Linoleum Dent Repair
Linoleum, made from linseed oil mixed with wood and limestone powder, first appeared in Chiswick, England throughout the mid-19th century. This inexpensive flooring material produces a smooth, easy-clean base for any room, especially a kitchen or toilet. A linoleum surface proves susceptible to damage, particularly dents caused by falling heavy objects or pressure from heeled shoes. All these depressions cause eyesores in the linoleum floor, disrupting its layout and pulling dirt. Commercially produced repair kits enable you to fix sediment less or equal than the magnitude of dime, while larger depressions require patching.
Dip a rag in soapy water. Wipe the linoleum dent with the rag, removing any debris or dirt. Rinse the rag in clean water and wipe it over the dent to remove any soap residue. Pat the linoleum dry with a cloth.
Stick a strip of masking tape on the linoleum, placing it horizontally across the floor, 1/4 to 1/2 inch over the dent. Place a second strip of tape 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the dent. Add one vertical strip of tape on both sides of the dent, boxing it in.
Remove the paint by a plastic repair kit if the top layer of the linoleum score looks scratched or colorless. Mix the paint colours as required on a paper plate or piece of cardboard, developing a hue as close as possible to the undamaged linoleum’s color.
Dip a circular paintbrush into the paint, wiping away any excess on the paper plate or cardboard. Dab the paint on the surface of the dent using the brush, then covering the damaged portions completely having an even layer of paint. Leave the place to sit for 15 minutes, allowing time for the paint to dry.
Pour the kit’s filler powder into the dent’s melancholy, filling it complete. Drag the straight edge of a sheet of paper or the kit’s smoothing paddle throughout the dent to smooth the powder and then make it even with the surface of this dented linoleum.
Pour the kit’s floor bonding liquid into the score above the powder, adding it one drop at a time until the powder appears completely wet. Let the place sit for 15 minutes to allow the bonding liquid to dry fully.
Wipe your finger throughout the place, feeling for any roughness or raised areas. Rub the kit’s seams gently back and forth above the place to smooth and lower it. Do not rub the newspaper above the encompassing linoleum to prevent damaging its end.
Dip the paintbrush in the kit’s acrylic glaze. Dab the glaze onto the place, covering it completely with an additional coat. Catch the glaze to dry for 2 hours. Remove the tape after the glaze dries.
Stretch a tape measure horizontally across the dent, extending it past every one of the dent’s sides by at least 2 inches. Record this width measurement. Stretch the tape measure vertically across the dent, extending it over and below the dent by at least 2 inches. Record this length measurement.
Place a bit of spare linoleum on a flat work surface. Measure and mark a square or rectangle equal in length and width to the dimensions from the prior Step utilizing the tape measure and a bit of chalk or masking tape. Position the markings over the portion of spare linoleum sporting the identical pattern since the section of flooring that needs replacing. Cut out the piece using a utility knife.
Place the linoleum patch flat on the linoleum floor, covering the dented area completely. Line up the layout on the stain with the layout on the floor. Stretch 2 to three pieces of tape horizontally across the patch and on the floor, securing the patch in place.
Slide the utility knife blade along the edge of the stain when pushing it down into the floor to cut back halfway through the ground’s linoleum. Keep the blade straight to guarantee a tight fit. Repeat this process across the rest of the sides of this patch. Cut around the stain a second time to cut completely through the ground’s linoleum. Pull the stain from the floor and remove any clinging tape.
Insert the edge of a putty knife under the corner of this cut-out linoleum square. Push the blade under the linoleum, prying it up in the floor. Scrape off any clinging glue or material remaining on the subfloor.
Brush or wipe a layer of linoleum glue onto the back of this linoleum stain using a paintbrush or putty knife. Hold the patch over the hole in the floor in the correct orientation. Place among the patch’s borders into the hole, pushing it against the corresponding edge of this hole. Lay the stain down into the hole, pushing it into place.
Wipe any glue that oozes from the cracks in the linoleum using a rag. Push a linoleum roller back and forth atop the stain and along each edge to press the stain down against the subfloor. Wipe off any oozing adhesive using a rag.
Squeeze a line of linoleum seam filler along all sides of the stain, filling each crack full of the liquid. Let the filler sit for 30 to 60 seconds. Wipe the excess filler from the linoleum’s surface with a rag. Leave the stain to sit for 24 hours before walking on it.