My flooring is already installed and there are a few spots where water
caused swelling...isn't there ANYTHING that I can use to seal this
Swedish store told me no. Please, someone tell me
Sometimes the silicone or glue will swell up the glueless joints and it well
look worse when installed. The old style laminate, before the glueless snap
ins, where you use the glue provided by the laminate factory, is water
resistant. I have the glueless in both kitchen and bathrooms for a few
years - not a problem if you wipe off any standing water. YMMV
If you mean all the joints between pieces in the field, they are so tight I
see no way that you are going to get anything between the joints and you
will just be smearing in on the surface.
Have you ever done this? I can't imagine the poly sticking to the floor and
even if it did it would crack along all the joints. Come to think of it the
poly won't stick to the joints at all because you just smeared silicone on
As to the OP, if this is a wet area you are going to have to try to
reinstall the floor using the wet area instructions (if they have any) which
involves gluing all the joints with the right glue.
If its not in a wet area you have to get the water up immediately.
Your laminate floor floats, so I would not fix it in anyway. I don't
believe there is any designed for wet areas. Once it's swelled it
swelled. The pieces needs to be removed and replaced. Your can pop the
pieces out by cutting the tounges carefully with a very sharp blade.
If it's in your kitchen, you just have to stay on top of water spills.
I would have a small rug below your sink area for example to catch the
spills. Same thing if its installed in your bathroom.
In hindsight I would not have this product near any water source.
Current snap together floors of better brands like Mannington and Shaw have
water resistant edges. Cut edges need to be siliconed. If you have a
cheaper floor or poorly installed glued floor you are screwed.
Unfortunately, even if you paid big bucks for Mannington, you're
I know first hand. Been going around and around with them to either
fix or replace a top line laminate of theirs that was professionally
installed as per warranty, and everything has been done as per
warranty and care, and they still refuse to help us. Its now been 7
years we've been fighting them. We've even called our TV
investigators. They will NOT stand behind their product or warranty.
DON"T BUY MANNINGTON.
Btw, you'll probably just have to replace the area involved and keep
it dry in the future. None of the laminates perform as advertised.
Ours was advertised as being under water ( demonstration by dealer)
and we have had nothing but warping, rolling, swelling and separation
of the joints and glue. Mannington glue was used too. The surface has
also rubbed off in areas. It has a 20 yr warranty, but in less then 6
months, we had problems.
Mannington is crap. Next time I will buy an cheap brand, or Pergo.
There is a product that will help reduce the harmful effects of water,
it's called Bona Laminate Flooring Polish. It helps seal the exposed
edges of the laminate,which will help prevent water from getting in. The
polish is available at Lowe's, Bona also makes a laminate floor care kit,
it's a must have for laminate floor owners.
I knew you were not supposed to seal. But went to Home Depot bought bottle of
diluted floor finish in Satin, made for hardwood floors squirted down & smoothed
out with Swiffer wet jet w/dry pad, dries in mins. Then went back over again
stuck just fine, has been down now for almost 1 year still looks fine. I put
down heavy enough to make sure cracks were sealed, wouldn't hesitate to do
again...May even plan to do once a year looks so good!
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