Scratched vinyl flooring is common because it is not a particularly hard surface so it is susceptible to damage from many items that may be dropped or dragged across it. Even dirt or small rocks that may be brought in on the bottom of shoes can easily scratch vinyl flooring. Also, dirt that may be present on the surface and is then stepped on or dragged on the bottom of shoes or feet may cause the same damage. If anyone wears shoes with hard leather soles, heels, or high heels, these can all be very damaging to the surface of a vinyl floor.
Making sure vinyl floors are swept and mopped very regularly are just part of the preventative maintenance required to keep these floors looking their best. The floor also fare better in homes where inhabitants remove their shoes altogether when entering.
On floor that have already suffered damage due to scratches, there are a few tricks you can use to repair the scratches or at least prevent them from getting worse.
One trick is to mix warm water with a little bit of mild dish or hand soap. Use the mixture with a sponge to clean the scratched surface area. Removing the dirt from the scratched area will provide a clean surface to work with. Once you’ve let the area dry, you can use a very light grade sandpaper to smooth the scratches so they blend in with the rest of the vinyl floor.
This must be done very carefully!
If you press too hard, you will create a bigger issue than the scratch. Sanding in a straight line along the scratch is helpful. To finish the job, use an even lighter grit sandpaper around the area and wash the debris away with a sponge. Waxing the flooring will also help blend the scratch to the rest of the floor.