How to Fix Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl flooring is highly durable and resilient, though it’s not invincible. Although if you encounter some wear and tear in your vinyl floor, you don’t have to entirely replace it, just fixing it would be enough. It’s normal for your vinyl floor to experience normal wear and tear; immense exposure to moisture can cause the floor to bubble up which can then become vulnerable to wear and tear. You can just glue down the ripped part if the edges are not jagged.
1. If your vinyl floor has minimal damage there is no need of replacing the entire floor, just use a scrap piece of your flooring material and set up a patch, which will make the wear entirely undetectable.
2. Take a piece of scrap vinyl that matches the pattern around the damaged vinyl. Make sure the piece is at least 4” long and wide than the pattern which surrounds the damaged area.
3. Now tape down the matched scrape vinyl to the vinyl on the floor using duct tape. Make sure not to cover the design around the damaged area.
4. Take a sharp utility knife and make a cut along the lines of the design. Next, hold the knife straight and make a cut along with the break of the line and not through the center of the pattern line. The next step is to score to vinyl while firmly pressing so as the blades go directly through the patch and the vinyl floor.
5. Remove the tape and the damaged vinyl once you’ve cut out the pattern. Breakaway the vinyl from the adhesive using a putty knife.
6. Dry-fit the patch once you’ve cleaned the entire adhesive. Level the bottom edges of the patch or trim the patch using a utility knife. Once the edges are leveled, the patch will fit in perfectly.
7. Now apply to the floor an even coat of adhesive for vinyl using a putty knife.
8. After the application of adhesive, gently press the patch onto the floor. Take a damp rag and clean the seams. Next, place a heavy object over the patch according to the recommended drying time of the glue.
9. Once the adhesive has completely dried off, clean the patch and mix a vinyl seam sealer. This will melt the seams together so that the patch blends perfectly with the rest of the vinyl flooring.
Using a dryer, warm the damaged area in a back-and-forth motion, until the flooring feels flexible. Now, smoothly stretch both sides of the damaged section inward to close the gap. The next step is to apply acrylic cement beneath the sections of the damaged vinyl floor. Make sure to apply the adhesive directly to the wood subfloor, if possible. Now, place a heavy object over the damaged area, before the stretched floor gets time to cool and contract.
Remove the weight after some time; you might see that a thin gap is still visible. Take some nail polish that matches the tone of your flooring and brush several layers of it to seal the gap.
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