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How Do I Restore My Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is such a popular home solution because it’s highly durable, replicating real wood while being resistant to moisture. However, like all flooring, laminate can still suffer from some wear and tear throughout its life. From anything such as minor scratches to the bigger problem of peaking, here’s how to restore your laminate flooring to be good as new.

Related: How Do I Care For My Laminate Floor?

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Scratches on Laminate Flooring

If your flooring is suffering from minor scratches, the best laminate restorer trick is to fill in the scratches with a wax pencil designed for laminate flooring. Simply rub the wax pencil over a scratch until it has been filled. Then wipe away any excess wax with a soft cloth.

If you have any unfortunately noticeable or deep scratches, the best solution would be to replace the individual laminate board. To access it, start by removing the boards closest to the wall, remembering to replace them afterwards.

If replacing the boards, this might help you: How to Install Laminate Floors

Chipped Corners on Laminate Flooring

For chipped corners in your laminate, a wood filler is the best answer. This consists of a paste that is the same colour as your flooring. Simply spread the filler over the damaged area with a putty knife. Once it’s dry, sand it down so it’s an even surface and then varnish if need be. Again, if the chip is too severe, replace the offending board.

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Mould or Mildew on Laminate Flooring

If your flooring is suffering from a mould issue, it’s due to excessive moisture in the room. So, your first priority should be to identify the source and eliminate it to prevent future problems occurring.

To fix any surface damage on your floor, sweep your floor and then mop it. Treat individual stains with a cloth that has been soaked in white vinegar, washing away with water afterwards. For particularly stubborn stains that have penetrated the surface, the best laminate floor restorer is to just replace them.

Related: What is the Best Laminate Flooring?

Peaking in Laminate Flooring

Peaking is when your laminate floor boards push against each other, creating a raised surface at the joints. This is often caused by not having enough of an expansion space between the walls and the flooring. To fix this, follow the boards which are peaking to their nearest wall, remove your skirting or beading and trim the board closest to the wall before reinstalling it. This allows further expansion space so your floor boards can all fit snugly together.

Gapping in Laminate Flooring

As an opposite problem to peaking, gapping is when your boards are too far apart, leaving a slight gap at the joints. This is because they tend to pull away from each other when the temperature drops significantly.  For this reason, it’s recommended to acclimatise your new flooring to the room’s temperatures before installation.

To fix any gaps, a simple solution is to use a coloured sealant. This is available in most colours to match your laminate. Simply use the nozzle to fill any gaps and allow it to dry for the recommended time on the product.

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Return Shine to Laminate Flooring

If your flooring’s problem is simply a lack of lustre, this can be easily rectified. Again, white vinegar is the go to solution for shine. Simply mop the entire floor with 1 cup of white vinegar, mixed with 1 gallon of warm water, and a teaspoon of washing up liquid. Open the windows and doors for extra ventilation to speed up the drying process.

Prevent Future Damage

Last but not least, an additional tip to help you restore your laminate flooring is to prevent any further damage occurring later on. For example, a door mat will work wonders to avoid any unnecessary dirt coming in. Also, to avoid any scratches, it helps to place furniture protectors underneath your chairs and tables, which will create a soft padding and leave your floors unmarked.

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We hope this helps make your flooring good as new!