Can vinyl flooring be repaired?

Just like all other floor types, vinyl flooring can be subjected to wear and tear, ranging from teeny tiny scrapes to major cuts and tears.

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Damage caused by water can cause the material to bubble up in different sections and major rips and tears can render the sealants and adhesives ineffective, causing the vinyl tiles to curl up and no longer stick to the floor.

When these things happen, you’ll likely find yourself wondering whether vinyl can be repaired. The good news is that it’s definitely possible, though seeking the aid of a professional can be time-consuming and costly. For that reason, we’ve compiled together a step by step guide to give you the necessary tools and information for carrying out big and small vinyl flooring repairs at home.

Repairing small scrapes and cuts

We’ll start by guiding you through the repairs of minor damages to your vinyl flooring.

You’ll need: hoover/broom/mop, seam sealer/vinyl seam sealant

  • Step one: Clear away any existing dirt and debris from the damaged part of your floor with a hoover or broom. (You can also mop and rinse it if sweeping doesn’t do an adequate job.)
  • Step two: Seal the scrapes and cuts with a low-gloss seam sealer/vinyl seam sealant. These products will stop the lower layers of the flooring from deteriorating further.

How to repair bubbles in vinyl flooring

Water damage is the usual culprit for bubbles appearing in vinyl flooring, however it is easily rectified.

You’ll need: utility knife, vinyl floor adhesive, plastic putty knife, clean rag, rolling pin

  • Step one: Cut down the length of each bubble in the middle using a utility knife. (If water damaged has caused the bubbles, wait until the floor is dry before making any cuts.)
  • Step two: Squirt vinyl floor adhesive into each incision of the bubble’s centre.
  • Step three: Spread the adhesive evenly beneath the location of each bubble with a plastic putty knife.
  • Step four: Use a clean rag to remove any excess adhesive from outside the cut.
  • Step five: Roll across the adhesive spots to make it stick to the floor using a rolling pin (or similar).
  • Step six: Place something heavy on the spot where the adhesive is and allow it to dry. The vinyl floor adhesive packaging should contain information on how long the adhesive will take to dry.

How to repair major damage to your vinyl flooring

The process becomes slightly trickier when dealing with major damages to flooring, but it is still feasible for you to fix them at home using some basic tools and equipment. You’ll need: utility knife, putty knife, replacement vinyl tile, vinyl flooring adhesive, vinyl seam sealant, rolling pin

  • Step one: Make a cut around the tile/section of flooring you’re replacing (use a utility knife to do so).
  • Step two: Pry up the section of damaged flooring firmly using a putty knife (or similar). If you’re having trouble prying up the section of flooring, aim a hair dryer at the area to loosen the adhesive.
  • Step three: Purchase another replacement tile that matches the one you’ve removed.
  • Step four: Place the new flooring tile into the empty space and adjust its shape using the utility knife.
  • Step five: Apply vinyl flooring adhesive to the matching replacement tile and secure it in place.
  • Step six: Put vinyl seam sealant on the open seams which are adhesive-free.
  • Step seven: Secure the new vinyl tile in place using a rolling pin or hand roller to strengthen the adhesive and make sure nobody treads on the newly laid tile area until it has fully dried.

If you find yourself struggling with the fiddly process of vinyl flooring repair, we recommend seeking advice from a Carpetright floor specialist. After that, our vinyl flooring care guide is chockful of cleaning and maintenance advice to help you keep your floor spick and span.