Laminate floors are made to withstand normal wear-and-tear of daily life. Laminate flooring in general will give you many more years of enjoyment than carpet plus you have the look of the hardwood without spending all that money. But when your flooring is damaged, it’s easier to repair it than hardwood floors – you don’t sand laminate like a real wood floor, since laminate is a thin veneer. A small dent or scratch can be repaired using a laminate flooring repair kit you can buy in you local home remodeling store.
To repair laminate flooring you need:
- Laminate flooring repair kit (repair compound in matching color + color marker)
- Plastic scraper
- Metal scraper
- Small tray
Small “problems” you can fix with the color marker. Simply apply marker directly to minor scratches, worn edges, blemishes, and imperfections. Repeat as needed.
For more visible dents or scratches you need to use a filler called color compound. You can buy it a variety of colors to match your laminate floor. Different manufacturers of the compounds have different conditions of use, so just in case, read their instruction before use.
1. Squeeze the repair compound into a tray, and mix it well.
2. Press the repair compound into deep scratches, gouges, nail holes and cracks using the plastic scraper.
3. Use a metal scraper to quickly wipe off excess of the compound before it has time to dry.
Do not walk or clean your floor for the next 24 hours.
In case your floor plank or section is damaged to the point that compound will not fix it, your only choice is to replace the damaged planks. Use our guide “How to replace damaged laminate flooring” to learn how to do it. It is fairly simple procedure, but if you are not a DIY guru, find experienced flooring installed to do it for you.