How to Repair Cracked Marmoleum Floors
Marmoleum floors help create a colorful and attractive interior décor. The floors are made from organic materials that include linseed oil, pine rosin, pine sawdust, cork, limestone and color pigments. This is an excellent choice of flooring material if you prefer green alternatives. Although marmoluem has high durability, cracks are possible with time. This may be caused by a heavy impact on the floor. To repair the damage, simply follow the guide below.
Step 1 – Identify the Cracks
It is a good idea to attend to all the cracks at once. This allows you to restore the fine appearance of your floor. Carefully examine your entire floor for cracks. Circle the cracked areas with a grease pencil. Some cracks may not be as apparent as others.
Step 2 – Clean the Cracks
Use a soft-bristled brush to clear dust and fine particles from inside the crack. This ensures that the filler applied attaches more effectively to the flooring. Dip your mop into the water and wring it well. Mop the floor to remove the surface dirt. Use an old terrycloth to dry the floor.
Step 3 – Obtain Marmoleum Powder
Look around your home for a piece of marmoluem flooring. If this is unavailable, obtain a piece that matches in color from a flooring supply center. Put on a dust mask to avoid inhalation of dust. Lay a piece of cardboard on a flat work surface. Scrape off powder from the marmoleum with a utility knife. Allow the powder to collect on the cardboard. Once you feel you have a sufficient amount, place the powder in a small bowl.
Step 4 – Make a Paste
Add a few drops of multi-purpose glue into the powder. Mix the contents with a popsicle stick to create a stiff paste with a uniform color. It is best to add the glue in 1 or 2 drops. This helps prevent excessive dispensation, which leaves you with a light paste. The lighter the paste, the longer it takes to seal the crack. Light pastes also disintegrate easily.
Step 5 – Fill the Cracks
Scoop a small amount of the paste with the tip of your utility knife. Place the paste inside the crack. Press the paste firmly to ensure that it reaches all the way into the crack. Fill the crack with the paste. Smooth some paste on both sides of the crack at the surface to conceal the damage. Use a damp sponge to wipe away excess paste. Proceed to fill in any other cracks in this way. Let the paste dry overnight.
Step 6 – Smooth and Mop the Floor
Use fine grade sandpaper to smooth the dried paste. It is a good idea to mop the entire floor. This clears all the dust and fine debris from the floor. It leaves you with a clean surface that is ready for a wax application.
Step 7 – Apply Marmoluem Floor Wax
Use a soft cloth to apply wax onto the floor. Apply small amounts at a time, then spread with your cloth. Buff the floor with a lamb’s wool pad to give it a nice sheen.