Repairing Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl floors are popular because they’re easy to clean and maintain. Today’s high-quality vinyl floor coverings don’t re quire any regular care beyond frequent sweeping and mop ping. But vinyl does get divots, holes, and tears. The only way to really repair it is to cut out the damaged section and re place it with a patch. It’s pretty easy to fix vinyl if you have remnants and you can match it; if you don’t, there’s not a lot you can do.
With vinyl tile, it’s best to replace the damaged tiles. With sheet vinyl, you can fuse the surface or patch in new material.


Small cuts and scratches can be fused permanently and nearly invisibly with liquid seam sealer, a clear compound that’s available wherever vinyl flooring is sold.

How to fix small cuts and scratches in vinyl flooring:

1. Clean the area with lacquer thinner and a soft cloth.

2. When it’s dry, squeeze a thin bead of liquid seam sealer into the cut or scratch.

3. Use your finger (wearing a rubber glove) and lightly smooth out the edges, if needed.

4. Let dry.

If your flooring is all one color, you can fix gouges another way. Shred a piece of your vinyl flooring in a food grater. Take the shavings and mix them with a small amount of clear nail polish, drop by drop, until you have a paste like mixture. Wearing a rubber glove put this mixture into the groove and squishes it into place. Let dry.