The laminate floors look like hardwood floors most of the times. It is basically multiple-layer flooring with a synthetic product held together through lamination. The best advantage of using these types of floors in the area of Westchester County is that they work well with the climate of that area. They are durable and thus, they are meant to last for years. The only problem is that it can get scratched and scraped quite easily.
However, it is fairly easy to keep the laminate floors clean. These floors are able to withstand a high amount of foot traffic, although, heels can scratch the surface. Most people living in the Westchester County face the issue of getting scratches on their floors. Therefore, instead of replacing the board, you can learn how to fix minor scratches or major scrapes:
1. Repair the Minor Scratches:
The first and foremost thing you have to do before repairing the scratch is to clean and dry the floor thoroughly before proceeding. You have to buy a kit which matches the laminate floors. The kits are available in a number of colors. The kit consists of a putty or wax, or even crayon. You can use a regular knife or a putty knife to press the putty or the wax into the larger scratches.
Fill in the deeper scratches with the pencil or the crayon, which is available in the kit. You can sand the area lightly with a reasonable sandpaper to bring the filler level with the floor’s surface. Apply the varnish on to the scratch if necessary to match the shine of your laminate floors. It comes with its own applicator brush. Allow it to dry and then gently level the surface with sand.
2. Deep Scratches:
Repairing the deep scratches can be done effortlessly by using the kit designed for deep scratches. After choosing the kit that matches the color of your laminate floors, you have to check with the material present in it. It probably contains seam filler or putty, a touch-up marker and a varnish. First, you have to apply acetone to a cloth and clean the deep scratch thoroughly.
Open the window for ventilation, during the process. Mix the filler or putty with a knife or putty knife in proportions. Then, scoop the filler or the putty up on to the putty knife and scrape it on to the scratch. Pull the knife in the other direction to fill deeper in the scratch and it would remove the excess putty on it, or you can use the cloth with acetone on it to remove the access mixture. Sand the surface with sandpaper lightly and apply a thin coat of varnish for best results.
You can also sand it once again after the varnish is dried. Consider replacing the laminate floorboard if the damage is quite serious and cannot be fixed.