Can they be eliminated without patching the floor?
Removing Scratches from Wood Laminate Flooring
by Dollar Stretcher Contributors
Tools, Tricks and Techniques for No Wax Floors
How to Clean Laminate Floors
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Removing Scratches from Wood Laminate Flooring
I bought a home with wood laminate floors. Most of the floor area is in good shape, but there are some badly scratched areas about 2' x 3' that need to be restored or at least improved. They look like a large dog scratched them with toenails. There are also a couple of small gouges less than 1 inch long and maybe 1/4 inch wide. Can anyone tell me the best way to do this?
Get Out the Crayons
We had all new laminate wood floors installed recently and a couple of boards were very badly scratched, as you described. It took a long time to get the contractor back out to replace the boards, but once they did, there was a big "lip" where the replaced board didn't fit back into place. Before they replaced it, I simply colored in the scratch marks with a brown crayon. The wax filled up the gouge and the color made the scratches look a lot less noticeable. Had I known the replacement was much worse than the scratch repair, I'd never have insisted on replacing the damaged boards.
Find Help Online
Google "how to remove scratches from wood laminate floors." There are several websites that come up and several are on YouTube. This is one from listed on Google.
- Select a touch-up kit that matches the color of your laminate floor.
- Color in minor scratches with the marker.
- Fill deeper scratches with the pencil or crayon.
- Sand the area lightly with fine-grit sandpaper to bring the filler level with the floor's surface.
It's Worth a Careful Try!
I just read on a blog (Thrifty Decor Chick) that you can use the green side of a kitchen scrubber to remove scratches from laminate flooring.
Use Putty to Fill In
Pergo® makes a Floor Putty designed to fill in and harden where a chip or scratch occurs in their laminate flooring. It comes in a variety of colors.
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Excellent Results with Little Cost
I had the same problem and here's what I did. Clean the area with a light soap like dish soap. If there are nicked areas, don't fix them yet. I went to the hardware store and bought a small container of wood filler. It's like putty that you use on your walls to hide nail holes, but it's made for more durable projects like the floor. I've used it to repair holes on wooden siding outside for an idea as to how durable and strong it is. It's inexpensive, and you get the color closest to the flooring. You also need a furniture pen, which is like a Sharpie, but it's intended to hide scratches on wooden furniture. It comes in a wide variety of colors. Apply the wood filler to the scratches and let it cure and dry completely. Overfill the scratches. Then when it's dry, sand it gently with very fine sandpaper and try not to sand parts of the floor next to the scratches. If there are any nicks or slivers of laminate, this is the time to sand them out all at once. Wipe the dust away and make sure that the scratches are filled and even. Then take the furniture pen and a soft cloth and dab the pen (don't rub!) and then immediately dab with the cloth. Keep doing this until the color blends in with the rest of the floor. If your floor has a shine to it, you can clean the entire floor and put a coat of paste wax on it and then buff it out. It should look like new. I haven't had to redo it yet and it's been awhile. I've done this with furniture as well and had excellent results. It shouldn't cost you too much either.
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