Ways To Restore Laminate Flooring

by Jessica Amey

Laminate flooring is a widely used and popular home solution. It is easy to install, cost-effective, and durable. Laminate flooring resembles wood while being moisture-resistant and much cheaper. However, it can also get damaged due to regular wear and tear. You can restore your laminate flooring by undertaking the following renovation activities that add value to the flooring.

Use Paint 

You can consider painting your laminate flooring to increase its value and lifespan. There are special laminate flooring paints available in the market to choose from. You will need a good quality primer and sander to paint the floor. You can choose the color based on your preferences. Matte paint can offer a soft and elegant look to space while glossy paint adds bright shine. 

Remove Scratches 

Scratches can develop on laminate flooring. You can get rid of these ugly scratches by using a wax pencil specially designed for laminate flooring. Run the wax pencil over the scratched area until the scratches have been filled. Now wipe the wax using a soft and dry cloth. 

Repair Chipped Corners 

Over time, laminate boards can get chipped from the corners. You can use a wood filler to solve this problem. The wood filler contains a paste that is of the same color as the laminate board. Apply it over the chipped portion and let it dry. Sand the laminate board once dry and varnish if required. If the damage is too severe to repair, you should replace the board. 

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Remove Floor Peaking 

When laminate boards push against each other, it creates a raised surface. This is known as floor peaking. Identify the boards that are peaking and remove the skirting or beading. Trim the board that is closest to the wall and reinstall. This will provide more space for the laminates and they will fit perfectly again. 

Correct Floor Gapping

Gapping is the opposite of peaking. Here the boards are too far away that leaves a space at the joints. This generally happens in cold weather when the boards pull away from each other. It is best to use the flooring at room temperature before installation to address this problem. You can use a colored sealant to correct floor gapping. These sealants are available in various colors. Use the one that best matches the color of your laminates. Fill the gap with the sealant and let it dry to fill the gap.  

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