How to Get Light Scratch Marks Out of Laminate Flooring

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Repair unsightly scratches in your laminate floor.
Repair unsightly scratches in your laminate floor. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

While laminate flooring is a durable, cost effective flooring option, it is not indestructible. Dirt, animals, children and improper care can cause scratches on your laminate flooring. There are a variety of flooring repair kits that will help fix your light scratches and make them almost invisible. The kits consist of filler or wax pencils that mask the scratches and will stand up to use and cleaning.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum or broom
  • Filler kit
  • Putty knife
  • Rag

Putty Type Fillers

Take a flooring sample to your local flooring center to pick out a filler kit that is an exact or close match to the color of your flooring. You can also call your manufacturer to see if they offer a kit that will be an exact match.

Vacuum or sweep the floor to remove any dirt and debris.

Squeeze a small amount of filler onto a paper plate and mix with a putty knife until it is smooth and uniform in color.

Scrape a small amount of filler onto the putty knife and apply the putty to the scratch. Work the putty into the scratch until the putty is even with the surrounding floor. Smooth the putty out with a putty knife and remove any excess.

Let the putty dry according to the manufacturer directions.

Wax Pencil

Take a flooring sample to your local flooring center to pick out a filler kit that is an exact or close match to the color of your flooring. You can also call your manufacturer to see if they offer a kit that will be an exact match.

Vacuum or sweep the floor to remove any dirt and debris.

Color over the scratch with the wax pencil until the scratch is filled and the area is even with the surrounding floor.

Wipe away any excess wax with a rag. Let the repair sit untouched according to the manufacturer's cure time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use rugs and mats to prevent excess dirt from getting onto your floor and causing scratches.
  • Consider implementing a no-shoe policy in your home. Keep your animal’s nails trimmed.

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