How to Repair Vinyl Floors

Vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable and durable types of flooring on the market today. Vinyl flooring comes in a wide range of colors, patterns and thickness. Depending on your choice of style, it may, in fact, go out of style before your vinyl flooring wears out. Although vinyl flooring is durable, it is not indestructible. Sometimes dents from dropped cans, tears from bar stools or chairs, and high heels can make an impact on vinyl flooring. Follow the instructions below in order to repair a tear or a small portion of the vinyl flooring.

Repairing Vinyl Floors
  1. Assess the damage. If the cut is small it will require a much shorter and easier method to fix it than if you have to replace a lot of older vinyl with newer vinyl.

  2. Place a small piece of vinyl flooring on top of the torn vinyl ensuring that both pieces are lined up line for line or pattern by pattern.

  3. Take a utility knife and cut through both pieces. Make sure your new piece matches the old piece exactly the way it was laid down before. The key to patching is to not let people know it’s a patch.

  4. Remove the damaged section with a putty knife or scraper if it has been glued down.

  5. Use a notched trowel to spread vinyl adhesive onto the plywood subfloor and underneath the edges around the perimeter you removed.

  6. Press the patch into place ensuring it matches exactly.

  7. Cover the new patch with a piece of wax paper.

  8. Place heavy flat objects such as books on top of the repair. This will ensure the tile is adhering to the subfloor.

  9. Allow the patch to dry for 24 hours before applying liquid seam sealer around the perimeter of the patch. If done correctly, the repair will be nearly undetectable.

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