Luxury vinyl plank Flooring, also known as LVP, is a fantastic choice for modern floors. It's incredibly durable and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors and patterns. Plus, LVP typically only requires minimal maintenance. However, it's not immune to all problems. Repairs may be necessary if you've dented your floor with a dropped object or found that it's lifted after improper maintenance. Here's how to repair luxury vinyl plank flooring in a few easy steps. 

How to Repair Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring 

ProTip: Order Extra 

While it may be too late at this point, a great future tip is to order a little extra when installing LVP floors. Doing so will ensure you have an exact match to your current planks should anything go wrong with your floor in the future. 

Glue Down Flooring Repair

If you're LVP is installed with glue, repairs should be relatively painless. 

  • Peel up your affected plank using a scraper or other tool with a thin edge. Try not to damage the corners or the surface because if lifting is your problem, you can simply glue it back down. 
  • Use a floor scraper or painter's tool to clean up your subfloor. Remove all old glue residue; try to get as smooth a surface as possible. 
  • Clean the area by vacuuming up all debris, even the smallest particles. 
  • Apply new adhesive with a paintbrush or small roller. You can also use a trowel. However, getting a solid layer to hold your LVP without being too thin or thick is the key. 
  • Check your instructions and see if the adhesive requires drying before laying down the flooring. Some require a few minutes to allow them to set. 
  • When your adhesive is ready, lay down the plank. Staring in the middle, use your hands to press down and out, smoothing out the plank from the center to the edges. 
  • Use a clean, dry roller to roll over the plank, pressing down as firmly as possible. Don't forget the edges and corners! 
  • Clean up any seepage with a damp, clean rag. Wipe away any adhesive that has squished from beneath the plank before it dries. 
  • Let it dry completely. Usually, this takes eight hours or more. If you find that you did not fully clean up excessive adhesive prior to it drying, you may need to use mineral spirits to remove it. 

Click and Lock Vinyl Flooring 

With click-and-lock flooring, there isn't an easy way to remove and replace the affected plank. You'll need to start at the wall or edge close to your damaged plank and begin removing the LVP planks. In most cases, you can get under an edge and gently unlock one section from another. Make sure you take care not to damage any of your good planks. Continue lifting and disconnecting the pieces until you make your way to the edge of the problematic part. 

When you reach the affected plank, you can replace it with a new one. This is when having bought extra LVP during the installation process really comes in handy. Then, proceed to re-install your floor, working outwards from the replaced plank to the wall where you started. Thankfully, there is no waiting for the adhesive to dry. Your floor is as good as new! 

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