3 Laminate Floor Repair Kit Must-Haves!
As incredibly durable and stain-resistant as laminate flooring is - especially Kronotex USA laminate floors ;-) - accidents do happen. For that reason, we recommend that you have handy a laminate floor repair kit which includes 3 must-haves: towels, laminate floor cleaner and micro-fiber mop, and laminate floor repair kit for dents and scratches.
Let's explore the accidents you might encounter and how our laminate floor repair kit recommendations can save the day.
Liquid or water spills on laminate floors
As we've examined in previous articles, "topical moisture" is an enemy of any floating floor system especially if it isn't addressed quickly. That's because liquids, if left standing on your laminate floor for an extended period of time, could seep into the seams of the planks and cause problems later on.
Laminate Floor Repair Kit Must-Have #1: Towels!
Remedy: Simple! Always have a towel (cloth or paper) handy in rooms where these accidents are likely, principally kitchens [see The Kitchen and Laminate Flooring] and bathrooms [see Bathrooms and Laminate Flooring].
You should also consider using glue when you install laminate flooring planks within 5 feet of a water source per Kronotex USA's recommendation.
Small scratches and abrasions on laminate floors
While this may sound more like care and maintenance advice, Brad Young, Kronotex USA laminate flooring installation expert, recommends a laminate floor cleaner and closed-loop terry cloth or micro-fiber mop be a standard part of your laminate floor repair kit. It's the best way to proactively protect your laminate floor from small scratches and abrasions.
Even with using walk-off mats at exterior entrances, soils and sandy particles (especially if you live near the ocean) will get tracked in. Over time, those gritty particles could dull the brilliant new finish of your laminate floor - despite the toughest aluminum oxide wear layer found on laminate flooring to protect it in high traffic areas.
Laminate Floor Repair Kit Must-Have #2: Floor Cleaner & Mop!
Remedy? We like this all-in-one Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Cleaning System we purchased at Lowe's. Cost: $21.97 + tax. It includes a 32 oz. squeeze bottle of floor cleaner and an easy-to-assemble swivelhead mop with two micofiber heads.
Always follow the manufacturer's directions that are included.
Big scratches, dents and chips on laminate floors
Sometimes, accidents will leave behind big scratches, dents and even chips on the laminate floor. That's when you'll need a laminate floor repait kit.
We've noticed several filler putties on the market intended to repair impacts or deeper scratches in laminate floors. Be careful here. Some are intended to repair high-pressure laminate floors and may not work well on Kronotex USA laminate floors.
Kronotex USA is a direct-pressure laminate (DPL) floor, according to Jody Smith, quality control director at Kronotex USA.
Laminate Repair Kit Must-Have #3: Laminate Floor Repair Kit!
Remedy? Check out this handy kit we found: the Precision Components Laminate Floor Repair Kit from Lowe's. Our cost: $7.49 + tax. In the kit you'll get the correct filler putty and a repair pen that will hide annoying chips.
Be sure to note the color on the package so you'll get the best match to your floor's basic color.
Brad recommends adding a plastic putty knife to smooth the filler into the scratch or dent and acetone to remove any residual haze left on the surface of the floor. Remember always use acetone in a well-ventilated area and always follow the manufacture's instructions.
When using putty, Brad cautions, "Oil-based putty can leave a haze around repair drawing more attention to the spot if the area around the repair is not cleaned. Water-based filler putty will shrink as it drys."
Serious plank damage on laminate floors
For damage that can't be easily handled with a small dab of putty or repair pen or furniture pencil, you may need to replace the entire plank. Non-glued installation will be a lot easier to do plank replacement than replacing a plank that has been glued. In either case, you may want to hire a professional installer to do the work for you.
We'll examine plank replacement technique in a future article, so stay tuned!
Is there anything else you would add to your laminate floor repair kit? Let us know.
-- The Kronotex Blog Team