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How To Repair Damaged Vinyl Flooring

Sep 5, 2008
Vinyl floors are so popular because they are very easy to clean and maintain. The high quality flooring that is produced today requires very little maintenance beyond sweeping and mopping. However, vinyl flooring is not immune to tears or holes. If this occurs, there is a way to repair the damaged flooring without replacing the entire floor. It is a pretty easy fix if you have a remnant piece of vinyl flooring that you can match it to. If you don't have a remnant piece of flooring you can usually check with a local flooring store who will often have a large selection of remnants in stock. In this article we will discuss the best method to repair a damaged vinyl flooring.

To get started there are some tools and materials that you will need which include a carpenters square, a utility knife, a notched trowel, a remnants of vinyl flooring, lacquer thinner, liquid seem sealer and vinyl floor adhesive.

1. The first thing to do is to thoroughly clean the section of flooring that is to be replaced with soap and water. Allow the floor to completely dry.

2. Take a piece of the remnant flooring and cut it slightly larger than the damaged area. Make certain that the patterns match. Place the piece over the damaged area and secure it to the floor using masking tape.

3. Using a utility knife, carefully cut through both pieces of flooring. This will ensure that the replacement piece will be the exact size.

4. Remove the masking tape and both pieces of flooring. You may have to use the utility knife to gently pry the edges free of the damaged piece. After you have removed the damaged piece, scrape the remaining glue off of the area underneath.

5. Using the notched trowel, take the vinyl adhesive and spread it on the area. If the area is too small to use a trowel, you can use a small putty knife to spread the adhesive. Allow the adhesive to set up according to the manufacturers recommendations.

6. Once the adhesive has set up, take the remnant piece of vinyl and carefully set it in place. Press the vinyl down gently and use a damp rag or sponge to remove and adhesive that protrudes from the sides. Be careful not to press too hard on the vinyl because doing so may create a dent in the new piece of vinyl. A good way to keep constant even pressure is to use a flat weight and place it on top of the replacement vinyl until it fully cures. Refer to the adhesive manufacturers recommendations for cure times because they vary with different adhesives.

7. Once the vinyl has fully cured, remove the weight and clean thoroughly using a damp sponge to remove remaining adhesive. If there is remaining adhesive that will not clean up with a damp sponge, you will need to use lacquer thinner to completely remove it. If there are some edges which appear to be uneven, you can use your finger to gently smooth them out.

Using these guidelines, you can repair most vinyl flooring easily.
About the Author
The author is the owner of Evans Painting in Birmingham Alabama and has over twenty five years experience as a professional painting contractor. For more information visit Evans Painting
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