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How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Flooring

By: Danny Lipford

To repair a hole or tear in vinyl flooring:

  • Use a sharp utility knife and metal straight edge to cut around the damaged piece of vinyl flooring, following the lines in the pattern.
  • Pull up the damaged section of vinyl flooring.
  • Remove any adhesive on the subfloor.
  • Cut a repair patch the same size as the hole from a scrap of vinyl flooring.
  • Apply vinyl flooring adhesive to the subfloor.
  • Place the vinyl flooring patch in the hole.
  • Remove any excess glue from the floor using the solvent recommended on the adhesive container.
  • Apply pressure to the patch until the glue dries.
  • Seal the seams around the patch with vinyl seam sealer.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Video Transcript

To repair a tear in a vinyl floor, you’ll have to cut out the damaged area, if possible along lines in the pattern to disguise the repair. Clean out the old glue with a putty knife before you carefully cut out a repair piece from the same style of flooring. This piece needs to be as close to the size of the hole as possible, so take your time fitting it.

When it’s right, apply vinyl floor adhesive in the space and place the tile. The patch will need lots of pressure on it as it dries. Later, apply vinyl flooring seam sealer to complete the repair and keep out the moisture.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 24th, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Hi, Satomi!
    That’s Roberts Carpet & Felt-Back Vinyl Adhesive (3300).
    You can find it at the home center, but first, check out this sheet to ensure it meets your project’s needs:
    Good luck!

  • satomi french Says:
    April 15th, 2019 at 8:25 am

    what is the brand name of liquid seal sealer? I could not find it in local hardware store. I spend all day to hunt this sealer. let me know asap.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    August 18th, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Hi, Mel! We don’t recommend painting floors. The result will not last. However, some people want to paint vinyl floors for single events (such as an evening gala), knowing they will not use the flooring again. In such cases, painting vinyl flooring could be a viable option.
    Take care!

  • Mel Mo Says:
    August 17th, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    What do you think about painting vinyl floors like this?

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 3rd, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Hi, Debbie!
    Clear nail polish will generally work to prevent more tears.
    Thanks for your question.

  • Debbie Quesnel Says:
    June 26th, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Is there something I can put on laminate floor to stop it from ripping when something is dropped on it.

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How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Flooring