Many people have vinyl flooring in their houses, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, because it is water and stain resistant. Vinyl flooring is very popular because of its versatility and affordability. It comes in a wide range of patterns to suit nearly any home decor. The material is quite durable, but it is still prone to certain kinds of damage, including small tears, lifting at the seams, and occasionally more serious damage that requires partial replacement. Fortunately, vinyl floors are easy to repair, and with the right materials, most people can restore their vinyl floors to excellent condition themselves.
Vinyl flooring comes in many colours and patterns. Some vinyl floors look like hardwood, while others look like stone tiles. Some simply have a decorative pattern. However, there are three main types of vinyl flooring, and each installs differently.
Type of Vinyl Flooring
Comes in one large piece
Rolls out in a single sheet
Easy to install but slightly more difficult to repair
Comes in square tiles
Slightly more time consuming to install
Easy to repair
Some snap together and some stick to the floor
Long and rectangular
Resemble planks of wood
Time consuming to install but easy to repair
Before attempting to repair a vinyl floor, identify what type of vinyl flooring it is. This makes it easier to assess the problem and successfully repair it.
The best way to repair sheet vinyl floors is to remove the damaged section and replace it with a new piece of vinyl. However, because the vinyl is one large sheet, the only way to do this is to cut out the damaged section. The first step is to acquire extra vinyl flooring that matches the colour and pattern of the existing floor. Next, take a ruler and measure the size of the piece that needs replacing, and use the straight edge of the ruler to draw lines around the area in a square or rectangular shape. With a utility knife, cut along all of the lines. For best results, use a new blade.
If the flooring only has glue around the perimeters of the room, you can usually lift up the damaged piece. However, if it is completely glued down, it might be necessary to use a putty knife to scrape the piece off of the floor. Once removed, lay the replacement tile over the damaged spot and make sure it lines up perfectly with the pattern of the floor. Use the ruler to measure a patch of the same size and shape as the piece taken out. Finally, cut out the new piece of vinyl and place it into the space where the damaged piece was. If it does not have adhesive backing, use vinyl tile glue to stick the piece in place.
A vinyl tile floor is the easiest type of vinyl floor to repair. The first step is to assess the damage and figure out how many tiles have damage. Next, procure replacement tiles with the same colour and pattern as the damaged tiles. Then use a putty knife to scrape up the damaged tiles. If you cannot easily pull them up, use a heat gun or blow dryer to heat up the tiles. This should make it easier to remove them. Finally, stick the new tiles in the empty spaces.
Vinyl planks that simply stick to the floor require the same repair method as vinyl tiles. However, vinyl planks that snap together are slightly more difficult to repair. To repair these planks, remove the baseboard on the wall closest to the damaged tiles. With the extra space created by the removed baseboard, push the planks closest to the baseboard toward the wall so they come apart from the planks next to them. This makes it possible to remove the planks. Remove all of the planks between the wall and the damaged planks. Finally, remove the damaged planks and replace them with new planks. Snap the new planks in place and snap all the other planks back in as well. The last step is replacing the baseboard.
eBay is a great place to find materials to repair a vinyl floor. To find what you need, type keywords into the eBay search bar. You can start with something broad, such as "vinyl tile", and add more specific keywords if desired. Vinyl floors are versatile and durable, but they are not impervious to damage. Fortunately, most people can repair their own flooring with little trouble. With the right tools and a little bit of effort, you can make your floor look great again.