How to repair a scratched laminate floor

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Laminate flooring can be described as durable, although there are times when accidents are bound to happen, resulting in marks on the floor.

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As the demand for laminate flooring is gaining popularity according to Contracting Flooring Journal now is a good time to find out how to repair any scratches to your laminate flooring.

Floor colour matching

Contact the manufacturer of the waterproof laminate flooring to find out whether they stock a repair putty or wax that is the same colour as your floor. Most stockists will have supplies that can be easily applied by a diy-er to the floor.

Minor scratches

With small scratches you can use a wax pencil or crayon to fill the marks in. However, it is important to choose a pencil that is a good colour match. Use a smooth cloth to rub down the sides of the crayon to help it to merge into the scratch.

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Scrapes to the surface

When there is deeper marking to the waterproof laminate flooring use putty with a scraping knife to help smooth the putty into the surface, which should then be rubbed down with a cloth for a smoother finish, such as those shown here:

When laminate needs to be replaced

If the damage is any greater than that mentioned above – for example, if there is severe peaking, peeling or gapping, then the flooring may need to be removed and the laminate replaced.