Hardwood floors are beautiful in any home, but the downside is how susceptible they are to water damage. Even waxed and sealed hardwood floors can absorb water. If you have recently experienced a flood in your home, follow these 7 tips to quickly dry your hardwood floors to save them from water damage.
1. Remove All Wet Items
Remove any carpets, area rugs, furniture, or toys from the wet floor as soon as possible. Leave them out in the sun to dry out.
2. Use A Wet Vac
Use a wet vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. Even when it looks like you have removed all of the visible water, continue using it, as the vacuum is still removing water from the pores in the wood.
3. Scrub With A Disinfectant
Scrub the surface of the floor with a non-sudsy disinfectant in order to kill any bacteria. Any leftover dirt or debris could store water in the pores of the floor. After scrubbing the floor, go over it again with the wet vac in order to remove any leftover water remnants.
4. Use A Dehumidifier
Put a dehumidifier in the middle of the room on full power. Leave it running on full power for at least 24 hours in order to soak up any moisture from the floor.
5. Set Up Fan
Use fans on full power in the room to aid the drying process. Opening the windows (if it’s not raining or snowing) can help as well.
6. Check For Mold
Once the floor is visibly dry, check for mold and mildew. If you notice any, scrub the area with a mixture of water and baking soda until it’s gone.
7. Call AAA Flood Drying
Here at AAA Flood Drying, we use the most modern methods and state-of-the-art drying equipment available in order to remove excess water from your hardwood floors. Call us today for hardwood floor drying! 978-392-1895