How to Scare Away Those Frightfully Damaged Laminate Flooring Planks

Do you scream in fear every time you turn the corner and see those damaged laminate flooring planks? Does the idea that your flooring looks damaged scare you at night? We’re here to help you put an end to those frightful worries!

You don’t have to live with floors that haunt you. Scaring away damaged planks might be easier than you think.

Although laminate flooring is ultra-durable, damages happen. If your flooring is scratched, dented, or buckled, you might need to replace a plank or two. With laminate, it’s easy.

No Glue, No Nails, No Problem

If you installed your own laminate flooring then you know that you do not need any nails or glue to secure your laminate flooring planks in place. The unique tongue and groove locking system snaps each plank securely in its spot so that it does not shift or move over time.

If damage occurs, you can unlock the planks in the same way they were installed and replace the damaged pieces. Please note that if you buy new replacement planks, you will need to acclimatize the flooring the same way you did before the floors were installed.

Once that’s done, here’s how to repair your damaged floors!

1. Remove The Moldings/Baseboards

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.

2. Unlocking The Laminate Planks

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.

Uninstalling laminate flooring

3. Remove And Replace The Damaged Plank

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.

How can I replace Damaged Laminate flooring

4. Replace The Non-Damaged Planks

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!

5. Replace The Moldings/Baseboards

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!

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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  1. 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.

  2. Denise Coschignano

    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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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,

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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