How Can I Repair Scratches in Laminate Flooring?

Scuffs and scratches happen. Learn how to fix laminate flooring with these simple how-to steps.

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If you're anything like us, you love your laminate flooring and will take measures to protect it. However, life happens. Kids, pets, and furniture are potential hazards for your floors, so when scratches show up, don't fret! This is an easy and inexpensive fix you can handle yourself. Follow these steps to see how you can make your floors look like new again! 

What You Need

  • Floor cleaner
  • Laminate floor repair kit (includes putty, putty knife)
  • Clean cloth
  • Paper plate
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Polyurethane and small brush (optional)

Step 1: Prep Floor

Use the appropriate floor cleaning solution to clean the surface you wish to repair. As with any standard cleaning, use caution to avoid liquids from pooling on the laminate floor for an extended period of time to avoid warping or water damage to floor pieces Let dry completely.

Step 2: Apply Putty

Apply putty according to manufacturer instructions. Some kits may have you first mix putty colors to get the right match. Mix on a paper plate using putty knife.

Apply putty to the scratch using a putty knife. While still wet, wipe away excess putty with cloth. Let dry. 

Step 3: Finishing Touches

Sand surface lightly with a fine-grit sandpaper if necessary; wipe clean.

If desired, use a small paintbrush to apply polyurethane finish to match the floor's sheen. Let dry. 

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