How to Repair a Chip in a Laminate Floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Laminate is one of the toughest flooring materials on the market, and can withstand traffic and wear with no signs of damage. That being said, laminate floors are not indestructible and can be chipped if a heavy item is dropped on the floor. Because the damage rarely affects an entire plank, there is a standard process to repair a chip in a laminate floor so that the damage is no longer visible to the naked eye.

Clean the damaged area with a damp cloth to remove all dirt and dust; allow to air dry.

Rub the chipped area with a laminate floor touch-up stick, holding the stick at a 45-degree angle to the floor and applying enough pressure to fill the chipped spot with the touch-up putty.

Smooth over the top of the repair with a plastic putty knife, taking care not to smear the putty material out of the chip. Allow to air dry completely.

Remove any excess touch-up stick putty from the area around the filled chip by rubbing the excess vigorously with a paper towel that has been soaked with a teaspoon of acetone.


Laminate touch-up is also available in a tube. Many nail polish removers contain acetone and can be used for cleanup.

Things You'll Need

  • Laminate floor touch-up stick, colour to match shade of floor.
  • Plastic putty knife
  • 1 teaspoon acetone
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