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How To Make Basic Repairs On Vinyl Flooring

Construction & Contractors Blog

Vinyl flooring has come a long way over the years. It is far more durable than it once was and it comes in a variety of patterns and colors to coordinate with the rest of your home's style. Unfortunately, even the highest quality vinyl flooring can become damaged when moving appliances or during everyday life. Here, you will learn how to repair some of the damage that can make your beautiful vinyl flooring look aged and unsightly.

Lifting or Separating Seams

Large areas with vinyl flooring are likely to have seams that can be damaged from everyday wear and tear. To repair the seams:

  • Use a clean metal putty knife to lift the edges of the flooring.
  • Gently scrape away the old flooring adhesive and debris that may be stuck under the edges of the flooring. Use an old toothbrush to sweep away the debris to create a clean, smooth surface to re-adhere the flooring.
  • Apply a small amount of flooring adhesive to the area and press the flooring back into place. Use a seam roller or rolling pin to smooth the seam.
  • Place a stack of books, pot of water or some other heavy object over the seam to hold everything together as the adhesive dries.

Burns or Large Gouges

Burns or large gouges can be repaired by patching the flooring. If you do not have extra flooring saved for such an instance, you may have to move your refrigerator or oven to access matching flooring. To patch the damage:

  • Remove the damaged area using a sharp utility razor knife. If you have lines in your flooring, use the lines as a guide on where to cut. This way, the seams from the patch will be less visible after the task is done.
  • Make a patch the exact same size as the area that you have removed. If you have used the vinyl flooring from under one of your appliances as a patch, replace the area with the damaged flooring to protect the wood subflooring from moisture damage.
  • After cleaning away any debris and dust from the area, apply a small amount of vinyl flooring adhesive to the wood subfloor.
  • Carefully position the patch over the adhesive and press it in place. Use a roller to roll from the center of the patch outwards to spread the adhesive under the entire patch. Wipe away any adhesive the seeps out through the seams.
  • Place a heavy book, pot of water, or other heavy object on the patch until the adhesive has dried.

These repairs can make your vinyl flooring look great once again. If you have tried to repair your flooring and it does not look as good as you would like, or if the damage is beyond repair, talk with a company like Apex Floor Coverings to discuss having new flooring installed.

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7 January 2015