How to Repair Filler in a Laminate Floor

Written by kevin mcdermott
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Fixing a dent or a gouge in a laminate floor is a little different than fixing damage to real wood. With wood, you can fill the area with wood putty, sand it and cover it in gloss. But laminate flooring usually is a particleboard covered with wood veneer, and shouldn't be sanded or glossed. Instead, buy wax-based filler of the same shade as the floor.

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Things you need

  • Fine sandpaper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cloth
  • Wax filler (same shade as floor)
  • Plastic putty knife

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  1. 1

    Fold a piece of fine sandpaper into a square. Use the sharp edge of the corner to sand out the inside of the dent or gouge, de-glossing it so the filler will adhere.

  2. 2

    Wet the corner of a cloth in rubbing alcohol. Rub the damaged area of the floor to remove the dust and any grime.

  3. 3

    Scoop up a little wax filler with the end of your putty knife. Apply the filler into the dent or gouge, pressing it tightly down inside it and letting it mound a little on top.

  4. 4

    Push the flat edge of the putty knife forward over the mounded filler, cutting off the top of the mound and leaving it flat and even with the surface.

  5. 5

    Use the dry part of your cloth to vigorously buff the surface, to take up any residual filler. Let the filler set for a day before walking on it.

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