How to Repair Laminate Floor

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How to Repair Laminate Floor

Laminate flooring is a popular choice, particularly in kitchens, bathrooms, and high traffic areas. Good quality laminate flooring is attractive, hardwearing, and durable, as well as being easy to clean and maintain. Despite long lasting durability, laminate flooring may develop scratches and scrapes from general wear and tear, items dragging across the floor, or objects dropping onto the floor. Minor and moderate scratches and scrapes are quick and easy to repair with a few basic supplies. However, larger areas of damage and deep scrapes and gouges require more intensive repair in the form of replacing the damaged boards. Consumers can perform all of these repairs themselves to save money and extend the life of their laminate flooring.

How to Remove Light Scratches

Light scratches are common in laminate flooring and occur from scuffs, dropping things, and general, everyday wear and tear. Repairing a light scratch in laminate flooring, making it invisible, is simple. Find a wax crayon that closely matches the colour of the laminate. Rub the crayon across the scratch, in the opposite direction to the scratch. Use short strokes and cover the entire length of the scratch. This fills in the scratch with wax. Take a soft cloth, such as cotton or microfibre and use small circular motions to buff the edges of the scratch. This effectively moulds the wax into the scratch and smooths out the excess so it blends with the rest of the floor and renders the scratch invisible.

How to Remove Deeper Scratches

Deeper or wider scratches and scrapes require more than just a wax crayon for a successful repair. Take floor repair putty and a putty knife. Apply the putty to the knife and, holding the knife at a 45 degree angle to the floor, wipe it across the damaged area. Repeat this process from multiple angles. This ensures that the damaged area is properly filled. Remove the excess putty from the knife. Hold the knife with the edge straight against the floor and draw it across the filled area. This removes excess putty and provides a smooth, even finish. Sand over the filled areas using fine grain sandpaper to achieve the best possible finish.

Summary

Performing repairs on light scratches, moderately deep scratches, and wider scrapes is reasonably straightforward. Consumers only require a few basic but crucial supplies for each repair.

Type of Scratch

Item Required

Light Scratch

Wax pencil

Soft cloth

Deeper Scratch

Floor repair putty

Putty knife or wooden craft stick

Sandpaper

When making repairs to laminate flooring, consumers must make sure that they have all their supplies to hand. Consumers who require floor repair putty should, for the best results, choose a putty that closely matches the colour of their laminate flooring. This greatly reduces the visibility of the repair.

How to Replace Snap -Together Laminate Floorboards

Laminate floorboards often have a snap-together fastening mechanism that provides a simple method of laying and a sturdy, robust finish. When damage to a board occurs that cannot be repaired, a new board must be laid. Before purchasing a new laminate board, consumers must make sure the colour of the new board matches the remainder of the floor. Simply purchasing the exact same model is not always the best course of action as laminate fades with age and exposure to sunlight, therefore consumers may need to opt for a few shades lighter.

Use a ruler and a soft pencil and mark out two straight lines lengthwise down the centre of the damaged board around 5 cm apart. Connect the lines with two smaller lines 5 cm from each end, forming a rectangle. Drill a 2 cm hole into each corner of the marked rectangle. Using a circular saw with the cutting depth set to the depth of the board, start in the middle of a line and cut to the corner. Turn the saw and cut the other half of the line to the corner, then repeat this process with the remaining lines. Pull out the middle section. Cut from one corner of the gap to the nearest outer corner, then repeat for the remaining corners, taking care not to touch an adjoining board. Set aside the saw and pull out the remainder of the board.

Take the replacement board and turn it face down. Cut off the groove sections from the bottom and one side of the board using a utility knife. Then cut away the tongue section from the top of the board leaving just one tongue section running down one edge of the board. Apply carpet glue to the protruding tongue sections of the adjacent boards on the existing floor then place the board, with the tongue section in the vacant groove, into the vacant spot on the floor. Place a heavy item on top of the board overnight to allow it to dry properly in place.

How to Buy Laminate Flooring and Repair Supplies on eBay

eBay sellers offer a wide array of laminate flooring in a range of colours, sizes, pack sizes, and styles, along with all the products you need to repair your existing flooring, from wax crayons to floor repair putty, circular saws, and single laminate boards. Maximise your potential to bag a bargain and make big savings by checking out eBay Deals. Instead of laying a whole new floor because yours has areas of damage, save yourself a significant sum and make the repairs yourself. Whether you have a few light scratches or a severely damaged board, you can make the repairs yourself by following a few simple steps.

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