If right now you are concerned about the choice of flooring and are inclined to stay on linoleum, then be prepared that very soon unsightly scratches may appear on a new flooring. Remember, during operation, even such a high-quality and reliable material as linoleum, under mechanical action, is prone to defects that not only spoil the appearance of the coating, but also reduce its strength and shorten its useful life.
If such a nuisance has already happened to you, then you should not be very upset and immediately run to the store for a new flooring. Having shown imagination and having spent some time, you can eliminate defects on linoleum independently and practically without a trace. Just use the 3 methods below.
Method number 1 - Use a coin
This option to eliminate scratches is suitable if the defects are not very deep, but at the same time you can see the terry from the top layer of the material. You will need a regular coin, preferably a large size and a little patience. This work is very painstaking and involves carefully masking damage.
Take a coin and with a rough edge of the ribs begin to rub the place of the defect. When the mahr is smoothed and takes the color of the main part of linoleum, wipe this place with a damp rag. You will see that the defect becomes almost invisible to the eye.
Method number 2 - Use wax
The next way to give a spoiled linoleum a second life is to hide the flaws with wax. If the scratches are small and located in inconspicuous places, then you can use a wax pencil or crayon precisely. To eliminate large defects located in an open area of the flooring, experts suggest waxing the entire surface of the flooring. So you not only hide scratches, but also update the appearance of linoleum as a whole.
When agreeing to the second option, remember that over time, the wax layer tends to wear off, so this coating will require periodic updates.
Method number 3 - Use mastic for linoleum
Unfortunately, scratches on linoleum are a fairly common problem. Therefore, manufacturers of building materials made sure that the owners of such flooring could reanimate it using special means. You can buy mastic for linoleum in any hardware store, it’s even easier to choose the color, because the range of colors is huge.
If you do not want or do not have the opportunity to buy a special tool, then try to make mastic yourself. Take the piece of linoleum remaining after laying (if any) and use a coin to erase the top layer from the coating. Mix the resulting shavings with colorless nail polish or special linoleum glue and cover the scratches on the material with the resulting product.
The above methods are the most common and effective, so they will help you in the difficult task of restoring linoleum. In the end, I would like to be careful and avoid mechanical damage to the coating, and then you do not have to “reinvent the wheel” and think about how to return the old look to a damaged floor.