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How to Fix a Tear in Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring can get torn or ripped because of various reasons. Repairing a tear in the vinyl only requires a patch and a few basic tools if you are fixing a vinyl floor at home. If it is a business, you are advised to contact thelondonfloorcompany.co.uk.

If a tear or a rip to a section of vinyl flooring is not fixed soon after the damage has been done, the damage will get worse. Once the tear in the vinyl flooring has been detected, visit a local hardware store and purchase the items below. Some of these items can be found in your own home.

Things Needed to Fix a Tear in Vinyl Flooring:

  • Piece of vinyl flooring with the same pattern as the existing flooring.
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • Flat scraper
  • Clean rags
  • Vinyl adhesive
  • Liquid vinyl seam
  • Vinyl roller
  • Hair dryer

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How to Replace the Tear With a Vinyl Patch

Measure the length and the width of the tear in the vinyl. Add two inches to each measurement to ensure that the patch is big enough to replace the damaged piece of vinyl.

Measure out the new piece of vinyl the same measurements as the damaged piece of vinyl. Ensure that any design patterns on the new piece of vinyl are facing the same way as the existing piece of vinyl before cutting it. Use a straight edge to mark the measurements on the new piece of vinyl. Cut the measured piece of vinyl out with a utility knife. This will be the patch that will replace the torn piece of vinyl.

Use a hair dryer to heat up the area of the tear and the area surrounding the tear. The heat will loosen the adhesive underneath the torn piece of vinyl and make it easier for the damaged piece of vinyl to cut through and remove.

Place the patch over the torn section of vinyl. Use a utility knife to cut around the edges of the patch and into the old vinyl flooring. Remove the patch and the old vinyl flooring. Discard the old flooring.

Clean out any excess adhesive from the damaged piece of vinyl flooring. Use a flat scraper and clean rags to remove the excess adhesive. Ensure that the area for the new patch is thoroughly cleaned.

Spread a generous amount of vinyl adhesive across the bottom of the new patch. Press the new patch into the cut out hole of the vinyl floor. Press the patch down until it is straight with the surrounding floor.

Use a vinyl roller to roll the vinyl patch to remove any humps or air bubbles. Roll the vinyl from the centre of the patch to the sides of the patch.

Spread a thin amount of liquid vinyl seam sealer around the edges of the new patch. This process will adhere the new patch to the existing vinyl. Use the hair dryer to speed up the drying time of the liquid seam sealer. Once the sealer is dry, use a clean rag to wipe away any excess sealer from the vinyl.

Tips: A heat gun can also be used in place of a hair dryer to heat up the vinyl.

If the bottom of the old vinyl floor is not properly cleaned, the new vinyl patch will not stick properly.

Warnings: Use caution when handling a utility knife to prevent cutting your hands or fingers. Wear protective gloves if necessary.




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