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Do Vinyl Floors Dent Easily? (Here’s Why)

Do Vinyl Floors Dent Easily

That is a good question and if they do, can it be fixed?  There are three popular types of vinyl flooring; peel and stick, plank, and sheet.  They come in a variety of designs and colors.   

To find the answer to this question, continue to read this informative article.

Types of Vinyl Flooring

  • Peel and stick:  This type of vinyl flooring is tiles that are quick and easy to install.  They are also removable.  This is one of the best choices for small places, such as the bathroom or other small rooms. This is a great DIY project.  These come in planks or tiles and have an adhesive backing.  To install, all you have to do is line up the tiles or planks at the room edges and make precise cuts to make sure they fit properly.
  • Plank flooring:  This type has the look of real hardwood flooring but not the expensive price.  The flooring has a rich, deep texture.  Most of this type has a foam core; this is what delivers strength and rigidity to the floor.   It can be installed over existing floors including tile, wood, concrete, and vinyl with a tongue-and-groove technique that clicks together.  This is good for kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and ay high-traffic areas.
  • Sheets:  This is the type that you should use in large areas.  It is easy to maintain.  This flooring comes in rolls that generally measure six-or 12-feet wide.  There is a fiberglass core that helps it to not curl, expand, contract, or crack.  It can even be used in areas with high moisture.

Does Vinyl Flooring Dent?

Yes, it can, especially if it is under pressure, which means is that if something heavy is put on the vinyl flooring and left to sit there for a long period of time, the flooring can be dented. 

One of the reasons that they dent easier when comparing them to other types of flooring such as wood is that vinyl flooring has less dense material. 

Ways to Help Prevent Vinyl Flooring From Denting

  • Make sure that you do not drop anything heavy on the floor.
  • Use furniture coasters to help prevent denting.  These can also be used on tables, chairs, under appliances, etc that will put weight on your vinyl flooring
  • In high traffic areas, you should use a floor mat because over time, these areas can show scratches and wear.
  • In a commercial setting, the vinyl flooring should have a high wear-layer; it should be a 12 mil or higher
  • Be careful about wearing high heels on vinyl floors because if you walk heavy, these can leave dents in your vinyl flooring.
  • Try to avoid moving heavy appliances across the vinyl flooring such as scooting them. 
  • After installing your vinyl flooring, make sure that you do not put anything heavy on the floor for 24 to 48 hours to help prevent dents.

How to get Dents out of Vinyl Flooring

  • Remove all the dust from the floor:  Make sure that the first thing you do is to remove any dust and debris from the floors.  You can do this by using a spray cleaner according to the directions along with using paper towels to wipe the floors. 
  • Put a dishtowel over the dent:  Once the dented area is clean, soak a dishtowel in clean water.  Squeeze out the excess water.  Put the damp dishtowel over the dented area.
  • Pre-heat an iron:  Place the pre-heated iron, using the cotton setting, over the damp dish towel and rub the iron in a circular motion about an inch above the dishtowel for approximately three minutes.
  • Examine the dent and floor:  After five to ten minutes, examine the vinyl flooring.  You are looking to see if the dents have poppedout.  If there are still dents, you will have to repeat the procedure from the second step forward until the dents pop out.

A hairdryer can be used in place of the iron if you do not have an iron. 

Make sure that you do not put any heat directly on the vinyl flooring as this could melt the flooring. 

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This is why you need to hold it above the dent.

If you have vinyl tiles and they become dented, here is how you can fix them.

  • Remove the tile that is dented at the seam or edge using a putty knife. 
  • Flip the tile over so the back is exposed
  • Use your fingers or the flat part of the putty knife, apply gentle pressure to pop the indentation back into place.
  • Once the indentation is out, spread some adhesive on the tile where the indentation was.  Depending on the severity of the indentation, use as much adhesive as you need on the tile and in the area where the dent was.  Make sure that you do not use too much adhesive and put a lump in the flooring. The adhesive will help to prevent the dent from sinking back down into the floor after being walked on several times.  You will then need to apply a thin layer of adhesive to the rest of the tile so it will stick to the flooring when you put it back down on the floor.
  • Make sure that the tile is set back in its right position before you press it down with your hands to help it stick.  Make sure that you do not press on the indented area if you can avoid it.  If you need to press on that area, do not do it too hard because the dent can reappear. It needs to set before it is pressed on hard or walked on.


  • Vinyl floor is durable and affordable
  • If you select the right type, it will resist wear and tear better
  • Make sure that you take preventative measures to prevent dents in your vinyl flooring in the first place.
  • In some cases, the dents may be permanent and they will not come out or only partially come out.