Repair minor damage in laminate flooring
Drop a knife or other sharp-edged item and you’ll get an instant chip in your laminate
floor. But you don’t need to call in a pro, because this repair is strictly DIY. If you have
the chip or an extra plank, take it to a home center or flooring supplier and match it up with a tube of laminate floor patching material. You may
have to buy the two closest colors and mix them to match. While you’re there, buy a
matching brand of cleaning solvent.
Clean the flooring with the solvent and let it dry. Next, squeeze a dollop of filler
onto a scrap piece of flooring or a mixing board and mix it with a putty knife until it begins to dry (Photo 1). Then press a shallow layer into the chip. Don’t try to fill the entire chip in one application. Clean off any excess with solvent. Let the first coat set for one hour before applying the next.
After the filler hardens, use a knife to duplicate the grain pattern. Darken the cuts with furniture touch-up markers (Photo 2).