Dry the floor
Start by assessing the damage. For an excessive leak or spill, you may need a wet/dry vacuum to efficiently remove water from your laminate flooring. If that is not necessary, grab a mop and some soft cloths to soak up the water before you move on to actual repairs.
Before repairing your laminate floors, fix the appliance that is causing the water damage or control the leak to reduce the possibility of more damage. Not fixing the problem before repairing your flooring could be costly in the long run.
Remove damaged flooring
You don't have to install a whole new floor due to water damage. Simply remove and replace the laminate pieces that are damaged. You may need a utility knife, chisel, hammer, and crowbar to remove the wet pieces of laminate. Once the damaged pieces are gone, check the subfloor. You don't want to install new, dry laminate pieces on top of wet or moldy subflooring. If the subflooring is wet, you may have to place some fans around it to dry it out before you install the new laminate.
For moldy or dirty subflooring, scrub, clean, and dry the subflooring before installation. If the subflooring is rotted or has been compromised in some way, install replacement underlay in those sections using flooring adhesive. Most likely, if you have a wood subfloor that got wet, you may have to replace it before continuing to install new flooring pieces. Remove any damaged moldings or baseboards, too.
Install new flooring
Mimic the original installation when you replace damaged laminate flooring. If you used staples, replace the new pieces with staples. If you used glue, then use glue so the flooring looks consistent. Install the new pieces in the same pattern and design as the old ones, so they seamlessly blend into the existing flooring. If you are using glue, wipe excess glue away with a cloth or sponge.
Install new baseboards or moldings if needed once you are finished laying down the laminate flooring, then allow everything to dry overnight. Do not put any large pieces of furniture on the floor until it's completely dry. Also, try to avoid walking on the new spots until the floor has had at least 24 hours to dry.
Don't panic if you have wet flooring on your hands. Call Gowdy Flooring at (806) 353-6226 for more information on laminate flooring and installation. Whether you need some replacement pieces, or you need help with installing a new subflooring, we can answer all of your flooring questions and provide you with experienced service. Browse our website to find out more About Us and what we offer, or stop by our showroom and see our flooring options for yourself. Send us an email with your questions, concerns, or comments. Stop by and see us at 5205 S. Coulter Street in Amarillo, Texas.