Making Repairs to Vinyl Flooring

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Has your vinyl flooring incurred some sort of damage? Your first instinct may be to replace it altogether. While that's sometimes the only way to go, the reality is that many types of damage can be handled through simple repairs. By making these basic repairs, you can save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle. You don't have to be an especially handy person in order to get these repairs done, either. Vinyl is surprisingly easy to work with, and most people can manage basic repair work with ease. In this article, we'll explore when it's right to repair vinyl floors and when they need to be replaced. We'll also highlight a few basic repairs that you can do yourself.

Assessing the Damage

Assuming that the damage to your vinyl flooring is relatively minor, you should be able to repair it without a whole lot of effort. Of course, there are times when these types of floors need to be replaced entirely. The best rule of thumb is to consider the overall size and scope of the damage. If it's confined to a relatively small portion of the floor, performing a repair is a good way to go. If it stretches across a huge portion of the floor or involves generalized discoloration and other problems, you should probably consider replacing it. If your vinyl floor has been burned, ripped, torn or scratched, however, basic repairs are in order.

Handling Scratches and Cuts

Scratches and cuts are the most common issues that occur with vinyl flooring. As tough as these floors are, they can still incur damage from time to time. A single scratch or cut can seriously reduce the overall appearance of such a floor, so it pays to take care of it in a timely manner. Furthermore, a cut can worsen when it is left unfixed. It is also a safety hazard. To repair a scratch or a cut, clean the affected area with thinner. From there, squeeze a small amount of seam sealer into the cut or scratch. Press it back into place, let it dry and you should be good to go.

Tackling Burns and Tears

Burns and tears present unique challenges to vinyl floors. These types of floors are often installed in kitchens, where the possibility of burns is high. If your vinyl floor gets a burn or a tear, don't panic - you can probably make it right without a lot of grief. However, you will have to cut out the portion of the floor that is affected. There is no way to seal such damage together again. Specific steps for replacing portions of a vinyl floor are outlined below.

Replacing a Portion of a Vinyl Floor

When you have new vinyl flooring installed, make a point of buying a little extra. Store the extra material someplace safe. It will come in handy in instances like these, when you need to replace a portion of your vinyl floor. Cut a manageable-sized piece of vinyl from the spare pieces that you have. Position it over the affected area until it lines up perfectly. Tape it down securely. Place a straightedge along one side and use a utility knife to cut the damaged portion away. If the damaged portion isn't glued down, simply lift it off; if it's glued on, you will have to scrape it free. Secure the new piece in place with mastic. Cover it in wax paper and let it dry for at least 24 hours. Use seam sealer to make it as seamless as possible.

As you can see, repairing a vinyl floor isn't too difficult. If you don't have spare pieces lying around Carpet One flooring, you may be able to find matching pieces through a wholesaler. You could always remove a piece from an inconspicuous part of the floor - beneath the fridge is a good option. At any rate, repairing a floor is a cost-effective way to keep a room looking great.

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Charlie D Dima has 38 articles online and 2 fans

Charlie Dima writes out of Earth City, MO about home improvement tips and DIY projects, including the installation of Carpet One flooring. Always looking for the most affordable prices and well-known brands, she tends to end up shopping at  more often than not.

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This article was published on 2012/09/06