Laminate floors are very popular among homeowners as well as business people because of their higher durability, easy maintenance, and greater versatility. One of the best parts about laminate flooring is it looks clean all the time with little maintenance. However, usage with time and gradual buildup of dirt can cause those floors to lose their original looks and shine.
If you have a laminate floor in your house or office, you should look for some easy and simple ways to keep the floor looking at its best and new. Some of the common issue faces include scratches, chipped corners, growth of mold, and other issues.
Here are some great ways to restore laminate flooring.
Step 1- The first step is to clean the laminate floor thoroughly with the help of a microfiber mop or vacuum floor. The aim is to remove every particle of dust and dirt on the floor but without scratching or damaging the laminate.
Step 2- Look for any scratches on the flooring, and those scratches could be minor or major. The trick lies in using your aesthetic sense to fill in the scratches. You can use a special wax pencil that is specially made for this purpose. All you need to do is rub the pencil carefully and gently over the scratch until it is filled up. Use a soft cloth to get rid of any excess wax. For deeper scratches, it is best to consult an expert and remove the damaged laminate board.
Step 3- Take a look at the corners on laminate flooring, and if there are any chipped corners,
you need to use a wood filler. The wood filler is a paste that carries the same look and color as the flooring. All you need to do is use a putty knife to spread the filler over the damaged area. Sand it down once it dries up and even it up. You can also apply a coat of varnish if needed. As mentioned before, for severe chipping, it is best to replace the individual laminate board.
Step 4- In case you find mold or mildew on the laminate floor, it is perhaps because of excessive moisture in the room. The first step should be to locate the source of the moisture and remove it so as to prevents further growth of mold. Clean the floor and use white vinegar to treat the individual stains on the floor. However, in case those mold or mildew stains have penetrated the surface, and are stubborn to remove, just replace the infected board.
Step 5- Many times, the laminate floorboards tend to push against each other, and that can lead to peaking. In case you sight any peaking on the floor as a raised surface at the joints, it is essential to fix the issue so that there is enough expansion space between walls and the flooring. One can remove the skirting or beading and trim the laminate floorboard that is located next to the wall. The idea is to let all the floorboards fit snugly together before reinstalling.
Step 6- Another common issue found in laminate flooring is gapping, which is the is gapping of peaking. Sometimes there are too many slight gaps between the floorboards at the joins. This could be due to faulty installation or due to the temperature drops that make the boards pull away from each other and create those gaps. The most effective solution for gapping is the application of a colored sealant. Just pick the one that matches the floorboard color and texture and fill in all the gaps. Let the sealant dry compete before using the floor.