How to get rid of scratches on laminate floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Laminate flooring has the look of hardwood, but costs significantly less. Laminate floors come in a variety of wood colourings to accent any home decor. Although the flooring is quite resilient, scratches can occur over time. If left, the scratches build up with dirt, leaving the floor looking drab. Removing scratches on the laminate flooring allows the wood appearance to shine through.

Wipe dust and dirt from the scratch on the laminate floor with a damp rag. Wipe it dry with a clean cloth.

Place 1 tbsp of wood filler on a piece of cardboard. Apply 2 drops of the toner to the putty, and mix it with the handle of a wooden spoon. Continue placing drops of toner into the wood filler until it matches the laminate floor colour.

Scoop up a small amount of the filler with a plastic putty knife, and deposit into the scratch. Continue to fill the scratch with the wood filler until full.

Wipe the excess filler from the scratch with a damp rag.

Avoid walking in the area for 24 hours to allow the filler time to firm up and dry.


Pick up furniture instead of dragging it across laminate flooring to avoid scratches. For minor scratch marks, use a coloured pencil used for filling in scratches in wood flooring.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Cloths
  • Cardboard piece
  • Wood filler
  • Toner
  • Wooden spoon
  • Plastic putty knife
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