While laminate flooring is easy to maintain and resistant to many problems, laminate floor water damage can be caused by excessive moisture. Follow these guidelines to repair and prevent damage to your floor.
Inspect the Damage
Determine the affected planks and begin the task of removing them. Your inspection should also include the origin of the water that caused the damage. If you are experiencing a leak in an appliance such as your refrigerator, the leak should be repaired first to prevent further damage after you have made the repairs.
Remove the Damaged Planks
Since the planks are joined, you must remove everything from the baseboards along the wall all the way to the damaged planks. While removing the planks, check for water or moisture under the planks that could lead to mold.
Make sure that you have the correct replacement planks for your laminate flooring so that the color will match perfectly. If you are unable to replace the planks with the correct color and style, it may be necessary to remove and replace the entire floor.
Replace the Damaged Flooring
Once you have reached the damaged planks, remove them and replace with new ones. Work your way back to the wall, reinstalling the planks you removed and the baseboards.
Laminate floors are easy to maintain. Avoid water and other damage to your flooring with easy steps to prevention.
- Put mats on both sides of room doors to keep water and dirt out of the room
- Use protectors under heavy furniture to keep scuff marks to a minimum.
- Repair scratches and scuffs with a color-matched laminate floor repair kit.
- Allow the flooring to expand to prevent buckled planks and peaking.
- Keep spacers wide to prevent gaps in the planks.
You are all set to make any necessary repairs to your laminate floors caused by water damage. Afterward, you can prevent futures problems.