DIY Tips: How to Repair Vinyl Floors

People love vinyl floors for various reasons. They’re easy to install and relatively inexpensive. However, provided you use your floors, they’re bound to incur some damage. Your vinyl plank floor may scratch, tear, chip, dent, or peel, and the severity of the damage will determine your fixing approach. Most scratches and gouges require vinyl floor repair, while others need only a bit of TLC.

How to Repair Vinyl Flooring

If you have damage to your vinyl flooring, we strongly suggest you call a professional, preferably from the company you bought the flooring from, for all flooring repairs. The following information may invalidate your flooring warranty, so please be sure to check with the company you bought your flooring from before doing any repairs to your flooring.

Things you will need:

  • Putty filler
  • Paint pen or floor repair marker
  • Acrylic filler in a tube
  • Vinyl floor repair kit
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Vacuum or mop
  • Putty knife
  • Clean rag

Using Putty Filler:

Begin by cleaning the affected area with a damp, lint-free cloth. You may want to mop or vacuum. Next, use a putty knife to apply some putty filler to the hole. Smooth it carefully with the knife, adding more filler if needed until it’s perfectly flush with the surrounding floor. Remove any excess putty filler before it dries, then let the filler dry completely. Finally, blend the damaged area with the surrounding floor with a floor repair marker or paint pen.

Using Acrylic Filler:

Similar to using putty filler, start by cleaning the area. When you’re ready to use the filler, insert the tip of the tube into the chip and fill the hole slowly. A large hole requires application in thin layers, letting each layer dry for a couple of hours at a time. After applying the last layer, use a putty knife to smooth the filler. Wipe off excess filler with a clean rag and give it ample time to dry. Finally, disguise the filled spot with a floor repair marker or paint pen.

Other Methods

A vinyl floor repair kit also works well for vinyl plank floor chips.


If you need help with vinyl floor repair and replacement, trust Carpet To Go. We have over two decades of experience in the flooring industry, and we take pride in our reputation for exceeding client expectations. Call us at (425) 453-7607 or contact us to learn more about our services and get a free estimate.