Repairing Laminate Flooring
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 30, 2016)
One of the best things about laminate floors is how easy they can be to repair. Unlike natural flooring, repairing laminate flooring can usually be done without having to pull up the entire floor. Surprisingly, repairing laminate flooring is only limited to the amount of work that you want to put in. There are several methods that you can use when repairing your laminate flooring, and before you go rushing off in a panic, take a look at them.
- Scratches. Without a doubt, scratches are some of the most common types of difficulties that people face with any kind of flooring. Laminate wood flooring, while resilient, is still susceptible to getting scratches. When you notice a scratch in your laminate flooring, you can repair it fairly easily (as long as the scratch isn't too big). The very first thing that you should do is take a look at your local home improvement store. Many laminate wood flooring manufacturers also make kits that you can use to repair any scratches. If you can find one, simply follow the directions that came with the kit. However, if you can't find one, then you can try to match the color of the laminate with some "touch-up" paint, or replace the damaged section.
- Remove that section. While more labor intensive than using a repair kit, by removing the damaged section, you will be able to replace the damaged sections with a new piece of laminate that perfectly matches the existing floor. In order to remove the section though, you will need to do the reverse of what you did to install the flooring, and you can easily find yourself pulling up half of the floor to replace one tiny little damaged section.
- Deep clean. Often what may look like a huge scratch can actually be a stain, or some other bit of dirt. Before doing anything drastic, try doing a deep clean and see if that helps at all. If it does, then you are in luck, you are finished. Be sure that you completely sweep, mop, and even scrub the area as needed to ensure that you know whether you are faced with a scratch or a crack.
- Reinstall professionally. Perhaps the single best way to repair your damaged laminate floor is to hire a professional. While it is more expensive than doing it yourself, you will be guaranteed that the repaired floor will match throughout the room, that you will be pleased with the work.
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