Performing a successful vinyl floor repair can help you eliminate replacing your entire floor in many cases. There are several common issues with vinyl that can be repaired with a little knowledge of how to do so. Here are the basics of how to repair a vinyl floor.
Step 1 - Patch the Vinyl
One of the most common repairs that needs to be done is patching the vinyl floor. This works better with some of the newer vinyls, but you can do it with any vinyl if you have to. For this, you will need an extra piece of vinyl to patch the hole with. Lay the extra piece of vinyl on top of the place that you are going to patch. Take your knife and cut down through both pieces at once. This will allow you to make an exact cut for the new piece to ensure that it fits into the hole. Spread some adhesive into the hole and place the new piece in it. Use your roller to roll the vinyl and make sure that it sticks into the adhesive. Seal up the seam with the proper vinyl seam sealer for your vinyl.
Step 2 - Fix a Bubble
After a vinyl floor is installed, one of the most common concerns that people have is when a bubble shows up in the middle of the floor. A big bubble in the floor can be very noticeable and even put the floor at increased risk of being damaged when people walk over it. You should first try using a vinyl roller to roll over the top of the bubble. This will help press the vinyl back down into the adhesive and help it stick. This will often be enough to get the job done.
If it did not work, you can try another technique involving a medical needle and some adhesive. Fill up a needle with some vinyl adhesive and poke the needle through the vinyl. Inject the adhesive into the hole with the needle. Then press the vinyl down into it and roll it with your vinyl roller. This should provide enough adhesive for the vinyl to stick to the floor again. Once you are done, you should most likely put a bit of seam sealer over the small hole that you just made with the needle.
Sometimes, bubbles in vinyl will even go away on their own. If the floor was just installed, there may be some gases coming up out of the adhesive that will work their way out from under the floor.
Step 3 - Fixing a Tear
Another common problem with vinyl is that it can rip or tear. If the tear is big enough, you may have to use the patching method described in step 1. If it is a small tear, you can usually seal it up with seam sealer and it will be fine.