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How do I repair laminate flooring?

Whether your laminate flooring has minor chips and scratches or water-damaged boards, repairing it is a project you can do yourself with the right tools and technique.

Repairing Scratches

  1. Wipe the damaged part of the floor with a clean, damp cloth. Let the floor dry completely before you proceed.
  2. Get laminate floor repair putty for larger chip repairs or a floor repair marker for smaller scratches. Take an extra piece of flooring with you to the home improvement store, if you have one, to find the closest color.
  3. Take off the cap of the marker and carefully color in the scratches. Let the marker dry for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Scoop out a bit of putty on a putty knife and spread it into the chipped area. Use the putty knife to smooth it out to level with the rest of the board, then let it dry for 1 hour.
  5. Carefully wipe around the repaired area to remove any marker or filler that got on the undamaged flooring. If you used putty, be sure to do this before it dries.

Replacing Damaged Boards

  1. start at the side closest to the damaged board or boards. Remove any baseboards, thresholds, or molding from around the area
  2. Insert a pry bar under the boards at their seams and press down on the end of it like a lever to pop the joints loose. Work from the edge where you removed baseboards and molding in towards the site of the damage until you can remove the damaged boards
  3. Line up the tongue and groove of the new board the same way as those of the board you removed were lined up. Snap the new piece into position.
  4. Work in reverse order as when you removed them, starting with the boards surrounding the replacement board. Line up the tongues and grooves, then slide or gently tap them back into place with a hammer if there is a lot of friction.
  5. Line up the baseboards, molding, and thresholds in the same order you removed them to reinstall them around the edges of the floor. Gently tack them back into place with baseboard nails and a hammer using the same nails and holes as before