You love your laminate flooring, but you could live without those scratch marks and scrapes. They’re likely from people tracking in small pebbles on their shoes, or maybe you rearranged furniture without felt protector pads (oops). Fixing minor imperfections can be an easy DIY job, so put aside a half-hour this weekend to get it done.
Prepping to Fix Scratches on Laminate Flooring
The first thing you need to do when figuring out how to remove scratches and scrapes on laminate flooring is to assess how bad the damage is. Is it a light, superficial scratch? Or is it deeper? This will help you figure out which scratch removal product you’ll need to buy at the store.
Use pencils, markers, and crayons for light scratches, putty for deeper scratches, and wax for the worst damage.
Once you’ve decided on the type of product you need, you have to figure out the color of your flooring. This is easy if you wrote down the manufacturer and model information. If not, you might have a sample piece to take to the store. Otherwise, you can take a photo of the flooring and do your best.
In some cases, you won’t need to know the shade of your flooring. For example, universal kits come with products in a wide range of hues. And if you opt for a wax kit, you’ll need to mix colors to get the right match for your flooring.
4 Steps to Fix Scratches on Laminate Flooring
There are many flooring choices for your home, and laminate is a good option because it resists scratches better than wood. However, unlike hardwood, you cannot refinish laminate, so you’ll need to tackle the scratches using these methods below.