Laminate flooring is a great way to add beauty and value to any home but it is not as durable as other flooring materials. Over time, chips and other damage can occur from normal wear and tear. The good news is that laminate flooring chips can easily be repaired. With the right tools and materials, you can get your laminate floors looking like new again without having to replace the entire floor.
Assess the Damage
The first step in repairing chips in laminate flooring is assessing the damage. Take note of the size, location, and depth of the chip. If the chip is small and shallow, it can easily be repaired with some wood filler or putty. However, if the chip is deep or large, then you may need to replace the affected plank of laminate flooring.
Gather the Right Materials
Once you have assessed the damage, gather the right materials for the repair. Depending on the size and depth of the chip, you may need some wood filler, putty, sandpaper, and a putty knife. You may also need some wood stain and sealer if the chip is large enough to require board replacement.
Clean the Chip
Before beginning the repair, make sure to clean the chip thoroughly. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt and dust from the area. This will ensure that the repair material is able to adhere properly.
Apply the Filler
For small, shallow chips, use wood filler or putty to fill in the chip. Apply the filler with a putty knife, making sure to press it firmly into the chip to create a smooth surface. Allow the filler to dry completely before continuing.
Sand and Stain
Once the filler is dry, use a piece of sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots. If the chip is large enough that you had to replace a plank of laminate flooring, use a wood stain to match the color of the surrounding boards. Once the stain has dried, use a sealer to protect the repaired area.
Finally, check the repaired area for any remaining rough spots and use a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt that may have collected during the repair process. Your laminate flooring chip repair is now complete!