Many types of flooring falls into the vinyl floor category, including vinyl tiles, sheet vinyl and linoleum. Depending on the type and quality of the vinyl flooring, it can stand up to years of use. Vinyl flooring is not impervious to damage, deep scratches, nicks, gouge and even holes can occur on a vinyl floor. These can all be repaired even if it is a hole in a one piece vinyl floor or linoleum floor. Hopefully you have some leftover flooring from when you did the flooring installation project. if you don't have any extra flooring, don't worry there is a way around that.




Replacing a Vinyl Tile


The best way to repair an area that has significant damage is to replace the area. This is easy if you have tiles on the floor, it isn't overly difficult if you have a one piece sheet floor, the repair is just different.

For tiles, use a hairdryer to heat the tile and soften the adhesive bond. Use a metal paint scraper to scrape up the remaining adhesive from the subfloor. Be careful not to damage the surrounding vinyl tiles.

Paint vinyl adhesive onto the back of the vinyl tile and place it in the hole.

Use a roller to firmly press the tile into place and remove any air bubbles.

Use a damp rag to wipe up oozing adhesive.

Place a flat board over the tile and some heavy weights to hold it down.

If you don't have any extra tiles, remove a tile from under the refrigerator or under the dishwasher or stove. Use a hair dryer to loosen the tile, carefully and slowly pull it up and place any tile in its place. It doesn't matter because it won't be seen.



Repairing Holes, Deep Gouges a Large Nicks


Use a metal T-square or a straight edge piece of metal as a guide. Hold the metal straight edge firmly in place.

Use a very sharp utility knife to cut straight lines around the damaged area. If there is a straight line pattern to the floor, use the lines to help hide the repair later.

Heat the section of linoleum flooring to be removed with a hair dryer.

Use a putty knife to lift the section and pull it out.

Scrape off the old adhesive.

Cut a piece of linoleum to the exact same size as what was just removed to create a patch. If the floor is pattern try to match the pattern as closely as possible. If you don't have any extra linoleum, cut the patch from under the refrigerator, stove or dishwasher.

Apply adhesive to the floor.

Place the patch into the cutout.

Use a roller to press it in place and remove air bubbles.

Wipe up excess glue with a damp rag.

Place a board over the patch.

Allow the adhesive to dry completely.

Use a seam sealing kit to fuse the edges of the patch with the existing flooring. Seam sealing kits are available in home improvement stores, hardware stores and from the floor manufacturer.



Repairing Minor Damage to a Vinyl Floor


If you have a small hole or scratch, finely grind a small piece of the vinyl, mix the ground vinyl with adhesive. Use a putty knife to press the mixture into the hole or scratch.

If you have a small hole or scratch that is still the same color as the floor, apply thin coats of urethane to the damage, building it up until it is flush with the existing floor.




Repair Curling Edges


Use a hair dryer to free the adhesive bond about 1/2 an inch beyond the curling or lifting edge.

Scrape out old adhesive, dirt and debris.

Apply vinyl adhesive to the floor, use a roller to smooth out air bubbles and firmly press the flooring in place.

Clean up excess glue with a damp rag.

Place a board with weight on top.

Allow the adhesive to dry completely.

Use a seal sealing kit to fuse the edges of the floor together.