How to fix water-damaged wood laminate floors

Updated February 21, 2017

Laminate floors are made of wood and resin. Like hardwood floors, laminate floors are extremely sensitive to water. Never mop the floors with a lot of water. Instead, dry clean the floors by sweeping them or mop them with a mop that is slightly damp but not dripping wet. Water can cause white or dark marks on laminate floors. Fix these marks as soon as possible so you can enjoy your laminate floors.

Mix ½ gallon warm water with ½ cup white vinegar.

Dip a cloth into the white vinegar solution and wring it out as much as possible so that it is damp but not dripping.

Rub the cloth over the water damage on the laminate floors. Rub until the marks are gone. Apply more cleaning solution as needed but don't soak the laminate floors.

Dry the laminate floor with a clean cloth.

Rub floor wax onto the mark to help blend it with the rest of the floor. Rub in a circular motion until it is smooth and until you no longer notice the water marks.

Buff the floor with a clean cloth.

Dip a clean piece of steel wool in white spirit.

Rub the white spirit over the water marks. This will remove them so that the area blends with the rest of the floor.

Rinse the area with clear water and dry it completely.

Apply more floor wax with a clean cloth. Rub in a circular motion. Buff the area to blend it with the rest of the floor.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cloths
  • Floor wax
  • Steel wool
  • White spirit
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.