Can You Salvage Wet Hardwood Floors

Wet Wood Flooring? Drying Advice to Minimize Damage

Water is not a friend to hardwood floors because of the porous nature of wood – any moisture absorbs into it. So your flooring could start to show signs of staining from minor spills. A wet floor could also buckle and cup when vast amounts of water are absorbed as the planks begin to swell.

You may think all because the wood has been sealed and waxed, it is untouchable, meaning water won’t affect it. Wrong. While sealers and waxes add water resistance, they can’t prevent moisture from being absorbed. These products give you more time to remove the water or spills, toughening up the surface to block prolonged damage.

Drying your floors swiftly is vital to reduce the damage done, some of which could be permanent. Below are some steps to take if you have wet wood floors after a plumbing accident or flood.

Remove Water-Soaked Objects from the Floor

Rugs and furniture soaked with water will continue dropping moisture into the wood. Also, wet furnishings are a breeding ground for mildew and mold growth, which will go into the pores and seams of your wood flooring. Remove all wet items and place them somewhere they can dry efficiently without causing any more damage to the floor.

Soak Up as Much of the Water as Possible

Towels, mops, and clean rags will soak up puddles and spills. Use a wet vacuum to remove larger water spills from the flooring. Don’t stop using the machine even when you no longer see the water on the wood because there will still be water hiding in the pores and plank seams.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss hardwood floors, please contact Van Dao Nguyen Flooring at (610) 903-2542 now if you live in the Philadelphia, PA region.

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