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By: Lars
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For years, everything goes well and nothing is wrong. The sky is blue, there’s not a cloud in sight, and the sun is shining just right. You walk in and happen to glance at the floor, only to see something you would have preferred never to see: a scratch on your Whalebone Vinyl floor! Your heart rate increases slightly, and you stressfully send a message to your better half to share this terrible news. Fortunately, we are here to assist you during this difficult time, and there is no need to worry. In this blog, you will learn all about how to get rid of, treat, and repair scratches on Herringbone Vinyl, for example.

How do scratches occur on a floor?

Floer Nature Rigid Click Vinyl – Veluwe Untreated

Although the rock-solid wear layer on vinyl flooring provides scratch resistance, there are still plenty of scenarios that can result in annoying scratches on your wide Vinyl floor. Need some examples that will turn your good mood into that of a James Bond villain? Is a cat accidentally knocking over a vase from a windowsill? Scratch. A child who decides to go on a creative exploration and starts working the floor with scissors? Scratch. An inebriated friend working a bar table to the floor at full speed? Scratch. There are plenty of reasons, and unfortunately, you may not be able to prevent them all. Even if you think you have everything under control, forgetting one small detail can be disastrous. Remember that time you forgot to stick a felt pad under a metal chair leg? You can feel it coming, can’t you? Scratch.

Repairing damage on a Vinyl

If harm has already been done, there is only one thing left to do: fix it, repair it, and move on. We understand that a scratch on your floor can be mentally challenging. Nevertheless, we advise you to take action as soon as possible and remove the scratch, for example, on a Tile Vinyl floor. A healthy floor looks nicer than one with a war wound.

Floer Whalebone Vinyl – Cetus Cream

Scratches on a Vinyl

Small scratches on a floor can be easily repaired using a repair kit. These kits typically involve filling the scratch with a mixture of melted wax cubes. They are suitable for all types of laminate flooring, including wide and herringbone laminate, as well as dryback vinyl flooring. Alternatively, for visible small scratches in vinyl flooring, you can use a vinyl polish. This type of polish is only appropriate for repairing scratches on the top layer of the floor. Note that Dryback Vinyl, Rigid Click Vinyl, and Laminate floors cannot be sanded like oak parquet floors due to their unsuitability and thinness.

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Do you want to take extra good care of your floor? Use Vinyl Cleaner as a cleaning agent! This concentrated cleaner reduces stains and dirt on the floor, while also providing extra protection to the top layer!

Vinyl plank replacement

Getting rid of deep scratches in a vinyl floor using a repair kit can be challenging. It is often better to opt for alternative repair methods. If the dryback vinyl floor has significant damage, it may be best to remove the damaged section entirely. This is because replacing the dryback vinyl planks is less labor-intensive than repairing the scratches with a repair kit. The repair work with a kit requires a high level of precision and attention to detail. The colour of the floor has to be matched and each scratch repaired individually. As a result, replacing the board is often the preferred option.

Replacing a Dryback Vinyl plank is a straightforward process. First, use a hairdryer to heat the board, then pull it loose. After removing the damaged plank, prepare the substrate for the new vinyl strip. Once done, the new plank can be clicked in place. If you have a floor with a click connection, replacing a plank is a bit more labor-intensive compared to repairing a bonded vinyl floor.

Replacing Rigid Click Vinyl plank

In the middle of the damaged rigid click vinyl plank, you may see a square hole that allows you to remove the broken piece and create a hole in the middle of the floor. The remaining part of the plank should be sawn at all corners and then removed from the click connection, allowing the entire plank to be taken out. Once the damaged plank is removed, you can lay the new rigid click vinyl plank. However, this requires some extra attention! You need to remove the click connection on one end and one long side of the plank. Yes, you read it correctly: the click connection has to come off! Then, click the plank into the floor and glue the part that no longer has a click connection to the remaining floorboards.

For all the cases mentioned, we advise you to contact the Floer dealer first. The dealers will assess the situation and provide appropriate advice accordingly.

Preventing scratches

Floer Tile Vinyl – Marble Light Grey

Is your floor still damage-free and do you want to keep it that way? There are a few things you can do to prevent scratches. The easiest thing is to buy felt pads and attach them under the legs of chairs, tables, and sofas. Felt pads are relatively cheap and easy to install.

Another way to prevent scratches is to buy a cleaning mat. These mats should be placed at the front door so that you, family members, and visitors can clean their shoe soles immediately upon entering. This will prevent pebbles and sand from getting stuck under shoes and causing scratches on the top layer of your floor. Regular vacuuming also helps to remove pebbles and sand.

Is your floor beyond repair?

Are you in need of a new floor or simply curious about the different floors offered by Floer? Take a look at the range and request the free Floer catalogue! In addition to the waterproof laminate floors from the Country House and City collections, there are other floors with special sizes and high water resistance. If you’re looking for a floor that is 100% water resistant, Dryback Vinyl and Rigid Click Vinyl floors might be the solution for you. Discover, for example, the extra-large wide Vinyl floors or the special Tile Rigid Click Vinyl and Dryback Tile Vinyl floors. With the large and wide vinyl strips, your home will have an amazing look. If you’re curious about the Floer in the picture at the top of the page, that’s one of our popular Whalebone Vinyl floors! Discover the XL herringbone vinyl floors and check out customer reviews. Have you already made a choice? Then order a sample of your favourite Floer!

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