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Tips for repairing wooden flooring


How to Repair Wooden Flooring

Keep your wooden and laminate flooring looking great with these handy repair tips. We’ve covered the most common accidents and issues to help you out if your warranty fails you. It’s worth bearing in mind that the warranty sold with most wooden and laminate floor coverings is there to protect you against manufacturing defects, or mis-installation on the part of the fitters. Accidental damage happens, particularly when you’ve got pets and children to consider!

How big is the problem?

The first thing is to work out just how big an issue you’ve got. If we’re talking a few scuffs and scrapes, which can be sorted out with a simple home repair kit, you’ll be able to complete your repair job in around one hour. Bigger issues, like cracked or split boards or damaged edging, need more tools; more expertise; and more time.

Fixing small problems

Most small issues can be sorted out using a wooden flooring repair kit. There’s no need to call out a fitter to cover up scratches and small cracks or pits in the floor. Buy an off the shelf wood flooring repair kit from any reputable DIY supplier, and follow the instructions closely.

Start by washing and drying the area to be repaired. This gets rid of dust and dirt, which can get into the wooden floor sealer and give an uneven finish.

Major repairs to wooden floor boards or large areas of laminate flooring

A large crack, hole or warped board requires a much more involvedrepair. You’ll need a good knife or small power saw, a drill and some floor glue.

Begin by cutting out the damaged section of the floor board. This is best done by drilling a series of holes around one and a half inches apart. Cut from the edge of one hole to the edge of the next to prevent splitting the wood.

When you’ve removed the damaged section, you can make diagonal cuts from the edges of the hole to the edges of the board. Take out the remaining pieces of floor board so you’re left with a whole hole.

Cut the tongue off the floor board you are going to drop in to replace the old one. Slip the groove over the existing tongue (in the next row of flooring), and glue into place. Weight the board for 24 hours to ensure the new fitting has taken. Clean any excess away with glue remover.

Major repairs to floor edging

If one of your edging boards is damaged, you’ll need to undo the flooring until you reach the problem site. Start by taking the baseboard off the wall – do this carefully so you don’t damage the board itself or the wall. Then remove all flooring in order until you reach the damage.

Take the damaged board out, replace it, and replace the other boards. Put the baseboard back in and tack it down.


Never take on a serious wood flooring repair if you’re not confident you can finish the job. Always wear protective clothing and eye protection when you are cutting wood floor or using a hammer and tacks.

This article goes through the three basic types of wooden floor repair – from small nicks, scratches and cracks to serious issues with edging boards or sections in the middle of the flooring. Advice on preparation and fitting new boards is included.

You’ll learn how to prepare your wooden floor for small and large repairs, what kinds of tools you will need to do the job properly, and how long a major repair to wood flooring should take.

Find out how to apply pre-prepared wood flooring filler to small cuts and scratches, including how to clean the surface before you start with your repair. And learn what to do if you discover damage in a board at the edge of your floor, without damaging the walls or the baseboard when you fix the issue.

Damage in the middle of your wooden flooring? We’ll show you how to repair it yourself without needing to call in a professional floor fitter. Learn how to cut out a damaged board without breaking the boards around it, and what to do to prepare a new floor board for replacement.

You will need the appropriate tools and protective clothing to perform the repairs and maintenance described.

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