Floors today are as resilient as ever; however, over time, damage often accumulates and makes floors less attractive. Luckily, even significant damage can get repaired correctly. Present-day products for flooring involve VCT (vinyl composition tile), cork tile, linoleum, and vinyl.
Below, we give you the steps to do it yourself, but we're happy to help if you'd prefer our expertise!
The Procedure for Repairing Tiles
The repair of tiles is straightforward since it only requires the replacement of the affected tiles. In case of a loose tile, it's possible to re-glue it by using floor tile adhesive. If it is merely loose at one corner or edge, there might be sufficient old adhesive left around the tile to reattach a new one. Cover the tile with aluminum foil, and afterward with a clean cloth.
Warm up edges that are loose with an iron, ensuring the heat is at a medium level. Medium heat plays a central role to re-bond and soften the old adhesive. At the point when the glue has already weakened, put weight on the whole tile and allow the adhesive to cure overnight or for several hours.
In the event the old adhesive is not sufficient to reconnect the tile, utilize floor tile adhesive. Warm up the tile as explained above, and cautiously lift the edges that are loose with a putty knife or a paint scraper. Scratch the old glue around the tile edges and use a thin layer of new adhesive, using a towel or notched spreader.
Remember to smooth the tile from its borders to the center and then put weight on the whole tile. Allow the adhesive to cure as prescribed by the manufacturer before taking off the weight.
When a tile is damaged, it's possible to replace it. Carefully heat the tile with a propane torch (with a flame-spreader nozzle). Be careful not to harm the other surrounding tiles. The damaged tiles can be lifted with a putty knife and paint scrubber.
Once you've successfully removed a tile, scratch all the old adhesive on the floor to come up with a perfect area to be occupied by the new tile. Any gouges in the base of the tile can be filled with floor-leveling compound or wood filler. Afterwards, give it some time to dry.
Look at the fit of the new tile. In case the new tile does not precisely fit in the area, carefully sand the tile edges or cautiously cut the excess with a straight edge and a sharp utility knife until the tile covers the area perfectly.
Apply a thin coat of adhesive tile floor in the opening, with a spreader or notched trowel. Then, heat the new tile with a garment iron to make it flexible. After that, set it carefully in place in the opening, pressing it hard on the adhesive. Always ensure you have applied enough weight the whole tile, and then allow the adhesive to cure. The minute the adhesive has cured, remove the weight.