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Damaged Laminate Flooring Planks – How to Fix

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Although laminate flooring is ultra-durable, damages happen. Over time, even the most robust flooring solutions can face some wear and tear. Fortunately, common laminate flooring plank damages can be fixed with some simple solutions. In this article, we’ll explore the most frequent types of damaged laminate flooring planks and provide step-by-step instructions on how to fix and remedy them.

Common Types of Laminate Flooring Damage

The most common types of laminate plank damages we see are:

  • Scratches and Scuff Marks
  • Chipped Edges or Corners
  • Water Damage
  • Bubbling or Lifting
  • Buckling

Fixing Common Damages

Fixing minor laminate plank damages, like scratches and chips are pretty straightforward and do not require replacing full planks. When it comes to water damage and bubbling, it can be a more advanced fix that requires uninstalling your current planks, and re-installing new planks. Continue reading to get all the details on how to repair laminate planks depending on your damage.

Scratches, Chipped Edges or Corners

Generally, scratches and scuff marks are easy to address and fix. Scratches and chips usually occur due to heavy impacts, mishandling of furniture, or from footwear. For scratches and chips, you will follow the same instructions utilizing a laminate flooring repair kit.

  • Clean the affected area with a mild cleaning solution and a soft cloth to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Use a laminate flooring repair kit or a matching color marker specifically designed for laminate floors. Apply it to the scratch or chip, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Gently wipe off any excess repair material and let it dry.

Water Damage, Bubbling, Buckling or Lifting

Larger issues, like water damage, bubbling, buckling or lifting, are either caused by moisture causing expansion, or an inappropriate gap around the edges, which limits the ability to expand. We see water damage happen in kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms frequently, but humidity can also cause bubbling and lifting of planks. Also, pet accidents can lead to needing to replace laminate planks. Depending on how large the area, you will need to uninstall damaged planks and re-install new planks.

Uninstalling laminate flooring to fix damaged laminate flooring planks
  1. Identify the source of the leak, humidity, or expansion gap, and fix the issue. For example, if it is the humidity, we’d recommend a dehumidifier or air conditioning unit.
  2. Dry the affected area immediately using a dry cloth, mop or fan to prevent further damage.
  3. Start by removing the baseboard or molding around the area where you plan to work. This should be done carefully so that you do not cause any damage to the boards, molding, or walls.
  4. Carefully unlock each piece of laminate leading to the damaged planks and set them to the side. You will replace these undamaged laminate planks in a minute, so take care not to cause any additional damage while uninstalling your flooring.
  5. Once you’ve reached the damaged planks, carefully remove them and replace them with the new laminate flooring that you previously acclimated. You can then throw away the damaged planks, use them for a DIY project, or contact the manufacturer to see if they have a recycling program.
  6. Once the damaged planks have been replaced, you can put back the non-damaged pieces until your floor is once again complete. Be sure that there is still an expansion gap between the last plank and the wall it’s installed next to!
  7. To finish your repair job, replace the baseboard or molding. Once finished, you shouldn’t be able to tell that your floors were ever uninstalled and reinstalled!

If no expansion gap was the issue, you will need to remove the perimeter baseboards and create a 1/4″ gap. The easiest way to remedy this is to use a saw to cut the edge planks to allow for the gap. Be sure the baseboard will still cover the edge of the plank.

It’s easy to fix damaged laminate flooring planks, but if you find yourself still having questions, write them in the comment section below! We will be happy to help you with your flooring needs!

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10 comments

Denise Coschignano March 5, 2020 - 8:36 am

My cat apparently peed numerous times on our area rug that is on the laminate flooring. A couple of panels are buckled on the edges. What can i do?

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Alana Kane March 9, 2020 - 2:56 am

Hi Denise, thanks for the question. Unfortunately, once the wood soaks up the moisture, it’s almost impossible for the planks to go back to normal. The easiest solution is to replace the damage planks if you have any extra.

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Mary Robinson January 4, 2020 - 3:17 pm

My laminate floor is a medium dark. We have had our flooring for some time. Over time, several long (2 to 3 inches) white marks have developed on planks in the high traffic area in the kitchen.

Is there an coloring I can apply to these areas?

Thank you,
Mary

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Alana Kane January 6, 2020 - 2:29 pm

Hi Mary, thanks for the question. You could look into scratch kits that come with a variety of colors to mix and match with your flooring. You can apply a thin layer of the filler to the lines to help them blend in a bit better.

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tom lanier June 24, 2018 - 4:28 pm

I have a long hallway 8 boards wide and toward the middle of the run the flooring is pushing up in a 3ft section of the hall. I am not sure if I left to little room for expansion on the sides or at the end of the hallway. I will need to pull up the molding to see right? Should it look obviously tight against the wall?

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Alana Kane June 25, 2018 - 12:39 pm

Hi Tom, thanks for your question. Yes, the expansion gap may be your issue here. We recommend .25″ to .5″ left on the sides for expansion. If it is against the wall, then you will need to trim the edges to leave a gap.

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Lisa July 11, 2017 - 1:02 pm

I’m wanting to know if I can put a linoleum rug over my laminate floor. We’ve had a Old Yorker and she gets confused a lot and pees on the floor and we have part that’s floating and not suppose to, also it is in a mobile home. We got one of the best floor people to install it, he did best he could do. Thanks. Anything would help.

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Ashley Tolfo July 12, 2017 - 11:41 am

You can absolutely use a linoleum rug on top of your floating laminate floor, Lisa! Just be sure not to glue or fasten the rug down in any permanent way so that the floating floor underneath can still expand and contract. If it acts like a regular rug, I see no issue at all! Good luck!

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Michelle May 11, 2016 - 7:25 pm

I have damage to the edge of one (laminate) board from having the dog’s water bowl sitting in that spot and as a renter (I know, I feel awful) I don’t have an extra board to replace it with. So what are my options? Thank you so much for your time.

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Ashley Arndt May 12, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Hi Michelle, Unfortunately once a plank is warped, the only thing you can do is replace the plank. To prevent further damage, you should place a mat underneath the dog bowl to catch any spills that may occur, or perhaps, move it to a different room without laminate flooring. Laminate flooring so not waterproof and liquid that is left to pool can warp laminate flooring boards.

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