How to Fix Linoleum That’s Peeling Up


Calm down if the fact that the edges of your linoleum are beginning to curl up causes you to worry that its time has come to an end. A little bit of curling does not always indicate that you need to shell out money for new flooring. The edges may occasionally detach themselves from the floor because of a loss of adhesion, which is often caused by dampness. If the linoleum is still in excellent condition and you do not want to replace it, you can simply flatten it again with a few simple items from the hardware store. This is an option if the linoleum is still in good condition.

  1. To make the linoleum somewhat more flexible, use a high-heat setting of a hair dryer toward it for a minute or two. Pull the linoleum back with a light hand.

  2. Remove any debris from the exposed subfloor. To remove debris, you may use a scraper made of plastic. The dust may be brushed into a dustbin, or the particles can be vacuumed away. There is a possibility that it is wet if moisture has made its way between the linoleum and the subfloor. Before moving further with the process, let it a few days to dry naturally in the air.

  3. Utilizing a putty knife, apply an equal layer of flooring glue on the reverse side of the linoleum. Making the linoleum as flat as possible and rolling it out with a brayer or rolling pin can enable it to adhere more firmly.

  4. Using a wet cloth, remove any excess glue that may have oozed out from beneath the edge of the linoleum. This should be done as soon as possible. Linoleum should have weights placed on top of it. things like phone books or a two-by-four are examples. Cans and heavy boxes should be used to further weigh them down.

  5. After allowing the glue to dry for a full 24 hours, remove the weights.

    Things You Will Need

    • Hair dryer

    • Plastic scraper

    • Broom and dust pan

    • Vinyl flooring adhesive

    • Putty knife

    • Brayer or rolling pin

    • Damp rag

    • Weights


    When you see that your linoleum has started to peel, you need to act promptly. It is in your best interest to have the repairs done as quickly as possible.

    After the glue has had a chance to dry, put a bead of silicone caulk around the edge of the linoleum anywhere it will be exposed to moisture, such as at the bottom of the bathtub. This will prevent water from penetrating the surface, which would otherwise cause more peeling.

    Consider putting baseboards around the walls of the room to assist keep the edges of the linoleum down and prevent the linoleum from peeling up again. This will prevent your linoleum from peeling up again.


    When taking back the linoleum, particularly when it is still cold, use caution. It is possible for it to fracture and fold, or even for a piece to break off.

    Be careful not to let the flooring become too hot. An too high temperature might cause the finish to blister or become a different hue.

    If the flooring has been damaged as a consequence of moisture, such as wood rot or mould growth, the damage must be repaired before the linoleum may be re-adhered to the subfloor.

    When dealing with goods such as flooring glue, it is important to follow the guidelines provided by the manufacturer and to take the safety measures that are advised.