How to Waterproof Laminate Flooring

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Waterproofing your laminate floors may assist in keeping the flooring looking like new. Laminate floors are often installed in kitchens and bathrooms; both spots are vulnerable to water damage. When a flood occurs, the laminate may be ruined. Avoid this issue by properly waterproofing the floor prior to a water disaster. Before beginning this project, make sure the flooring is dry underneath and around the edges. Use towels or fans to dry the area if needed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Epoxy glue
  • Floor sealer
  • Paint roller
  • Towels (optional)
  • Fans (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean the laminate floor according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Make sure that all dirt, dust and debris are cleared from around the edges and in the corners.

  2. 2

    Pull the edges of the laminate floor up around the walls. Apply a line of epoxy glue to the outer edge and press down, sealing the outside. Allow the epoxy glue to dry for at least 12 hours.

  3. 3

    Apply floor sealant, using a paint roller. Go in one direction with the roller for a smooth finish. Cover the entire floor, including the edges. Allow the sealant to dry for 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Apply a second, and then a third layer of the sealant to the floor. Allow 24 hours between coats.

Tips and warnings

  • Floor sealant is available from most home improvement outlets. Consult a professional for the best sealer for your particular laminate flooring.
  • Epoxy glue emits fumes. Make sure the area is well-ventilated.

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