How to Fix a Bubble in Linoleum

Written by robert ferguson
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It is a common occurrence for unsightly bubbles or blisters to appear on newly installed linoleum or vinyl floors. Gases created by the adhesive cannot escape, which leads to the problem. If the blisters remain longer than a week, odds are they are not going to disappear by themselves. If repeated calls to the flooring company go unanswered, you will have to take matters into your own hands. This home improvement repair is an easy DIY repair.

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Things you need

  • Vinyl floor syringe
  • Linoleum floor adhesive
  • Laminate roller
  • Rag
  • Mild lubricant

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  1. 1

    Fill the vinyl syringe with adhesive. The syringe sells at most home improvement centres, hardware stores and flooring suppliers. Some models come prefilled with flooring adhesive and may include enough adhesive to complete the job. If not, fill the syringe with applicable flooring adhesive.

  2. 2

    Insert the needle into the bubble or blister. Do not worry, the hole left by the needle is extremely small and next to impossible to see.

  3. 3

    Squeeze the syringe to distribute the flooring adhesive into the blister. Be careful not to insert to much adhesive, as it will leave a lump on the floor. Use a small amount at first and add more if needed. It might be necessary to insert the needle in several locations for larger blisters.

  4. 4

    Use the laminate or floor roller to roll out the affected area. This evenly distributes the floor adhesive and flattens out the blister.

  5. 5

    Wipe up any floor adhesive that might ooze out of the syringe puncture before it dries. Remove dried glue with a mild household lubricate on a rag to remove.

Tips and warnings

  • Place a flat board and weight on stubborn blisters to hold the flooring in place until the adhesive dries.
  • Use caution when operating the syringe to avoid unwanted punctures. Dispose of the syringe properly after use.

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