How to Fix Linoleum That's Peeling Up


Linoleum flooring is generally very durable and can last 25 to 40 years with proper care, according to North Dakota State University. However, linoleum floors can begin to peel over time, especially if the subflooring has water damage. If there is no subfloor damage, you can easily adhere the flooring back into place to avoid the cost of replacement. Damaged subfloors require repair of the wood underneath, in which case you'll have to replace the linoleum floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom or shop vac
  • Floor adhesive
  • Paintbrush
  • Floor roller
  • Damp sponge
  • Large, heavy item
  • Gently peel back the edge of the linoleum flooring and check your subfloor for moisture. The floor will appear wet and the backing of the flooring may be damp. The wood underneath the floor may also feel soft or pliable when you step on it. If there is no moisture, you may use adhesive to fix the peeling floors.

  • Clean the underside of the linoleum by sweeping dirt and debris with a broom or use a shop vacuum to clean up all loose particles on the floor and on the underside of the linoleum.

  • Apply a small amount of floor adhesive to the underside of the flooring. Use a small paintbrush to apply an even coating.

  • Press the floor back into place and use a floor roller to apply pressure to the edges of the linoleum.

  • Wipe away any excess adhesive with a damp sponge.

  • Place a heavy object on top of the linoleum overnight so that it will dry flat. Choose a heavy book or a piece of furniture that lies flat on the floor.

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