How to repair cuts in vinyl flooring

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How to repair cuts in vinyl flooring
A cut in a vinyl floor is fixable with the proper supplies. (texture floor image by Oleg Verbitsky from

Even with its durable qualities, vinyl flooring is prone to cuts and tears. When the vinyl flooring in your home becomes damaged, you must repair the area immediately or the damage will continue to grow. The repair becomes more involved with a larger damaged area. Whether fixing small or large damage on your vinyl floor, prepare the area properly for a permanent repair.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Household cleaner
  • Clean rags
  • Squirt bottle
  • Low gloss seam sealer
  • Vinyl flooring material
  • Utility knife
  • Masking tape
  • Vinyl flooring adhesive
  • Disposable paintbrush

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    Preparing the Repair Area

  1. 1

    Sweep all surface debris from the vinyl floor with the broom.

  2. 2

    Remove any loose dirt from around the repair area with the vacuum cleaner. Make sure there is no dirt remaining inside or underneath the cut.

  3. 3

    Spray the surface of the vinyl floor with the household cleaner and wipe the area vigorously with a clean rag to remove any traces of wax or oils from the repair area.

    Repairing a Small Cut

  1. 1

    Press both sides of the cut down tightly to the subfloor. Make sure both sides of the cut are even by running a finger across the cut.

  2. 2

    Fill the squirt bottle half-full with low gloss seam sealer.

  3. 3

    Place the tip of the squirt bottle 1/4 inch from the surface of the floor. Align the tip of the squirt bottle with one end of the cut, squeeze the squirt bottle and drag the tip along the cut to deposit 1 1/8-inch wide continuous bead of seam sealer over the cut.

  4. 4

    Allow the seam sealer to cure for at least 24 hours before you allow people or pets to walk on the repaired area.

    Repairing a Large Cut

  1. 1

    Cut a piece of vinyl flooring material that matches the pattern of your installed vinyl flooring with a utility knife to make a patch. The patch needs to extend at least 4 inches past all sides of the large cut.

  2. 2

    Align the pattern on the vinyl floor patch with the pattern on the flooring you are repairing.

  3. 3

    Secure the patch by placing covering the area where each side of the patch meets the surface of the vinyl floor with masking tape.

  4. 4

    Push the utility knife blade through the patch and the installed vinyl floor. Drag the utility knife along the patch, cutting through both thickness of vinyl.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 4 on each side of the patch and remove the masking tape from the patch. Lift the patch and the cut section of the vinyl floor from the repair area.

  6. 6

    Apply vinyl floor adhesive to the backside of the vinyl patch and the surface of the subfloor with the disposable paintbrush.

  7. 7

    Lay the patch into the cut opening. Make sure the glued side of the patch is facing the subfloor as you set the patch in place.

  8. 8

    Firmly press the patch toward the subfloor to set the vinyl adhesive.

  9. 9

    Allow the adhesive to cure for the time specified by the adhesive manufacturer.

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