Asked on Sep 17, 2018

How do I camouflage water damaged laminate flooring?

by Rose

The edges have swelled and are curling. I do not have replacement piece. Could I sand the edges down and paint it or stain them?

  15 answers
  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Sep 17, 2018

    Hello, I have used an iron before and it worked so here is a article on how to fix it.

    • Ems10643799 Ems10643799 on Sep 18, 2018

      sorry no pics. It was a rental but the renters loved the finished look. We sealed it with tile sealer to keep it clean.

  • Everything Pretty Everything Pretty on Sep 17, 2018

    I'm having the same problem. I'm going to replace the floor, but I want to paint the cabinets first. I used acrylic paint to repair dings on my vinyl floor in my old house, so I was going to try acrylic again.

    I'm going to try the iron trick first though. If that doesn't work, I'll try the paint.

  • William William on Sep 17, 2018

    The substrate on the laminate floor has swelled. Sanding will remove the surface and reveal the substrate and staining will not look good or work. The boards need to be replaced. One of the reasons I dislike laminate flooring.

  • Ray Porter Ray Porter on Sep 18, 2018

    What caused the your floor to buckle. Was it a leak from a dish washer or broken pipe. My dish washer developed a leak and got under our laminate flooring causing the same problem. Unfortunately at thst time there was no fix as I did not hsve extra pieces. I ended up calling my insurance company and turned in a claim. If thst was or possibly was the cause it may be worth looking into. Goid luck either way.

  • Car33466483 Car33466483 on Sep 18, 2018

    The Iron method is for VINYL NOT WOOD LAMINATE. LAMINATE is layered wood products. Once they are swollen that's it. I have the same problem 4 old dogs that miss the pads. Anyway I called the mfg co and was told can't do repairs only replacements. If you can find the same brand sometimes you can but just a few or one box. Most of them are just click in and once you have one or the rest are easy.

  • Ems10643799 Ems10643799 on Sep 18, 2018

    I have used a sander to get rid of curling edges and created a coastal rustic floor by painting it. Our floors were some of the cheapest laminate. This actually worked in our favor. Think outside the box and get creative. Good luck!

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    • Felicia Felicia on Dec 19, 2020

      Can you you share your process please. Hurricane Michael destroyed my new floors and replacement is not available. I need to do something to the floors so I can move back into my house 2 1/2 years later. Thank you so very much for considering my question.

  • Gail Gail on Sep 18, 2018

    Wood will sometimes shrink from being wet when it is fully dried out again completely. While a hot iron is not recommended or likely going to help, however, a "warm", not hot, blow dryer blowing on this area of the floor may help to completely dry out the wood & shrink it back much closer if not completely to it's original size & state. Heat & time, patience here, does shrink wood as even natural moistures evaporate & dissipate from wood both large & small pieces. That is why you will often see where glues & originally tight fitting pieces of wood in furniture, doors, etc have separated & come apart. Wood does shrink with time.

    I would suggest that you try the slow speed, low heat blow dryer for several days & watch it to see if this will shrink the wood & help. In the meantime, I would avoid any traffic walking on the swollen wood so as to prevent additional finish & wood particle damages to make final repair easier if any nailing, screwing pieces down, sanding or restaining is required. Be sure to properly reseal the wood when repairs are complete. Be patient & the results could be very rewarding.

    I would love to know how this turns out for you.

  • Kimberly Kimberly on Sep 18, 2018

    If you are on a tight budget, I would sand it down and stencil or paint a faux rug in that area and seal it.

  • Ems10643799 Ems10643799 on Sep 18, 2018

    Absolutely! Remember that it is really paper and just a photo of wood flooring. You can strip it down to the particle board.

  • Virginia S. Virginia S. on Sep 18, 2018

    If you can manage to remove the bump, you might try to fill the gaps with colored wood filler. Use painters' tape to keep it off the undamaged part of the floor.

  • Diane Joss Diane Joss on Sep 19, 2018

    Pretty throw rug

  • Dolores Eileen Labelle Dolores Eileen Labelle on Aug 25, 2019

    I have that same whitish mark on my laminate flooring caused from my dogs peeing. I had an area rug over it and when I removed the rug this is what I found. So I'm trying mayonnaise on it. I just tried one area and it's looking great. Apply mayonnaise with a clean rag then wipe and buff with another clean rag

  • Helen Helen on Apr 30, 2021

    Probably you don't have very high quality material. I bought vinyl laminate flooring, it does not fade in the sun, does not heat up, and it is easy to stick to the floor. I have a household laminate in my kitchen. They are intended for finishing floors in private houses and apartments. The coatings have a minimum thickness, but they differ in a wide variety of types. The warranty period is 5-6 years. I think that in the near future I will change the flooring in the rooms. I love this stuff. It looks very nice, easy to clean. You can choose a coating in the form of stripes, squares or patterns.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Nov 26, 2023

    Can you locate the manufacturer and see if you can replace it that way?

  • If you can no longer find replacement pieces, this might be tough. Once the floor is damaged, it’s hard to come back from. Sanding or staining may work but likely not as it’s paper or wood particles. Honestly, and not the answer you’re looking for, I’d place a rug over it until it can be replaced.