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How to Repair Laminate Flooring

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Many laminate flooring issues are generally covered under the floor's warranty. Wear and tear and damage caused by unrecommended use or accidents are not often on the list of warranty coverages. Scratches, chips and cracks caused by daily use do occasionally happen. They do not mean your floor is destroyed. You do not have to live with even the most minor flaws in your flooring. Learning how to repair laminate flooring is possible for those who hesitate to call in a professional or want to avoid the price tag that comes with it.


Repair minor scratches or surface issues.

  1. Clean the damaged area.Make sure the floor is dry before you proceed.
  2. Purchase a kit to repair laminate floors.Kits come in a variety of colors so you can find one that matches your floor. If you have an extra piece of your flooring on hand, take it with you to purchase your repair supplies in order to guarantee a matching color.
  3. Fill in the scratches with the putty or crayon that comes in the laminate floor repair kit.The putty or wax will fill in the scratch. You can use a knife or a putty knife to press the putty into larger scratches.
  4. Wipe the area with a dry cloth to remove extra wax or coloring that got on undamaged flooring.

Repair major issues near the edge of the laminate flooring.

  1. Take the baseboard off the wall.Use care when completing this step so that you do not cause yourself more work and cost by damaging the wall or the baseboard. When expertly removed, a baseboard can be reapplied to the wall once the flooring repair is complete.
  2. Lift out the floor boards starting with the ones closest to the wall.Work in to the site of the damage.
  3. Replace the damaged board with a new one.The tongue and groove of opposite pieces will interlock.
  4. Return all the boards you removed to their place.Work in reverse order as when you removed them.
  5. Tack the baseboard or molding back in place.

Replace laminate flooring in difficult to get to areas.

  1. Locate the damaged board.
  2. Cut a section out of the center of the board.The best way to do this is to drill a few holes 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) in from each side. Cut through the board from one hole to the next.
  3. Remove the center.
  4. Cut from the center to the outer edge of the remaining parts of the board.
  5. Take out the edge pieces.
  6. Cut the tongue off your new, replacement board.
  7. Apply floor glue to the edges of the replacement board.
  8. Fit the board into place.Match the groove on your new board with the tongue on the existing piece of laminate already installed in your floor. Because you removed the tongue from the new laminate board, the board should now fall into place.
  9. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess glue.
  10. Weight the repaired area.Select something heavy or use weights to lay on top of the entirety of the newly glued board. Keep the weights on the board for 24 hours to ensure the glue is completely dry.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I repair spots that are buckling on a laminate floor?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The floor often expands with weather conditions and buckles if there is not a gap under the baseboard to allow for flooring expansion. Remove baseboards near the floor buckling area and ensure there is a gap between the wall and flooring. If not, trim the flooring to have a 1/4" gap between flooring and the wall. When you reinstall the baseboard, it will cover the gap.
  • Question
    How do I cover or repair spots from alcohol or bleach spots?
    Top Answerer
    You may be able to buy a crayon-like marking pencil of a matching color wherever you bought the flooring. It's made for hiding such flaws.
  • Question
    How do I repair a section of flooring where there are gaps between boards?
    Top Answerer
    There are blocks and pull bars available for pounding out gaps. Get them anywhere that sells laminate flooring.
  • Question
    What is tongue and groove flooring?
    Top Answerer
    It consists of planks of wood or laminate that feature a groove (or furrow) on one edge and a tongue (or tab) on the other edge. The tongue of one plank fits into the groove of an adjacent plank to form a flat and stable surface.
  • Question
    How do I get black marks off of laminate flooring?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Toluene. It will erase black scuff marks, even the deep appliance marks when applied as directed on any laminate flooring, and works great on vinyl window frames, vinyl shutters, and siding. Find it at any hardware store. Make sure you follow the directions and wear proper protection (safety glasses and gloves, etc.) and keep away from any ignition source. Open a window for good ventilation. Just like any other solvent, use common sense.
Unanswered Questions
  • How do I remove pet scratch marks from laminate flooring?
  • I have slight water damage to my high gloss laminated floor which has caused bubbling on joints,can I use a heatgun on this and with a clean cloth press them back down?
  • Coconut oil took the finish off my flooring. How do I restore the finish?
  • How do I repair a center board that is higher than the rest of the floor? it might be a result of a slightly overlapped underlayment.
  • Due to sitting water laminate has started to lift just a bit at a seam. Any help for this issue?
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Quick Summary

To repair minor scratches or surface issues on laminate flooring, start by cleaning the affected area. Next, buy a kit that matches your floor color and fill in the scratches with the putty or crayon. Alternatively, to repair major issues near the edge of the flooring, start by taking the baseboard off the wall so you can lift out the floorboards closest to the wall. Replace the damaged board with a new one, re-lay the other boards, and put the baseboard back in place.

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Things You'll Need

  • Laminate repair kit
  • Laminate floor board
  • Floor Glue
  • Damp cloth
  • Dry cloth
  • Putty knife

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