How to Fix Holes in Linoleum

By Samantha Volz

Linoleum flooring and tiles make for easy-to-maintain, easy-to-install and inexpensive alternates to other materials such as hardwood or ceramic tile. But what you get in maintenance and expense relief you lose in resilience. Linoleum is easily torn, scratched or gouged from moving furniture or scraping objects across the surface, and the resulting damage will ruin the look of your floor. You can patch linoleum using material you can "harvest" from the floor and some solid, sturdy glue.

List of Items Needed

  • Cloth
  • Mineral spirits
  • Utility knife
  • Microwave-safe container
  • Glue
  • Scraper or putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  1. Clear a work area around the hole in the linoleum by moving all furniture that may be in your way.

  2. Dampen a cloth in mineral spirits and wipe out the hole, as well as the surrounding area, to remove all dirt, dust and wax from the surface. Allow the area to dry completely before continuing.

  3. Scrape off excess material from the damaged area with sharp utility knife. Collect the excess material in a small baggie or bowl. If necessary, soften the material with a heat gun or hair dryer so that you can remove it more easily. You don't need a lot of material; the patch should only be about 1/4 inch deep over the damaged area.

  4. Put the excess linoleum in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for a minute or so, until the material is soft and pliable.

  5. Add two to three drops of construction adhesive or superglue to the mixture. Paint a thin layer of the glue onto the edges of the hole as well.

  6. Pour the linoleum and glue into the damaged area. Flatten it out with a scraper or putty knife so that it completely covers all of the hole. Scrape off any excess material. Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour before continuing.

  7. Inspect the repair. If necessary, sand down the edges with 120-grit abrasive to flatten out the repair to be even with the rest of the floor.

Tips and Warnings

  • For small holes, heat linoleum with a heat gun or strong hair dryer and carefully manipulate and mold to cover the damage.

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