How to Repair Scratched Linoleum

Updated February 21, 2017

Linoleum, unlike vinyl, is made from a natural composition that includes linseed oil. Because of its organic components, the flooring resists bacteria, making it a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Although linoleum has a resilient surface, scratches can occur. Restore the look of your linoleum floor by camouflaging the scratches with simple, yet productive procedures.

Shave thin, 1/2-inch pieces from an extra piece of linoleum, using a sharp utility knife. Cut the linoleum until you have enough to cover the scratch. Place the shavings on an old piece of cardboard.

Mix the linoleum shavings with a drop of wood glue. Scoop the shavings onto a putty knife and wipe into the scratch. Press the shavings into the scratch mark with the end of the putty knife.

Wipe excess shavings and glue from around the scratch with a damp rag. Allow the glue and shavings to bond into the linoleum. Avoid walking on or cleaning the area for 24 to 48 hours.


Keep extra pieces of linoleum for repairs. If you do not have the extra pieces, contact the manufacturer or ask at your home improvement store for leftover pieces of the linoleum or remnants that closely match the flooring.

Things You'll Need

  • Linoleum piece
  • Utility knife
  • Cardboard
  • Wood glue
  • Putty knife
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Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.