When you're considering new flooring options, you'll probably hear that minor damage in laminate is more difficult to repair than it would be in engineered or natural hardwood because it uses a printed image instead of a piece of wood.
However, this doesn't mean that you're completely out of luck when you would rather pursue a laminate floor repair option instead of completely replacing it. We simply recommend researching different techniques that are more likely to work for a laminate floor.
7 Tips For Repairing Your Laminate Floor
If the floor isn't that old, it may be possible to replace badly damaged pieces with identical laminate.
If your laminate floor is installed in a high traffic area, you may have started noticing that there's a “center lane” that gets most of the wear and tear. The edges of the hallway floor aren't all that bad but the center is showing the signs of thousands of trips up and down the hallway by kids and large pets.
One thing that DIY enthusiasts can do if only part of a floor is showing signs of damage is buy just enough laminate to replace the damaged part of the floor. Then they can take advantage of laminate flooring's easy “click and lock” feature and use a little bit of glue to replace only the part that they need to.
Minor scratches can be "repaired" with paint and a little putty.
You aren't completely out of luck if you notice some minor scratches on your laminate floor even though it can't be repaired in the same way that a natural hardwood floor might. Many home improvement stores sell kits that can be used to repair laminate floor. These kits contain paint and a little putty or a crayon that can be used to fill in scratches and small dents. If you have a leftover piece of the laminate from the installation of your floor that you never bothered to throw out, take it into the hardware store and they may be able to help you find a repair kit that's as close of a match as possible.