There are many ways that vinyl flooring can get damaged. If a chair scrapes across the vinyl flooring or if the contents of your cooking in pans splatter across the floor’s surface, the vinyl might get damaged. The good news is, by patching vinyl flooring, the floor will look as good as new.
What to Do?
1. Identify the vinyl floor type that you need to patch. Some vinyl tiles are laid down in specific patterns or using a sheet of vinyl that is rolled out to cover the entire floor. It is important that you remember that vinyl sheets covering the entire floor are usually much thinner than vinyl tiles. The vinyl sheets might require delicate handling when you are patching vinyl.
2. Evaluate the amount of damage in your vinyl flooring. The condition of the floor will determine the exact process used when patching vinyl. Issues such as cuts and scratches are easily managed while large tears and burns will require removal and ultimate replacement of the vinyl.
3. Cuts and scratches can be filled in using a sealing product. Simply clean the area with a high quality sealant to patch the flooring. If you use a lacquer thinner to clean the section, it will remove all the residue in the cracks so you can fill it with the sealing compound.
4. If the vinyl needs to be replaced, remove the section of the floor that is damaged. Use a utility knife and cut out the vinyl sheet where it is damaged or use a knife blade to loosen and pry the damaged tile.
5. Make sure that the exposed floor is cleaned before patching the vinyl. Clean with a lacquer thinner, followed by simple solution of soap and water. Allow it to dry before patching the floor.
6. The vinyl patch can now be installed. Use a layer of vinyl adhesive then slide the replacement vinyl in place.
7. The patch should now be sealed. Using a thin layer of the vinyl lacquer should be applied to the vinyl after the adhesive dries. You are now finished with patching vinyl on your floor.
You do not have to replace the entire floor because you can just repair the area that is damaged. For most types of this flooring, it is simple to extract the damaged part of the floor and quickly replace it using a patch in practically no time.