How to repair a tear in vinyl flooring

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How to repair a tear in vinyl flooring
Patch tears in your vinyl floor to prevent dirt build-up or tripping hazards. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The way you repair a tear in a vinyl floor depends on two factors. One is the extent of the tear. Very small tears can often be fixed with a simple method, while larger ones will require removing the damaged section and replacing it with a patch. The other factor is whether the floor was installed with individual tiles, or a vinyl sheet. The easiest and best way to repair a large tear on a single vinyl tile is simply to remove it and install a new one.

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Things you need

  • Acetone
  • Liquid seam sealer
  • Book
  • Extra vinyl sheeting
  • Hair dryer
  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Vinyl adhesive

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    Small Tears

  1. 1

    Clean the torn area with acetone.

  2. 2

    Fill in the tear with a liquid seam sealer.

  3. 3

    Place a heavy object such as a book over the area and allow the sealer to dry.

    Large Tears

  1. 1

    Place an extra piece of vinyl flooring sheeting on top of the area with the tear. Look to make sure any patterns on the replacement piece line up with the torn part of the floor.

  2. 2

    Heat up the replacement patch and the torn part of the floor with a hair dryer. The heat makes the vinyl easier to cut.

  3. 3

    Place the replacement piece back on top of the piece to be removed. Cut through both of the pieces with a utility knife. Check again to make sure the patterns of the two pieces are the same.

  4. 4

    Use a putty knife to pry out the torn piece of flooring.

  5. 5

    Place some vinyl adhesive on a putty knife. Place the adhesive under the edges of the vinyl sheet that surround the piece you just removed. Apply some vinyl adhesive to the bare part of the floor.

  6. 6

    Press the replacement patch into place and cover it with a heavy object.

  7. 7

    Wait 24 hours and fill in the seams around the patch with a liquid seam sealer. Allow the liquid seam sealer to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have an extra piece of vinyl flooring, cut out a patch from an area of the floor that can't be seen. An example would be under or behind a refrigerator.

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