Step 1: Cut Out the Patch

cutting a patch of vinyl flooring to fix a tear
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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To disguise the fix, replace the entire "tile," or pattern, that's damaged. Whether your patch is coming from a scrap piece or out of the floor, place a utility knife on the edge of the pattern and tilt the blade slightly—about 5 degrees—away from the center of the patch. Line up a framing square with the edge of the pattern and against the blade, then cut one side. Repeat on all sides, then pull the patch free.

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