Diy: repair guide for a quick step laminate

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Diy: repair guide for a quick step laminate
Keep your Quick Step laminate floors looking like new with early repairs. (Floor image by Einar Bog from Fotolia.com)

Quick Step Uniclic laminate flooring is an easy to install and maintain flooring material that can last for decades with the proper maintenance. Unfortunately, even the best of care cannot keep your laminate floors damage free. Any damage can shorten the lifespan of your floor, from scratches that develop into gouges to splitting or buckling floorboards. Repairing the damaged floorboards immediately can prevent the damage from spreading, so keep a constant watch to catch damage as soon as it occurs. You can repair most types of damage without replacing the entire surface.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Quick Step Mix & Fix Kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Circular saw
  • Quick Step UniFix repair tool
  • Dual-sided tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Repair scratches and small cracks in the laminate using the specially formulated Quick Step fix kit, found anywhere the flooring is sold. Purchase the kit that most closely matches the colour of your floorboards. Using the included spatula, mix the repair paste with the pigment bottles from the kit to create as exact a match to your floor as possible in a clear plastic cup. Fill the crack or patch with the paste, overfilling it slightly, and then scrape the surface of the laminate across the paste to level the repair patch with the rest of the floorboard. Allow the patch to dry overnight before using the area.

  2. 2

    Repair peaked floorboards, where the floorboards rise above the subfloor surface due to tension between boards, by reducing the tension between the boards. A lack of space between the wall and the edge of the floorboards causes the tension because there is no room for the boards to expand. Unclick the row of floorboards lying lengthwise against the nearest wall. Place a screwdriver in the joint between the walled row and the row of boards next to it to pry the board from the locked position. Use as little pressure as needed to avoid damaging the board.

  3. 3

    Unclick and remove the entire row of boards. The buckling should immediately go down with the board's removal. If not, place a stack of books on the bucked area.

  4. 4

    Using a circular saw, cut ¼ inch from the width of all the boards from the non-tongue side facing the wall. The added space should allow the boards room to expand.

  5. 5

    Lock the boards back into place, angling the tongues on the cut boards into the grooves of the next row of boards and then pressing them into place until you hear a faint click and the board lies flat. Check the boards beneath the books periodically; when the buckling is gone, remove the books.

  6. 6

    Replace boards too damaged to repair, due to water damage or splitting, by removing the damaged boards and placing a new board in its spot. Isolate the damaged board by unlocking it lengthwise on the grooved side. Pry the boards next to the damaged one away using a Quick Step UniFix repair tool. Wrap dual-sided tape around the head of the repair tool. Use the push broom shaped repair tool to move the floorboards. Stick the head onto the adjoining lengthwise floorboards and apply pressure in a direction away from the damaged board to unhook the boards.

  7. 7

    Remove the boards from the short ends of the damaged floorboard using the repair tool, starting with the boards at the end of the damaged board row. Move boards from both sides of the row away from the damaged board using the taped tool for grabbing hold of the board surfaces. The bond created using the tape provides extra leverage for moving the boards.

  8. 8

    Remove the isolated board by unhooking its tongue from the adjoining row and pulling it away from the floor. Place the new board into position, hooking its tongue in the groove of the adjoining row, and then angle it flat to the subfloor surface.

  9. 9

    Use the Quick Step tool to move the adjoining boards back into place to complete the repair job.

Tips and warnings

  • Take a floorboard along with you when purchasing the mix and fix kit to find the proper match.

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