How to Repair Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a popular flooring choice throughout many homes due to its longevity and durability. But unfortunately, accidents and wear and tear do occur over time and you may experience some form of damage.

The process in which you repair your laminate all depends on the magnitude of the damage. Whether it's water damage, chipping, scratches, separating, lifting, or swelling, in this guide we will explain how to repair your laminate flooring.

How to Repair Swollen Laminate Flooring Without Replacing

If you have started to notice bubbles and swelling in your laminate, don't worry you don't have to replace the whole floor in most cases. This can be caused by water spills, high moisture, too much tension between each plank, lack of expansive joints, and lack of a strong moisture barrier. So, how can you repair swollen laminate and bubbles yourself at home?

  • You can invest in a laminate repair kit
  • Dry the wet area with a dehumidifier
  • Minor bubbles can be burst to remove them. Firstly, place a damp cloth over the bubble. Use a knife to cut a slit in the area. Next, apply wood glue to the slit and press the veneer down using a weight. You'll need to apply the weight overnight
  • In some cases where the damage is too large you will need to replace the plank.

How to Repair Laminate Flooring Scratches and Chips

Small scratches, cracks, and chipping can be fixed with a suitable colour-matching repair kit. You can find them in a variety of colours to match your laminate colour. They are simple and inexpensive to use. And can completely transform old chipped laminate.

When it comes to using a laminate repair kit, make sure you have thoroughly cleaned the area where your floor is damaged. You don't want any dust getting in your way. Each kit will come with a set of detailed instructions so you can follow them yourself.

How to Repair Laminate Floor that is Separating

You can easily repair laminate that is separating by putting wood glue in between the gaps. This should be strong enough to do the trick.

High humidity levels are a typical cause of gaping in laminate flooring. The laminate planks expand and contract as the weather warms and humidifies. As a result of this, you may see gaps in between your laminate planks. Room temperature that is too hot also plays a role in causing laminate to separate.

How to Repair Laminate Flooring Water Damage

Single laminate planks that have been damaged by water cannot be repaired. But the good news is they can be replaced without replacing the entire floor. Take advantage of any leftover laminate flooring planks from the initial installation. If this isn't possible, and if the same ones aren't available from us, you'll need to find a close enough colour match, and buy new ones. Before you begin the repair and replacement process, make sure the floor is thoroughly dry.

How to Replace a Damaged Laminate Plank

In some severe cases permanent damage is unavoidable. This is when you will need to replace a laminate plank. You can DIY replace a plank or hire a professional flooring fitter. Sometimes this is best if you don't feel confident as you don't want to add any further damage!

How to Remove a Laminate Plank Close to the Wall

  • Firstly, remove your skirting board and scotia
  • Next, start to lift the planks closest to the wall and finish lifting once you have removed the damaged one
  • All you need to do now is replace the damaged plank and put the floor and accessories back together

How to Remove a Laminate Plank in the Middle of a Room

  • Firstly, cut a hole in the middle of the plank. You can drill a hole in the middle of it makes it easier
  • Then cut from the centre to the edges to remove all the laminate plank
  • Make sure you cut the tongue off the replacement plank and apply adhesive underneath the top surface
  • Put the replacement plank in place and gently use a hammer and tapping block to ensure it is fitted securely
  • Wipe away any excess adhesive and clean around the area
  • Put a weight on the replacement plank for a few hours and then the process is finished

For more detailed information read How to Install Laminate Flooring.

Can you Lift and Relay Laminate Flooring?

Yes. It is not difficult to remove laminate flooring. The process of removing and relaying is a relatively easy job. With a delicate touch and the right tools, the planks can be lifted with minimal harm. Then you can reuse them in your next project. Always speak to a professional fitter if you're not comfortable doing this.

Damage Prevention

Before your laminate becomes damaged there are a few steps you take to prolong its life and make it more durable. Want to know how? Make sure you read our laminate floor maintenance guide.