Remove Minor Scratches from laminate flooring

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Minor Scratches: Use the available colour co-ordinating pencils to fill in the scratch.

Seam Gaps: Colour filler touch up products is what the manufacturers recommend for gaps between the plank seams.

Chips: There are coloured burn-in sticks available for chips, deep scratches and gouges. Special electric knives are used to repair these areas.

The plank will need to be replaced if the damage is severe. There are special tools, wood splines and router bits used to replace the plank. This can be done without destroying the rest of the floor but it should be done by a professional installer.

How To Care For Your Laminate Floors

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How to care for your laminate floorsLaminate floors are a common thing in most houses these days. It adds a touch of class and sophistication to the home. Not to mention; it is extremely durable, easy to clean and maintain. Laminate floors come in many designs and colours. Taking care of your laminate floor is as easy as A, B, C.

To take care of your laminate floors you will need:

1>     Dust mop

2>     Felt pads

3>     Broom

4>     Windex (A window cleaner containing detergent and ammonia)

5>     Furniture spray

Steps to looking after your laminated floor

1>     To keep your laminate floors neat and tidy you will need to sweep the floors on a regularly basis. Get your hands on a good furniture spray (you can find it at any supermarket or home improvement store). Spray this on a dust mop and target areas that pick up a lot of dust.

2>     Place felt pads under heavy furniture as this will prevent denting and damaging the laminated floors.

3>     An old favourite of mine is to mix a litre of water with ¼ cup of vinegar. (Yes! vinegar, there’s more to vinegar then just making your food tasty). Add a little cleaning solution to the mix. Do not use cleaners that are too harsh on your laminating floor. Ask for assistance when choosing your cleaning solution. The last thing you would want to do is damage the floor. Once your solution is made. Wash the floor with a circular motion. Use a soft dry cloth to wipe up all the streaks when you are done mopping. Making sure that the laminated floor dry completely. If you leave water or any liquid on laminated floors for a long period of time it will become delaminate. Word of advice to people who have laminated floors, you should put mats on the floor in places like the bathroom or the kitchen floor were the laminate floor can be easily exposed to water and get damaged.

4>     Laminate floors do not do well in places that have a high humidity. So keeping a constant level of humidity in your house will prolong the life of you laminated floors.

How To Paint Laminate Floors

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How to Paint Laminate FloorYou will need:

  1. Mop
  2. Towels
  3. Paint
  4. Paint brushes
  5. Paint rollers
  6. Painter tape
  7. Oil-based primer
  8. Sand paper
  9. Polyurethane sealer

Preparing the laminated floor

1>     Create space to work with by removing all the beds and furniture from the room. It will make it easier to move around and not bump anything over.

2>     Using a light sand paper start sanding the laminate floor.

3>     Once the sanding is done, start cleaning the laminate floor and get rid of all the dust that might be stuck to the floor.

4>     Use the mop and the towel to get rid of the last minute liquids and dust.

5>     Leave the floor approximately 30 minutes to dry; depending on the weather for that day.

6>     To prevent the walls from getting messed cover the base of the wall with paper or get the painter`s tape from your local hardware store and cover the wall.

7>     Apply a coat of oil based primer to the laminate floor with a roller brush.

8>     Take a tea break and wait for the primer to dry completely.

9>     Select the paint of your choice and give the laminate floor at least two coats of paint. Do not forget to paint the corners of the walls. This time using a smaller paint brush. Wait for the paint to dry.

10>  After the painting is done you will surely require another tea break.

11> Once the laminate floors are dry, apply the polyurethane sealer. The polyurethane sealer will ensure the laminate floors are protected and clean for much longer.

That is it guys now you have a newly painted laminate floor. Have fun!!!

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