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I had laminate flooring laid in dining/kitchen area. The chairs have rubbed laminate off even though we put felt pads under chair legs. What can we do to cover the damage without replacing the floor?
If you want to cover the damage and prevent further damage I would suggest purchasing a large area rug for the room that is large enough to accomodate where the chairs are being pulled out.
I had a friend visit who uses a walker. It left a hairline scratch on my laminate floor. What would be a good way to fill in the scratch? Is there some product I could use to lightly fill in the scratches?
By Maryl from Newark, CA
To simply mask the scratches, apply shoe polish of the same color to tint the scratch to match the rest of the flooring.
I have 2 yr. old laminate flooring and have noticed separated in planks in a couple of places. Any help is appreciated.
By Hope from Redding, CA
If you're talking about the planks separating at the ends, you can use the heel of a rubber-soled shoe you are wearing, to "kick" it back into place, eliminating the gap (you may have to do this for each plank in the row). Then, where the floor meets the wall (follow the floor boards that have the gap problem to the end, where they meet the wall, on either or both ends), there should be a 1/4" gap, filled with silicone caulk, to create a cushion for expansion. You may have to remove a threshold or shoe molding to get to the expansion space, but odds are that there is either no silicone caulk, or not enough to fill the space, thus allowing the gap to open.
How can I cover small holes the size of the head of a wooden match in laminate flooring?
I had an Airwick plug in fall out of the wall outlet and the contents leaked on the laminate flooring. It took off the top colored layer of the floor. What can I do to repair this?
By Melissa G.
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I have high gloss laminate flooring in my house. I used Orange Glo and ruined it. To remove it, I used a dish sponge (on the rough side) and soapy water to remove it. I got rid of the residue, but now I see these scrub marks (not really scratches, but scrubbing marks) on the floor.
Can I do anything to revive the floor? Can I use any polish like Weiman hardwood and laminate floor polish (I think Weiman makes quality products) on the floor to revive the shine? Please help. Thank you.
By madhu from North Brunswick, NJ
I have laminate flooring and the other day we were repairing our refrigerator and pulled the frig out and oops. We scratched our flooring. The scratches are not deep. Could these be buffed out with a (soft) steel wool or some kind of polish of some kind?
By DeeDee from SC
Here are several things that can work:
I haven't damaged my floor so far, but at Home Depot or Lowes (can't remember which) I purchased a tube of laminate floor repairer in case I ever needed it. It comes in various colors. Maybe this would do the trick. (02/18/2010)
My laminate hardwood floor has been damaged due to the rollers on my chair. Does any one know of a way to fix this without having to replace sections?
Brian from Lyons, IL
Our laminate flooring in our entryway got pretty badly scratched by a sliding closet door. I got a felt- tip touch up pen to match the floor at a home supply store and colored in the scratches. Now they aren't even visible. (01/13/2009)