Asked on Jan 25, 2016

What can I do to temporally cover up torn up laminate flooring?

Help, our puppy managed to chew up part of our laminate flooring. The spots are about 2 ft square. We can't afford to replace it right now since it's one piece from our kitchen out in to the hallway. We hid the first one under a mat and the second one can't be hidden very well. We've been planing on putting down new flooring, some day. I'm guessing mod podge is probably a bad idea. A. it wouldn't hold up to traffic and B. hard to get up when it's time to replace the floor. Any ideas are welcome!
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  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jan 26, 2016
    Buy a vinyl remnant about the size of an area rug that would cover the space.Make it into a floor cloth,by priming it with spray paint primer(quick), then respray a solid enamel spray paint,or,paint a design with a can or two of enamel paint.may need to hot glue the corners to keep it flat,and prevent slipping.
  • Barbara Lowell Barbara Lowell on Jan 26, 2016
    can you find an inconspicuous place like in a closet that you could remove a piece and then handy "man" can splice it into place? Or faux paint over the damage. How on earth can a puppy chew a flat floor,how did it get a grip on it? Just trying to picture it, you should send a photo, it might spur imaginations. Mod Podge can be VERY strong if you do many layers. It doesn't have to be that durable, only until you replace the floor. But will the pup chew again???
    • Paige Paige on Jun 29, 2020

      Training your dog is the only long-term solution, OP.

      I love my dog so much but it constantly did the things that irked me most. It would chew on things that it shouldn’t or jump up and down out of the blue. Whenever I put on the leash, it would pull on it. Whenever it was out of the house, it would continue digging on the ground - I wish I could tell what it was looking for down there. All the things it did left me feeling depressed as if I failed it monumentally.

      But since I discovered Brain Training for Dogs and applied the system offered, it now behaves the way a beautiful dog I always expect of.

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 26, 2016
    Bad dog! Lol. I agree with removing a piece from a closet if possible and splicing it into place. Or getting a runner to match the rug you have covering the first hole.
  • Kini Kini on Jan 26, 2016
    How about floor cloth. There are several diy on the net. One I saw used an old table coth. You can find these at a thrif store inexpensive.
  • LD LD on Jan 26, 2016
    If you have the option of taking a section from a closet floor as Barbara Lowell and Barbara S stated, it would be your best option to restore that area until you can put down your new floor, if you don't have that option then I would fill in that area with some wood filler and faux paint to watch as best you can to the existing floor. The more important issue is that the puppy can and will repeat this no no. Now is the time to start training your puppy, and that means using a dog crate, so when you are not at home or can't watch his every move he can be created. Most trainers and breeders will tell you that this is a very necessary component in training your dog. There are crates that give you the availability to block off area inside in order to make it the size of your puppy now, but as they grow it will be the right size as well.
  • Karen Karen on Jan 26, 2016
    Get rid of the puppy! Just kidding, but he must be something to chew a flat floor covering. Good luck.
  • Janet AF Janet AF on Jan 26, 2016
    Buy a piece of tile the same thickness as the existing tile that is larger than the bad piece. I personally would not try to match it, I would buy something that is different but complimentary and I would buy a few pieces. Lay the new tile over the old and using a razor knife cut a beveled cut leaving the angle toward the middle of the bad piece. once you have the outline perfectly cut carefully clean out the piece you are removing all the way down to the sub floor this may require using some chemicals depends on which adhesive was used. I would buy a small container of a few things, ask the guy at Homey which chemicals are best for softening old floor adhesive. you will probably have to scrape it down with a razor. using your razor attempt to bevel your patch tile to match the bevel you cut in your original floor. Adhere the patch tile with the proper adhesive for your tile. Use vinyl floor seam adhesive around the edges of the patch following the directions. I would then place a flat object over the patch and place something heavy on it for at least 24 hours so that it has time to set before stressing it.
  • Ranger Ranger on Jan 26, 2016
    I had an Airedale puppy that ate the enitre linoleum floor in my laundry. I never saw the 'result' of that diet as he ate that too. haha Perhaps you could pick up a pretty cheap piece of carpet for the room? Some businesses that do flooring put the old carpet they have replaced out for the rubbish; you may be able to source some from them. They are usually pretty good about that. Best wishes.
  • Paul Paul on Jan 26, 2016
    Fill theHelp answer this question...fill the chewed part and paint the floor.
  • Nat rostad Nat rostad on Jan 26, 2016
    I am using just an old piece of thin plywood for an entry way, to keep water off the floor. It looked kinda like a carpet, so I painted it a nice design and now I love it, going to keep it. Hopefully a puppy wouldn't want to chew on wood. (especially if you coated it with a nasty tasting no-chew potion from the pet store. Good luck! p.s, pups will often chew out of boredom, walk, walk and walk again! Have fun
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    • Nat rostad Nat rostad on Jan 27, 2016
      @Ranger your miles ahead of me! I forgot Some people actually go to work!! lol Did you name him "Chomper"? Good luck!:)
  • Katherine Katherine on Jan 26, 2016
    Can you fill inthe areas with a peel and stick tile to look like a throw rug?
  • Donna Robb Donna Robb on Jan 26, 2016
    Enlarge the torn area enough to create a circle (for interest). Then buy some inexpensive peel and stick wall tiles in a complementary colour...the result can be amazing..and keep in mind just temporary. Our daughters' lab ate the grids on two sets of French doors...bad dog bad dog.!!!!!!
    • Suzan Suzan on Jan 27, 2016
      Super idea. Will put this on My GET IT DONE list. Creative and whimsical.
  • Lreg Lreg on Jan 26, 2016
    I think I would rob from the pantry and patch the chewed piece. If not then I would go to Home Improvement store or flooring store and buy single pieces and splice in at random places.
  • Ranger Ranger on Jan 27, 2016
    No, his name was Shotgun - don't ask me why... Long since gone now but a very staunch breed that doesn't moult.
  • I like the peel and stick idea! Thanks for everyone's input! The puppy like to chew wood so plywood might be another chew toy. lol.
  • Melissa Howell Melissa Howell on Jan 17, 2021

    Butanyway here is what my such nice and so kind dang puppy did to our kitchen floor And you wont to talk about someone who is mad at there little butts well that is me and why am I mad and pissed off it's due to the fact that we do not own this house we currently rent this house and I wouldn't pay anyone the money that my ole man does to live here but anyway I am needing some help from you guys if you are willing to help me out with this situation that I have got going on please I really would appreciate it I really would but anyway I will be checking back from time to time to see you guys opinion on this crappy dang situation that I have going on of all times tonight well you might as well say that it's already Sunday Morning which is the very next day anyway I will be checking from time to time to see if any of you have got any kind of suggestions that might just work and please let me know anyway or anything that you are able to come up with please