laminate slightly warped from liquid spill

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Old 07-02-15, 12:23 PM
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laminate slightly warped from liquid spill

I know water is not good for laminate. My spray bottle of Green cleaner broke, spilling quite a bit on the floor. I IMMEDIATELY cleaned it up and dried it with a towel. But there are sections now that are slightly warped... bumpy. My husband JUST installed this floor less than a month ago. If I don't come back on this forum, it's because he's killed me. UGH.
I dried it more with the towel and I now have heavy cat litter bags on top of it. Has anyone had luck with this? (weight)
I've heard hair dryers don't work (according to a google search).
Please give me your suggestions.
It's actually not SUPER noticeable. But it's noticeable enough.
I have to say, I'm disappointed in laminate. Yes, I spilled on it. But I cleaned it up SO FAST. It (the surface, anyway) was dry in under a minute.
 
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Old 07-02-15, 12:25 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Sorry, this is part of why most of us won't install laminate.

Have any left over so you can replace the warped pieces?
 
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Old 07-02-15, 01:07 PM
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Yes, we did save an extra nearly 2 boxes. But I'm hoping my husband doesn't have to go that route.
On another forum, this happened to someone. A reply he got was, "This happened to me once and I learned a trick and don't mind to pass this on. I used a small oil heater and turned to the lowest setting overnight to dehumidify that 2-3 sq ft area. Morning time comes there should be no moisture left in the laminates...but it still warped. Immediately removing the heater I put a flat block of ice (wrapped with 2 layers of garbage bags) I got ready the day before( rectangular shaped made from my square cooking pan) on top of the warped boards. Then 2 telephone books and a dumbell to weight it down. The ice contracts(shrinks) the board. About 2 hours later after the ice melts...the boards were to their original shape and flat as can be. Hope this helps. Good luck."

Anything is worth a try, but this (ice bit) seems far fetched.
 
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Old 07-02-15, 01:32 PM
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Don't know about that idea but as long as the ice and water are COMPLETELY contained by the garbage bags and using two of them eliminates condensation on the outside of the outer bag, I don't see this making anything worse.
 
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Old 07-02-15, 03:22 PM
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Do let us know how it works if you try it. Wood, and I assume laminate, expands and contracts due to moisture content, but moisture content is somewhat a function of temperature so perhaps it helps.

With many methods of straightening something you need to be able to bend or push the material back in the desired direction, but past the desired point so when the pressure is removed it will relax back to where it belongs.

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Old 07-02-15, 03:47 PM
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As previously stated, this is the death sentence of a laminate floor in an area that gets or could get moisture. Little in my opinion that can be done other than dry everything out as best you can, and replace the damaged pieces. If the spill happened, AND you cleaned it up as fast as you did, AND it still bubbled up that quickly... All I can say is that you got what you paid for. If lower end laminate, then this would be expected. You will also note that the elaborate warranty wording voids all claims such as this. Seems like you are on your own - I feel for you and hope that your husband will understand.
 
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Old 07-02-15, 09:57 PM
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We installed the actual Pergo brand, which we've had good luck with in other homes we've owned. We think (my husband is still talking to me) is what made it worse is that it wasn't just water I spilled but the Green cleaner, and it was a pretty big puddle. He thinks the chemicals didn't help things.
It's not SUPER noticeable, thank goodness, but it is a flaw, and it bothers us, especially as he JUST installed it a few weeks ago. We're probably going to leave it, but he's handy enough to repair it if needed.
 
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