Caring for and protecting laminate flooring is far easier than preventing and repairing scratches in hardwood floor. Here are a few quick fixes for scratches in laminate floors as well as a few tips to help you prevent scratches in your laminate flooring in the first place.
How to Repair Scratches in Laminate Floors
Simple scratches in laminate flooring can be easily repaired with a basic kit. Your kit should include a putty knife and spatula as well as paste and a few pigments so that you can match the color of your laminate flooring. You can follow the directions on the kit to easily repair small or shallow scratches on your laminate floor.
For larger scratches that can be characterized as gashes or that actually crack or break the board, you may need to remove and replace the whole board in your laminate floor. Though a little bit more difficult than ripping out your repair kit, it’s not too hard.
- Remove the molding/ trim closest to the board you are removing. Do so carefully because you will need to put it back after you replace the board.
- Laminate boards interlock, so remove each board until you get to the damaged one, keeping them in order so you can easily replace them.
- Put a new laminate board in its place and then replace the original pieces back to the molding and replace that as well.
How to Prevent Scratches in Laminate Floors
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of repair! Here are a few tips to help you avoid constant scratch repair or board replacement on your laminate floors:
- You can prevent scratches in laminate floors by using felt pads or easy-glide protective buttons on the feet of furniture, including chair legs, table legs and bookshelves.
- Use doormats at all entry ways into rooms with laminate flooring. This will help trap dust and dirt that can build up over time and contribute to scratches.
- Use fabric or felt underneath furniture when you move it across the room. Otherwise, tiny rocks or large pieces of dirt can get caught underneath and scratch the floor.
- Place a drop cloth or tarp over the floor whenever you put something together or install something in the room with laminate flooring.
- Use only the recommended cleaning and shining products for your laminate floor, and follow manufacturer directions for care after installation.
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