How to repair tears in vinyl flooring

tears in vinyl flooring

Installing vinyl flooring is a beautiful way to cover just about any room in your house. Vinyl is available in many styles and colors, so you can find a pattern to match any decor in any room. And, it’s fairly durable and it’s easy to clean. Just dust mop or sweep, and then damp mop, and a vinyl floor is just as attractive as ever!

One thing that can ruin the beautiful looks of vinyl flooring is if it gets damaged. Heavy wear and tear can cause wear marks, for example. Even though it’s durable, sliding heavy furniture across it can also cause tears and holes in it too.

So, in order to keep your vinyl floor looking like new, and to keep small damaged areas from becoming larger, you should repair any tears and other problems right away.

The first step in making a repair is to sweep the flooring thoroughly. Pay special attention to the area that needs repair. It needs to be clean and free from dust and dirt. A vacuum cleaner or Shop Vac (TM) will do the best job because it can remove the dust and dirt particles better than a broom can.

If the vinyl flooring is soiled, then you’ll need to damp mop it too. Allow it to completely air dry before you begin the repair.

Once the floor is ready, you can repair the tears in one of two ways. You’ll need to decide which method is best to use, depending on the damage.

If the damage is a simple raised uptear in the vinyl, you can glue it back down and back together. Use good quality floor glue that’s specially made for vinyl flooring. Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions on the container. Basically, though, you’ll need to use a plastic putty knife
to apply a liberal amount of the glue to the underneath of the tear.

Then, press down on the vinyl firmly. Wipe off any excess glue that oozes out from underneath with an old rag. Finally, place a heavyweight on top of it and allow it to sit undisturbed for several hours.

When the glue has dried, (refer to the manufacturer’s directions for dry time), remove the weight, and your vinyl flooring will look new again!

If the tear in your floor removed a piece of the vinyl, then you’ll need to patch the hole. To do this, you’ll need to use a sharp utility knife to cut about a quarter of an inch around the tear. Make the edges smooth and even. Carefully remove the cut piece and place it on a new piece of vinyl flooring that’s larger in size. (You may need to use a hair dryer to heat the glue in order for it to release.)

Then, use a lead pencil to trace around the cut piece. Use the utility knife again to cut the patch out.

Dry fit the patch into the hole and trim it to an exact fit. Then, use a plastic putty knife to apply vinyl glue to the hole. Make sure that the glue covers the entire area. Finally, fit the patch into the hole, and press it down firmly. Wipe off any excess glue with an old rag. Then, place a heavyweight onto the patch and allow it to dry undisturbed for several hours.

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