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Vinyl Floor Repair

Noteworthy Tips on How to Fix and Repair Damaged Vinyl Flooring

Using the right technique and tools is imperative, if you want to make sure that you don't worse the damage caused to vinyl flooring. With the following vinyl floor repair tips, rest-assured that you'll be doing a job well done.
Bidisha Mukherjee
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
When you install vinyl flooring, it enhances the look of any kind of living space. It comes in so many colors and styles, leaving you spoiled for choice. In general, a vinyl floor is highly durability. However, excessive wear and tear to the flooring, can lead to certain damages. Sometimes, the seams of the flooring loosen up and curl, or scratches appear over time. All these damages that are endured, make the vinyl floor look unattractive and worn out. However, there are ways on how you can restore its original, brand-new look.
How to Repair Vinyl Flooring
To repair a damaged vinyl floor properly, you have to first purchase a floor repair kit from a trusty manufacturer. It contains all the tools and materials that you'll need for the repair job. The next step is to prep the vinyl floor. Isolate the damaged portion of the floor by using painter's masking tape around it. This is done to avoid any kind of damage to the surrounding areas while repairing the vinyl flooring.
Then, clean up dirt and grime by wiping off the area with a damp piece of cloth, after dipping it into a soapy solution of mild liquid detergent and water. Let it dry properly before your proceed with the repair job. The techniques of how to repair different forms of damage, are given below.
Once you've thoroughly scrubbed away dust and debris trapped in the scratches, you have to sand the surface with sandpaper. Use medium grit sandpaper to give the rough edges of the scratches a good rubdown. Move the sandpaper along the lines of the scratches; this will eliminate most scratches from the floor. Then take a finer grit sandpaper and rub it in circular motion over the area surrounding the scratches.
Finally, sand the entire scratched surface all over again, with an 800-grit fine sandpaper in order to smoothen the surface. Always sand the flooring with a gentle hand in a slow fashion, so that no further damaged is caused. Clear up the sanded dust using a clean rag and plain water; leave the area to dry. Now, the sanded surface will look dull after the intense sanding. To restore its shine, rub a little floor wax on the previously-affected area.
Take a small amount of wax on a clean piece of cloth, and apply it on the sanded surface in a circular motion. Continue to rub the surface until its shine is restored. Wipe away any wax that may have spread to the adjoining area, and give the other portion that was just worked on, another good rub.
Seam Damage
Repairing the curled up edges of the vinyl flooring's seam, is quite simple to do. You have to soften the underlying old glue by heat application. You can use a hair dryer or iron for this purpose. If you are using an iron on the vinyl floor, make sure that you first put a layer of parchment paper over the surface, to protect it from direct heat. Apply a coat of vinyl flooring adhesive to the floor with the help of a paintbrush, and push the flooring back into place.
Any excess glue on the surface of the vinyl has to be wiped away with a clean, damp rag. Move a floor roller over this area, so that the flooring sets properly and that no air bubbles form inside it. Place a heavy item on the repaired area to hold it down while the glue dries up. Once the adhesive is dry, the flooring will look as good as new without any signs of damage. You must repair the vinyl floor seams as soon as you notice that it is coming off. If you delay the repair job, then that part may get damaged beyond repair.
Holes formed on the vinyl surface have to be repaired with a new vinyl patch, that has the same pattern. Cut out uneven edges of the damaged portion of the vinyl floor with a utility knife. Then cut a new vinyl patch of a size that is slightly larger than the hole itself. Scrape out the residue of the old adhesive from the substrate floor. Then apply some vinyl adhesive at the back of the patch and to the hole, before placing the patch over it.
Roll a heavy rolling pin over this spot to eliminate any air bubbles, and wipe any excess glue that may ooze from the sides. Keep something heavy over this area and leave it untouched for the next 24 hours, so that the glue adheres well. If you find any unevenness along the edges of the patch, sand the area with a fine grit sandpaper and buff with vinyl wax to restore its shine.
Because the price of vinyl flooring isn't all that cheap, you cannot afford to replace it every now and then because of some minor damage. Thus, repairing it yourself saves you a lot of money. However, if the floor's condition has deteriorated badly, then you have no other choice but to replace it with a new one. For the replacement job, you should know how to install vinyl flooring before attempting to do this. The task of installing this kind of flooring does not require much effort, but if you can't do it on your own, don't hesitate to seek professional help.