How to Make a Vinyl Floor Flatten Out

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Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer

  • Vinyl floor adhesive

  • Putty knife

  • Rolling pin

  • Old rag

  • 2 by 4 piece of lumber that measures approximately 2 inches thick and 4 inches wide (length may vary)

  • Weight

Warning

Don't heat the vinyl floor too much with the hair dryer because it can cause it to blister up or discolor, according to Homeadditionplus.com.

A Common Problem With Vinyl Floor Is Curling at the Edges

Vinyl flooring is one of the "most popular floor coverings in homes today", according to Guides.metronorthchamber.com. That's because it's sturdy, easy to maintain, and easy to install. Vinyl flooring is also less expensive than linoleum. While you can lay down a beautiful vinyl floor without the expense of a contractor, it can pose problems by curling up around the edges of the room, especially if you didn't install baseboard molding. You can flatten the floor out in a few easy steps.

Step 1

Gently heat the vinyl floor with a hair dryer set on "low". After a few minutes when it's a bit more pliable, raise it up just so you can get to the back of it.

Step 2

Apply vinyl floor adhesive onto the back of the flooring with a putty knife. Then, press it back down flat.

Step 3

Wipe any excess vinyl floor adhesive off the surface with an old rag. Use a rolling pin to flatten the flooring down.

Step 4

Place the 2 by 4 on top of the vinyl floor to flatten it out. Place additional weight on the 2 by 4 to hold it in place. You can use heavy books or paint cans, for example. Allow the vinyl floor adhesive to set undisturbed according to the drying instructions on the container before you remove the wood and the weight.

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Kayar Sprang

Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.