Removing Scratches From Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors don't require much care to keep them looking beautiful. People with laminate flooring are usually very careful to not scratch, dent or damage the surface, but sometimes accidents happen. If your laminate floor is scratched, you don't have to live with it or even replace the entire floor. There is no need to call in a professional when you can easily do the job yourself. How deep the scratch is will help you decide on the best way to cover it.

Step 1

Clean the floor, then check to see how deep the scratch is. If it is not too deep, proceed to the next step.

Step 2

Find a permanent colored marker that is the same color as your floor. Touch the tip of the marker and run it over the scratch mark. Wipe the area with your finger to remove any excess marker. If you need the color to be darker, repeat the application. For bigger scratches, or if you cannot match the color, proceed to the next step.

Step 3

Find some repair putty made for laminate floors and choose the color you need. Fold 250-grit sandpaper into quarters. Using the edge of the sandpaper, lightly sand the scratched area using short strokes, sanding only into the scratches. Remove the dust by blowing it away. Dip a cotton ball into rubbing alcohol to further clean the area of any dust you may have missed. Put a tiny amount of repair putty onto a plastic putty knife and apply it to the scratched area. Level the putty out by using the flat edge of your putty knife. Let dry over night, then wipe with a clean dry cloth.

Step 4

Purchase a laminate floor repair kit. You can find these at most flooring stores and online retailers. Take a sample of the laminate floor that you need to repair with you when you go to the store. This will help you choose the right kit with the shade you need. Depending on the kit, you have a choice of acrylic or latex putty, wax pencils or crayons. Follow manufacturer's directions when you apply these products to the area.

Step 5

Replace the boards if the scratch is really deep or the wood is damaged. To do this, carefully remove the baseboard and floorboards so you don't break or damage them. Continue to remove the floorboards until you get to the one that needs replacing. Simply remove the scratched board and replace it with a new board. Replace the other boards and the baseboard you removed.