Recently, I got a cut in my vinyl flooring in my kitchen area. My flooring is the one sheet type of flooring much like linoleum. There are some vinyl flooring that uses square pieces as well. This article will help explain how to do maintenance on a vinyl floor.
First you need to get the supplies ready that you will need. You will nee a seam sealer, utility knife, screw driver, rubber gloves, lacquer thinner, old rag or sponge, and hair blow dryer. You can get the seam sealer at any flooring company or major hardware store that handles flooring products.
Locate your cracks, breaks, and cuts. Put on the rubber gloves and thoroughly clean the area with the lacquer thinner around each crack, break or cut. Next, take the hair blow dryer and dry the area you just cleaned. Now take a bead of the seam sealer and place it on the crack, break, or cut area. If the gap is fairly large, use your utility knife to push it together. You could also use a screwdriver, too.
As you push the edges together, you might have to add some more seam sealer. Continue to use the hairdryer to help the sealer seal and blend in. When it is finally dry, the repair will make the damage look virtually invisible.
Note; Keep traffic out of the area until it is completely dry. Read the instructions on the sealer for the best results.
If you have to replace a square vinyl tile, you will have to replace it. It should be replaced with an identical tile. Hopefully, you will have a few available that is left over from the initial installment. If you don’t. consider using a piece from under an appliance that is out of public or eye view.
Start by prying up the damaged square. Be very careful and go slow when you do this. Most flooring is really glued down well and can cause problems. As you pry up, use the utility knife to cut away the glue holding the tile. Try to keep the tile as straight as you can. The more you bend it, the easier it is to break.
Once you get the square up, clean the floor surface good. Use a putty knife, utility knife and scrape it smooth. Be careful not to damage other tile squares that are secure to the floor.
Place the adhesive on to the back of your replacement tile. Gently place your square in the vacant area. Once it is down, slowly lift the tile so that air can get under it. This will also help to move and spread the adhesive a little more.
Now push the tile back into place. Use sealer for cracks next to the other tile. I call them cracks but, they really are seams. The seam sealer will make it look like they have never been apart. You can use your hand to smooth the replacement tile into place.
Again keep traffic off the area until it is dry. The hardest thing about replacing a square is to match it properly with the tile around it. Before you do anything, make sure that it is going in the way it is suppose to go. Most floors have a designated design to them. One row of tile will face one direction, while the next row faces another. Be sure you are correct.