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Quick fixes for damaged floors made of laminate and vinyl

You've learnt how to repair and care for your hardwood flooring, so now we zoom in on how to repair floors made of laminate and vinyl. 

LAMINATES
If your laminate floor planks start peeling at the corners or near a crack:
1) Gently separate the laminate from the underlying wood and clear and remaining adhesive.
2) Apply a few drops of super glue at the back of the peeling surface and carefully lay it back onto the wood.
3) Run a clean and dry roller (like a paint roller or a roller pin) over the surface to remove air bubbles.

VINYL TILES
Replace badly curled up tiles with new ones:
1) Heat the tile using a flat iron on top of a dishtowel to soften the adhesive.
2) Pry the tile upwards with a putty knife and scrape off the adhesive from the subfloor (the structural floor just underneath) so it is clean and smooth.
3) Test-fit the new tile, then apply tile adhesive to the clean subfloor using a notched trowel.
4) Set the new tile in place and press it flat.
5) Remove any excess adhesive with a damp cloth.
6) Run a roller over the tile, working from the centre to the seams, to get rid of air bubbles.

SHEET VINYL
Damaged areas can be patched up if you have spare sheet vinyl:
1) Secure the replacement patch over the damaged area with masking tape (make sure the pattern lines match).
2) Use a straightedge tool or a steel ruler and utility knife to cut through the patch and the flooring below.
3) Remove the damaged part of the flooring and clean up the adhesive with a putty knife.
4) Apply adhesive onto the floor and press the patch in place. Weigh is down with a few heavy books.
5) After 24 hours, apply a liquid seam sealer to the joints around the patch to mask the seams.

TIP: When buying laminate or vinyl flooring, add at least 10 per cent of the measured square footage to keep as extra material to repair damaged sections.

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