Removing water damage from hardwood floors can be tricky, but here are some tips on how you can reduce the damage.
When wood gets wet it swells and cupping can set in. Cupping is easy to spot: the sides of the boards will bow above the center. In many cases, cupping is a sign that flooring will require replacement. Your immediate response should be to remove as much standing water as possible and then eliminate any dirt left behind. A shop vacuum is ideal for this job. Depending on the size of the area and what’s available, towels, mops, and squeegees may also be helpful.
Once a majority of the water has been cleaned from the floors, baseboards, and other woodwork, vigorously scrub the same areas with a dry brush or broom to loosen any dirt or debris that remains. Mix your preferred detergent according to package directions. Wash the floor in sections to avoid further water damage.
Arrange a dehumidifier in the center of the affected area; leave it running undisturbed for at least 24 hours. To aid this process, arrange several large fans to encourage air flow. Direct the fans toward the floor and move them around as needed. If you have central AC, it won’t hurt to turn that on as well. Depending on the weather outside, open the windows. Remember, the purpose of this step is to dehumidify. So, if humidity is high outside, open windows just a few inches. The drying process can take weeks, depending on several factors. The only way to know it’s completely dry is to buy a moisture meter and test the affected areas.
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