While it’s tough to make a repair in vinyl or linoleum invisible, these techniques should allow you to do a pretty good job.
Patching Vinyl or Linoleum
Hopefully, you’ve got some leftover flooring you can use to make the patch from the original vinyl or linoleum flooring installation. If not, consider taking it from a closet – a location it likely won’t be missed too badly.
Step 1: If your flooring has a tile or woodgrain pattern, replace a single repeat of the entire pattern. For example, for a tile, cut a patch using a utility knife that includes an entire tile (or two or three, depending on the size of the damage) with an inch of excess around all sides.
If there are no tiles or planks in the pattern, the floor pattern will still repeat if you look carefully for it. Find and create a patch that will blend with the flooring pattern.
Step 2: Place the patch over the damaged area, and line up the “grout lines” in all four directions. With faux wood vinyl, line up the lines where the “planks” meet.
Step 3: Use duct tape to tape the patch to the existing floor being careful not to cover the grout or butt lines with tape. Make sure the lines still match up perfectly. Adjust the patch, if needed.
Step 4: Put on gloves and safety goggles. Clear kids , cats and nosey dogs from the room! Place a straight edge along the grout or butt line. This will be your cutting guide. Use a utility knife with a fresh blade, and cut down through both the patch and the existing vinyl or linoleum.
Step 5: Remove the tape and the patch. Pull away the damaged flooring. If some of it sticks to the subfloor, this should be sanded away with a rotary sander while you’re careful not to damage the surrounding flooring.
Step 6: Check the patch for fit. It should fit perfectly. Use scissors, if necessary, to carefully trim the patch or the whole in the flooring to improve the fit.
Step 7: Apply flooring adhesive to the subfloor. Lift the surrounding flooring and apply adhesive beneath it several inches in all directions. Fit the patch into the hole, and press it down firmly. Wipe away excess glue. Use a seam roller over the seams to ensure good adhesion.
This is how the pros do it, and with care, you can make your patch look great too.