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Can I Use Laminate Flooring Sealant to Make it Waterproof?

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Published: Updated: 8 comments 4 minutes read

When installing new flooring, it’s crucial to prioritize moisture protection. With numerous flooring options available, it’s essential to understand the terms “water resistant” and “waterproof.” You may be wondering, can I use laminate flooring sealant? Keep reading to learn more!

Waterproof flooring can withstand water without sustaining damage. Even if exposed to moisture, it can be dried and reinstalled. On the other hand, water-resistant flooring may handle common liquid spills but offers limited protection against water. The duration of exposure to water is also a critical factor.

In the case of laminate flooring, most designs are categorized as water resistant. However, extra caution should be taken when installing it in moisture-prone areas. While laminate floors may have moisture protective cores and surfaces, they are often not completely waterproof. To enhance protection in kitchens, bathrooms, or entryways, consider using a flooring sealant alongside the installation.

How To Properly Use Sealant on Laminate Flooring

If you are looking to make your laminate flooring more moisture resistant, it is okay to apply laminate flooring sealant to the joints only. Laminate flooring is a floating floor, meaning it expands and contracts with temperature changes. It is important that the sealant is applied in the joints only, and does not restrict the natural movement of the flooring.

We recommend using a latex-based sealant that is water washable. Before using a sealant or glue, make sure it is safe for use with your specific flooring type. Simply apply the sealant into the joints and wipe away any excess sealant or residue after the flooring is installed. This will help protect your laminate flooring from moisture and keep it looking its best.

Keep in mind that laminate flooring has a surface made of aluminum oxide that should never be altered. This means that applying sealant, stains, or finishes directly to the surface is not a good idea and can void your warranty. Avoid using “protective” sealants, like polyurethane, as they may do more harm than good.

Consider Waterproof Flooring

If you are looking for a 100% waterproof flooring option, we recommend investing in vinyl plank flooring.

Discover Bestlaminate’s wide range of waterproof vinyl plank floors, providing you with endless options for your flooring needs. And if you’re still considering laminate flooring, we recommend checking out Quick-Step laminate flooring for its exceptional moisture resistance.

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We understand shopping for new flooring can be a major decision. But don’t worry, our team of flooring experts is here to guide you every step of the way. Whether you have questions or need advice, feel free to drop them in the comments below. We’re here to help you make the best decision for your project!

If you are not looking to switch up your flooring just remember, laminate flooring sealant is only applicable to the joints – not the surface. If you have any other questions, write them in the comment section below!

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8 comments

SHARON MAXSON June 4, 2020 - 5:23 pm

can I apply a sealant to the edges of the laminate flooring and let it dry before installing

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Alana Kane June 8, 2020 - 7:42 am

Hi Sharon, thanks for the question. You should only apply sealant after the laminate is installed.

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Edward Sanchez August 18, 2018 - 9:26 pm

Can I use laminate flooring to make a Lazy Susan?

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Viena August 20, 2018 - 12:09 pm

Hi Edward, thanks for reaching out. We have seen laminate flooring used in many creative ways over the years! Although we have not done it before and it is not a traditional way to use laminate, we imagine that you could use laminate flooring planks to make a Lazy Susan! We would love to see photos of your final project! 🙂

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TERRILYN E. OBERG June 13, 2018 - 9:46 pm

we just had lament flooring installed, in our home.. I have found that our dog ( he is getting very old ) is peeing on our new flooring how can I make sure and what should I use to clean it up,?

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Alana Kane June 18, 2018 - 2:35 pm

Hi Terrilyn, thanks for your question. This can be a big problem for your laminate! Now that your floor is installed, there is not much you can do to seal the joints. Your best bet is to clean this up right away, although we know that can be hard. You could try to use doggie pads or keep your dog in an area without laminate. Once an accident gets into the wood, you can have buckling or bubbling of the top coat, which are not easily fixed.

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Sherwood Botsford March 23, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Vinyl is NOT a solution. I put Traffic Master Allure based on it’s claim to be totally waterproof. Not so. There are two corners on each tile that have gaps. I had it on a particle board subfloor. Now I have a hilly subfloor. I don’t see how any interlocking tile system can be completely waterproof at the points where the long edge and short edges meet.

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Admin March 27, 2018 - 2:35 pm

Hi Sherwood, thanks for your comment. We do not carry the Traffic Master Allure floor, we recommend you reach out to the manufacturer or store where you purchased this floor to discuss your concerns, the waterproof features of this floor and warranty information. Thank you!

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