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How To Repair Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors are made to withstand normal wear-and-tear of daily life. Laminate flooring in general will give you many more years of enjoyment than carpet, plus you have the look of the hardwood without spending all that money.

However, nothing lasts forever. If your laminate flooring happened to get damaged, it is much easier to repair than hardwood flooring. There is no sanding or refinishing involved since laminate flooring is a thin veneer. A small dent or scratch can be repaired using a laminate flooring repair kit.

Roberts Laminate Flooring Repair Kit
Roberts Laminate Flooring Repair Kit

How To Repair Laminate Flooring

Small problems such as scratches can be masked with a colored marker. Find a pernament market in a similar color to mask minor scratches, worn edges, blemishes, and imperfections. Repeat as needed.

For more visible dents or scratches you need to use the color compound from a repair kit. They are available in a variety of colors to match your floor. Manufacturers have different conditions of use, so just in case, read their instruction before use. Here is an example of the Roberts Universal Repair Kit Instructions:

Repair Kit Instructions

  1. Clean surface
  2. Refer to the enclosed chart to identify the color formula that best matches your repair. This is only a guide. You can custom mix any color desired.
  3. Pre-mixed filler colors are in the containers marked “A” to “E”.
  4. If mixing is required, use the empty container and spoon provided. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Apply the filler. Wipe off excess with a damp rug or paper towel.
  6. Allow to dry for 1 hour.

In case your floor plank or section is damaged to the point that compound will not fix it, your only choice is to replace the damaged planks.

Have you had a laminate flooring plank become damaged? How did you go about fixing it? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. I filled a few areas today and it dries really dull so you can really see the repair as the floors are shiny. It is hardwood. Color matched when wet and now really stands out when dry. Is there anything that can be put over top to match the shine? Thanks

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Erika – Check with the manufacturer of the repair kit you used and see if they have a gloss layer that you can apply on top of the repair. They may have something that you can use or they may have a solution to your issue.

  2. My laminate flooring is raised/buckled due to water damage at the ends of several planks. Can I slightly heat the raised areas with an iron and applying pressure to smooth it out. I would also cover the area with a towel before applying the heat from the iron.

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Nancy – we’ve never tested that method, so we cannot advise it! Generally when the wood absorbs water, it can be hard to get the planks back to their original condition. You can try using a dehumidifier to see if any of the water will be eliminated, hopefully lessening the height. With these cases, the most common fix is replacing the damaged planks. Hope this helps!

  3. Acetone caused the very thin clear layer of the floor to “lift” in a space about 2 x 3 inches circular. Do I shave that “loose” area off and then use a filler?

    • Hi Yvonne, is your floor laminate, hardwood, or vinyl? With laminate Acetone won’t take off the aluminum oxide coating on your floor unless the laminate was already bubbled before or had pre-existing water damage. – Brittany

  4. Our tenant’s dog trashed our laminate flooring with numerous scratches. Plus the “coating” of the laminate looks as if it was eroded in places, maybe due to liquid being left on it? Dog urine? We replaced an entire level but not the first floor due to so much cost in repairs. Any way to keep the laminate and repair? Can you put a sealant on it?

    • Stacie, unfortunately once the surface of the laminate is damaged there is not anything that will bring it back to new. The best thing would be to replace the damaged planks with new replacements if possible. There is no sealant that can be put on laminate, it already has an aluminum oxide coating from the factory.

  5. We have interlocking laminate in our hosue, and it seems that there is a board, where the subfloor isn’t level, causeing the boards not to be flush with one another in one spot….
    is there a way to correct this without ripping up the entire floor??


    • Fred

      Tanya, If the subfloor is not level then the only way to correct the problem is by disconnecting the floor up to that point and leveling the floor with Henrys self leveling floor patch or a similar leveling product. There is nothing else that can be done to fix the problem unfortunately. It should only take a half of a day to do the repair and once it is done you will be glad that you did it. Good luck, Fred

  6. I just had new laminate flooring installed. There are several places in my hallway where you can visibly see saw cuts in the middle of the plank. Mostly in the doorways. Is this normal practice? Is there some way to make them not so visible? It just doesn’t look very natural like the rest of the floor does where the planks meet. Thanks!

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