How to restore laminate flooring

Laminate flooring can look beautiful whilst being practical, but sometimes it needs a little repairing. Here are some tips on restoration.

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The potential problems with laminate flooring

The global market for laminate flooring is anticipated to increase to around $18.53bn (£13.2bn) by 2022. It is a practical solution that looks attractive, adding value to a home; however, problems can arise when it has either been ill-fitted during its installation or when moisture causes damage.

Laminate flooring can bubble and buckle with moisture. This water damage can occur as a result of either humidity in the home, such as heat from cooking or showers, or from the direct spillage of liquid that gets between the planks.

Tips for restoration

It is important to try to prevent damage, firstly by investing in quality flooring tiles from a stockist such as and secondly by ensuring the laminate is fitted by a quality installer. It is also important to minimise excess humidity and condensation in the home, such as by using extractor fans, opening windows, and damp-proofing vulnerable areas. Where possible, avoiding liquid spills is crucial in preventing moisture seeping between the planks.

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With buckling and bubbling, there are no quick and easy repairs. It is important to ascertain how the damage was done and prevent this recurring. Avoid walking on areas of flooring that are buckling, as this will induce further damage. Replacement of the damaged planks, or even a full room refit, may be required for extensive damage.