As incredibly durable and stain-resistant as laminate flooring is, accidents do happen. For that reason, we recommend that you have handy a laminate-floor repair kit that includes three must-haves: towels, laminate-floor cleaner and micro-fiber mop, and laminate floor repair kit for dents and scratches.
Let’s explore the accidents you might encounter and how our laminate-floor repair kit recommendations can save the day.
Problem: Liquid or water spills on laminate floors
“Topical moisture” is an enemy of any floating-floor system, especially if it isn’t addressed quickly. That’s because liquids, if left standing on your laminate floor for an extended period of time, could seep into the seams of the planks and cause problems later on.
Laminate-Floor Repair Kit Must-Have #1: Towels
Always have a towel (cloth or paper) handy in rooms where these accidents are likely, principally kitchens (see The Kitchen and Laminate Flooring) and bathrooms (see Bathrooms and Laminate Flooring).
You should also consider using glue when you install laminate flooring planks within 5 feet of a water source per Swiss Krono’s recommendation.
Problem: Small scratches and abrasions on laminate floors
While this may sound more like care and maintenance advice, we recommend that laminate-floor cleaner and closed-loop terrycloth or a micro-fiber mop be a part of your standard laminate-floor repair kit. It’s the best way to proactively protect your laminate floor from small scratches and abrasions.
Even with using walk-off mats at exterior entrances, soils and sandy particles (especially if you live near the ocean) will get tracked in. Over time, those gritty particles could dull the brilliant new finish of your laminate floor despite the toughest aluminum-oxide wear layer found on laminate flooring to protect it in high-traffic areas.
Laminate Floor Repair Kit Must-Have #2: Floor Cleaner & Mop
We like this all-in-one Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Cleaning System we purchased at Lowe’s. It includes a 3-oz. squeeze bottle of floor cleaner and an easy-to-assemble swivel-head mop with two microfiber heads. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions that are included.
Problem: Big scratches, dents and chips on laminate floors
Sometimes, accidents will leave behind big scratches, dents and even chips on the laminate floor. That’s when you’ll need a laminate floor repair kit.
We’ve noticed several filler putties are on the market intended to repair gouges or deeper scratches in laminate floors. Be careful here. Some are intended to repair high-pressure laminate floors and may not work well on Swiss Krono laminate floors. Swiss Krono is a direct-pressure laminate (DPL) floor.
Laminate Repair Kit Must-Have #3: Laminate Floor Repair Kit
Check out this handy kit we found: The Precision Components Laminate Floor Repair Kit from Lowe’s. In the kit you’ll get the correct filler putty and a repair pen that will hide annoying chips. Be sure to note the color on the package so you’ll get the best match to your floor’s basic color. When using putty, remember that oil-based putty can leave a haze around a repair, drawing more attention to the spot if the area around the repair is not cleaned. Also, water-based filler putty will shrink as it dries.
We recommend using a plastic putty knife to smooth the filler into the scratch or dent, and acetone to remove any residual haze left on the surface of the floor. Remember always use acetone in a well-ventilated area and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
For damage that can’t be handled easily with a small dab of putty or repair pen or furniture pencil, you may need to replace the entire plank. Non-glued installation will be a lot easier to do plank replacement than replacing a plank that has been glued. In either case, you may want to hire a professional installer to do the work for you.