How to Get Dents Out of Kitchen Floors

Updated February 21, 2017

Kitchen floors can be made from many different materials, and vinyl is one of the most common and inexpensive. Vinyl floors come in either individual tiles or as one piece of sheeting. Vinyl floors often become dented, such as when heavy objects fall on them. Fixing a dent in a vinyl floor with tiles is relatively easy as you can simply install a new piece of tile. Removing a dent in a sheet of vinyl flooring is a little more complicated.

Cut a spare piece of vinyl in the shape of a square with a utility knife. The square should be slightly larger than the dented area.

Place the patch over the area to be replaced. Check to make sure the patch matches up with the pattern of the area it's going to replace. Attach the patch in place with tape.

Cut through both layers of the flooring with a utility knife.

Cut the dented area with a diagonal slice from one corner to the opposition corner of the square. Insert the putty knife where you made the cut and pry out the dented vinyl.

Scrape along the floor with a putty knife to remove the old floor adhesive. Scrape until all the adhesive is gone and the floor is smooth and bare.

Spread a new layer of floor adhesive on the floor with the putty knife.

Put the replacement piece of vinyl on the floor. Immediately remove any adhesive that pushes up through the cracks on the side with a rag.

Place a piece of waxed paper on top of the patch. Place heavy books on top of the patch for 24 hours.

Remove the books and piece of wax. Apply seam sealer along the edges of the patch. Allow the sealer to set for the time recommended on the instructions.

Use a putty knife to gently pry out the piece of tile. Place the tile upside down.

Push the indented area back into place with the back of a spoon.

Apply extra floor adhesive on the back side of the indentation with a putty knife.

Place the tile back on your floor.

Apply a seam sealer along the edges of the tile. Allow the sealer to set for the time recommended on the instructions.


Cut along the pattern lines in the piece of sheeting, if possible. This will help make it less visible that it's a patch, particularly if the lines are a dark colour. Tar-based floors adhesives that are difficult to remove can first be softened with white spirit.

Things You'll Need

  • Spare vinyl
  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Tape
  • Floor adhesive
  • Rag
  • Waxed paper
  • Books
  • Seam sealer
  • Spoon
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