kind of floor cleaner. Your safety is important and even if you’re using a small amount, it’s best to be cautious. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

faqs repair scratches on luxury vinyl flooring
  • How long do luxury vinyl floors last?

If you take care of them, luxury vinyl floors can last 25 years. 

They are incredibly durable and don’t wear out like hardwood. They also don’t scratch easily and, as demonstrated above, can be fixed if they are scratched. 

  • Can you put a refrigerator on vinyl plank flooring?

Since a refrigerator will be resting on multiple planks, it can be put on vinyl plank flooring. 

The only thing you want to avoid is putting something heavy on one plank. You should always spread out heavy loads onto multiple planks. 

  • Can water seep through vinyl planks?

Vinyl plank flooring is very water-resistant. However, if you have a persistent leak, it can seep under the planks. 

Always repair any leaks to ensure that they don’t leak underneath the floor and cause mold. 


Luxury vinyl plank flooring is a great addition to your home and can be incredibly durable. 

Preventing scratches is the best method for protecting your vinyl flooring. However, if you do end up with some scratching, there are multiple ways to get it fixed. 

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Michael J. O’Connor is a writer and marketing specialist from the Bay Area of California. A graduate of Sonoma State’s Creative Writing program, he spent many years as a contractor and carpet layer, learning the ins and outs of flooring and general contracting. When he’s not typing away at his desk, he enjoys hiking with his dogs, woodworking and collecting rare books. See full biography here.

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