Laminate flooring is made up of multiple layers of synthetic material- bound by lamination. This makes a strong floor material that can withstand wear and tear for long.
Despite its durability- however- laminate floors are still vulnerable to scratches, scrape marks, and dents. To get rid of these scuff marks off your laminate floor, various options are available. We take a look at some of them below.
How to Remove Scratch Marks on Laminate Flooring
For starters, sanding is not an option when it comes to laminate floors. The same also goes for scouring, buffering, and wire brushing. Using any of these methods will damage your laminate surface. You should also avoid using strong chemicals.
Still- you have lots of options to choose from, as explained below: This guideline also includes a look at ways to prevent such scratches and a review of some of the best scratch mark removers on the market right now.
1. Apply Filling Pencils and Markers
Ensure to pick a masking pencil/marker that’s the same color as your laminate floor. First- prep the floor area that you want to fill in by wiping it with a wet cloth. Once the area dries up, gently apply the masking pencil/marker until the scuff marks completely disappear.
2. Apply Melted Crayon
Who knew that breaking down crayons into small pieces then melting it in a microwave could produce a legitimate floor filling material? Well, it does. After you’ve prepped the scraped surface by wiping, dab the melted crayon over the marks to conceal them.
Ensure to use a bowl that’s microwave-safe when melting the crayon- and that the crayon is the same color as your laminate flooring. Also, wait for the melted crayon to cool down before applying it.
3. Apply Colored Putty
For deep dents and chips, putty is the best solution. After preparing the colored putty, use a putty knife to fill in the dents. Ensure to wipe off any excess putty before it dries up on the floor.
4. Replace the Damaged Plank
If the scratches on the floor are too deep to an extent that the above remedies can’t successfully conceal them, you can replace the affected plank with a new one. You’ll have to take care- though- when installing the new laminate floorboard so as not to cause damage to the adjacent planks.
5. Use Burn-in Sticks
Another way to repair major dents and scrapes on laminate flooring is by investing in a laminate floor repair kit. This usually comes with burn-in sticks- a special type of filling that is applied using an electric knife. Due to the risk of electric shock involved, you should ensure to take the proper safety measures when applying burn-in sticks filling. It’s advisable to read the application instruction manual that comes included within the product packaging.
6. Dab the Floor with Toothpaste
Toothpaste and WD 40 ( a popular degreasing product)- are some of the other materials that you can use to get rid of scuff marks on laminate floors- especially minor scratches. All you have to do is to dab the toothpaste/WD 40 on the scratch marks until they disappear. Afterward, use water and vinegar to clean any paste residue.
How to prevent scratch marks on your floors
Why go through all the struggle of having to rid your laminate floors of scratch marks when you can simply prevent them? Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can keep your floors free of scuff marks, chips, and dents.
1.Clean the Floor Regularly
Certain types of debris, like rocks and sand, can leave scratch marks on the floor especially if the house’s occupants continue to step on it. That’s why having a regular maintenance routine to get rid of dirt and debris is crucial.
2. Use Rugs
Carpets are not only great for their aesthetic appeal, but also for their functional role in protecting floors from chips and dents. Place an area rug on your children’s play area to protect your laminate flooring, as some types of toys have sharp edges that could cause damage to the floor. Rugs are also a great floor protection tool if you have pets with sharp claws.
3. Pad Your Furniture
Whenever you have to move your sofas and tables, dragging them across the room will likely leave behind unsightly scratches on your floor. Kids- too- tend to enjoy play-dragging chairs around. To prevent floor damage from furniture, you can glue tiny pieces of felt under your furniture legs. Alternatively, try a home-made padding solution. For example, gluing pieces of rubber and rug cut-outs works just as well.
3 Best Scratch Removers for Laminate Flooring
If you’re in the market for a commercial scratch remover for your laminate floors, we’d recommend the following products, based on how fast and effective they are.
1. Problem Solved Laminate Floor Scuff & Scratch Remover
This wax-based product from Problem Solved is a great scuff and scratch mark remover. Not only does it conceal the scratches, but also adds some shine to your laminate finish.
2. Inspired 150ml Laminate Floor Scratch Remover
This product will restore your laminate flooring to its original state within minutes by covering up any minor scrape marks and dents. The easy to use solution also adds some gloss to your floor surface.
3. Rejuvenate All Floors Restorer
For deeper scratches, this is the commercial solution we’d recommend. On top of effectively removing the scratches, it adds a layer of protective coating against UV light, ensuring your floors don’t fade. What’s more- it will dry up less than an hour after application.
It’s important to note whether the scratches on your floor are minor or major (deeper) as different methods are best used on different types of scratches, scuff marks, and dents. You should also consider whether you can safely use some of these methods without hurting yourself or those around you- like when using the electric knife to apply burn-in sticks.