Laminated floors have gained immense popularity in every household of the modern generation. This is because of some advantages. Although it is made from synthetic materials, it looks like natural wood or marble flooring. As compared to wood, it does not require regular care like oiling, waxing, or staining. It has a high durability and is quite resistant to the formation of dents. Some of the brands have water-resistant coatings and hence, can be used in the kitchen or bathroom. Despite its superior quality, once in a while, it does get damaged. Some problems that you may face quite often are discussed below.
Repairing Minor Scratches
This is one of the most common problems. Scratches on the surface occurs due to sand and dust particles. Heels of pointed footwear can also scratch the floor. An easy and simple remedy for the minor scratches can be with the help of wax crayons. These crayons are made particularly for this purpose and are available in various shades and are sold in hardware stores. All you have to do is to choose the right color that can blend well with the color of your floor. Before applying wax crayons, clean the dust from the scratched area to get a smooth surface. Then, put color on the scratches and you can see that the abrasion disappears. Clean the crayons that spread outside the scratchings with a clean dry cloth. You can also buy a floor repair kit that contain a solution which can mend such scratches.
Repairing Deep Scratches
This problem can develop as a result of repeated pulling of heavy objects across the floor. Use of wheeled objects can also create such deep scratches. You can take the help of putty to repair such damages. Clear out the dust from the scratched area and fill in the damaged portion with generous amount of putty. Smooth up the area by a putty knife. Wipe out any extra dough of putty with a clean, moist piece of cloth and then rub off the water with a soft dry cloth. Keep the area untouched for at least one hour.
Peaks are developed due to the expansion of floor panels. It occurs due to changes in weather condition. Usually, it happens on prolonged use of the flooring. The only solution to this problem is to reduce the tension of the panels so that they get enough space to expand without raising the level of the floor. You can fix the peaks by removing the spacers that are present in between the wall of your room and the floor. If there is no spacer, then take out a panel that is closest to the wall, cut around half an inch from the width side of the panel and place it back into its position.
Special care needs to be taken, in order to clear laminate flooring from spots caused by spilling of liquids like paints, molten candle wax, etc. Wrong cleaning techniques can cause bruise marks too. The best option is to wipe out the liquid immediately. Otherwise, you have to clean them using warm water. Nail polish removers work well to get rid of paints. Gums and wax should be scraped off carefully.