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How to Fix a Dent in a Soft Vinyl Floor

Updated February 21, 2017

A soft vinyl floor is attractive and pampers bare feet. A heavy object falling on the vinyl can cause a dent on one of the tiles, marring the overall appearance. You can fix the dent in the vinyl tile and restore the look of the vinyl floor. A few supplies from a hardware store will be needed as will some tools common to most households.

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  1. Place a sheet of aluminium foil over the dented vinyl tile. Set an iron to “moderate” temperature. Iron the tile through the foil until it feels flexible to the touch. Unplug the iron and place it aside. Remove the foil from over the tile.

  2. Put the edge of the putty knife beneath a side of the tile. Move the putty knife around the edges of the tile. Pull the tile off the floor. Wipe off the back of the tile with a soft cloth.

  3. Place a bath towel on the floor. Place the tile face down on the towel. Cover the tile with the aluminium foil sheet. Plug the iron back in. Run the iron over the foil for the same amount of time as you did earlier. Unplug the iron and place it aside. Remove the foil from over the tile.

  4. Place another towel on the tile. Place three to four telephone books, or other heavy objects, on the towel. Leave the tile alone for two days.

  5. Remove the tile from beneath the towel. Apply bonding adhesive to the back of the tile. Place the tile back on the floor in its original position. Press down on the top, bottom and left and right sides of the tile to seat it to the floor. Press down on the middle of the tile also.

  6. Wipe any excess adhesive off the sides or the top of the tile with a soft cloth moistened in tap water. Dry the tile and the area surrounding it with a dry soft cloth. Place a bath towel over the tile. Place the telephone books on the towel. Leave the tile covered for two days before removing the telephone books and towel.

  7. Warning

    Keep small children and pets away from the area while you are fixing the dent in the vinyl tile.

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Things You'll Need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Iron
  • Putty knife
  • Soft cloths
  • Bath towels
  • Telephone books
  • Bonding adhesive

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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