Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

Filling a few minor scratches on a laminate floor can be done with a wax pencil that matches the color of the floor. The scratch is filled in with the wax, blending it into the rest of the laminate’s surface. Rub the tip of the wax pencil back and forth across the scratch in the opposite direction that the scratch is moving. Use short strokes to fill in the scratch from one end to the next. Once the scratch has been filled with wax, use a soft cloth to gently buff the edges of the repair until it blends in with the rest of the floor.
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Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

Filling Minor Scratches Filling a few minor scratches on a laminate floor can be done with a wax pencil that matches the color of the floor. The scratch is filled in with the wax, blending it into the rest of the laminate’s surface. Rub the tip of the wax pencil back and forth across the scratch in the opposite direction that the scratch is moving. Use short strokes to fill in the scratch from one end to the next. Once the scratch has been filled with wax, use a soft cloth to gently buff the edges of the repair until it blends in with the rest of the floor.
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Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

Although laminate flooring looks like hardwood, when it comes to repairing scratches, it’s a different beast. Unlike with hardwood floors, you can’t sand or buff scratches out of laminate, because only the top layer of the flooring is colored. Your dark, shiny laminate floor’s surface covers a core of particle board, and sanding out the scratch would only remove more of the surface and display more of the particle board. Instead, use a laminate touch-up kit, available at your hardware store. These kits come in several varieties, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you use it effectively.
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Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

If you have a wide scrape or a deeper scratch, a wax pencil won’t be enough to fill and repair the floor. In this case, floor repair putty is used. Use either a putty knife or a wooden craft stick to spread the putty across the scrape or scratch. Hold the knife at a 45-degree angle to the floor and press the putty across the scrape from multiple angles to ensure it gets filled completely. Turn the knife on its edge and scrape it across both the surrounding floor and the repair to level off the putty and ensure a flat, even repair. The putty will harden within a day to become a permanent repair.
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Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

Fixing Minor Scrapes If you have a wide scrape or a deeper scratch, a wax pencil won’t be enough to fill and repair the floor. In this case, floor repair putty is used. Use either a putty knife or a wooden craft stick to spread the putty across the scrape or scratch. Hold the knife at a 45-degree angle to the floor and press the putty across the scrape from multiple angles to ensure it gets filled completely. Turn the knife on its edge and scrape it across both the surrounding floor and the repair to level off the putty and ensure a flat, even repair. The putty will harden within a day to become a permanent repair.
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Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

The key to a successful repair of a scratch or scrape on laminate flooring is matching the color of the floor. Whenever possible, contact the manufacturer of the flooring to get your repair kit directly from them. Nearly all laminate manufacturers sell repair kits that consist of wax pencils, colored putty and a putty knife to help repair minor damage. If you don’t know the manufacturer of the flooring, try taking a sample with you to the store to get a repair kit that matches in color. If this isn’t possible, your best option may be to get a repair kit that allows you to mix up a custom color of putty at home.
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Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

Matching the Color The key to a successful repair of a scratch or scrape on laminate flooring is matching the color of the floor. Whenever possible, contact the manufacturer of the flooring to get your repair kit directly from them. Nearly all laminate manufacturers sell repair kits that consist of wax pencils, colored putty and a putty knife to help repair minor damage. If you don’t know the manufacturer of the flooring, try taking a sample with you to the store to get a repair kit that matches in color. If this isn’t possible, your best option may be to get a repair kit that allows you to mix up a custom color of putty at home.
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Laminate Floor Scratch Repair

Prepare the putty that came with your repair kit for the more significant dog scratches on your laminate floor. If the repair kit is designed for your particular floor, it will be ready to use. If you had to purchase a non-specific repair kit, mix the putty in your kit with the paint color recommended at the store until you achieve the right color to match your floor. Scoop a small amount of putty onto the area where the scratch is and spread it onto the floor with a putty knife until it is smooth. Wipe away any surplus putty from the floor with a paper towel and allow it to dry.
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Step 4Prepare the putty that came with your repair kit for the more significant dog scratches on your laminate floor. If the repair kit is designed for your particular floor, it will be ready to use. If you had to purchase a non-specific repair kit, mix the putty in your kit with the paint color recommended at the store until you achieve the right color to match your floor. Scoop a small amount of putty onto the area where the scratch is and spread it onto the floor with a putty knife until it is smooth. Wipe away any surplus putty from the floor with a paper towel and allow it to dry.
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For many, laminate wood floors are the ideal choice since it gives off a rich feeling that closely resembles actual wood. Laminate also comes in a variety of other designs that are perfect for literally any room of the house. The beauty about laminate is not only its aesthetic appeal, but also its ease of use. Unlike wood and other flooring materials, laminate is extremely easy to install. Many homeowners will be familiar with the headache that comes with marble and wood flooring, however, laminate can give you the same look without the heavy installation and high pricing.
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Repair minor damage in laminate flooring Drop a knife or other sharp-edged item and you’ll get an instant chip in your laminate floor. But you don’t need to call in a pro, because this repair is strictly DIY. If you have the chip or an extra plank, take it to a home center or flooring supplier and match it up with a tube of laminate floor patching material. You may have to buy the two closest colors and mix them to match. While you’re there, buy a matching brand of cleaning solvent. Clean the flooring with the solvent and let it dry. Next, squeeze a dollop of filler onto a scrap piece of flooring or a mixing board and mix it with a putty knife until it begins to dry (Photo 1). Then press a shallow layer into the chip. Don’t try to fill the entire chip in one application. Clean off any excess with solvent. Let the first coat set for one hour before applying the next. After the filler hardens, use a knife to duplicate the grain pattern. Darken the cuts with furniture touch-up markers (Photo 2).
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Sand the area lightly with fine-grit sandpaper to bring the filler level with the floor’s surface. Sand only enough to remove excess filler, not enough to scratch the laminate. Wipe the laminate around the repair with a clean, damp cloth to remove any sanding dust or any remaining excess filler.
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4Sand the area lightly with fine-grit sandpaper to bring the filler level with the floor’s surface. Sand only enough to remove excess filler, not enough to scratch the laminate. Wipe the laminate around the repair with a clean, damp cloth to remove any sanding dust or any remaining excess filler.
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My dog likes to kowabunga off furniture whenever she enters or leaves a room.  We’re working on it.  But in the meantime, this is bad news bears for wood laminate floors in a rental house.  Having visions of having to pay to completely replace the floors when it’s time to move on, I googled whether there was a way to remove/lessen light scratches in wood or wood laminate flooring.  I found an e-how post explaining that you can remove scratches by rubbing a “meaty nut” such as an almond or walnut back and forth across the scratch.   The article even explained how to crack a nut open, for those of us who have somehow made it to the point in our lives where we have a home with wood floors but have never had the opportunity to use a nutcracker (??).  I’m going to be honest: I really didn’t think something this simple could work.  Especially because the article went through the trouble of explaining how to crack a nut.  I was pretty sure whoever wrote that post wrote it for us gullible folks, laughing as they imagined all the poor suckers like myself rubbing walnuts into the floor to no avail.

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