How To Repair Water Damaged Hardwood Floors

16 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Water damage can cause quite a bit of damage. Drywall, insulation, carpet padding, and sometimes carpeting needs to be replaced. Carpeting can sometimes be salvaged, as can your hardwood floors. They both need to be dried properly and quickly, in order to salvage them. See below for instructions on how to dry and repair water damaged hardwood floors.

Dry Your Floors

Your wood floors should be dried quickly in order to keep mildew and mold from growing. Open up windows and doors, if possible. If there is too much humidity outside, you can turn on your air conditioner or furnace to help dry your floors. Also, use floor fans and dehumidifiers to help draw out moisture. Remove the trim around your hardwoods to help the drying process. You can salvage the trim pieces as well, if you want, just lay them flat to dry.

Get Rid Of Insulation

Get rid of any wet insulation under your wood floors, in your crawl space or basement, if you have any beneath the floor joists. Place a dehumidifier and fan under the floor to help dry them out as well.

Clean Your Floors

If the flood caused a muddy buildup on your floors, shovel the mud from your wood floors. Clean your floors with a mop, and a bleach and water solution to prevent mold and mildew growth.

Sand Your Floors

Once your floors are completely dry, you can sand them. Sand edges that have lost their shape due to the water damage. Lightly sand the entire floor along the wood grain, using either a hand sander, or with sheets of sandpaper. 

Wipe Down Your Floors

Clean your floors to get rid of any powder or dust from sanding them down. Use a vacuum to get the majority of the dust, then use a microfiber cloth to help get any more dirt or dust off of your floors.

Stain Or Varnish Your Floors

Once your floors are completely clean, you can stain or varnish your floors. Outline your floors with a coat of stain using a paintbrush, then go over the rest of your floors using a rag or a roller. Give your floors a second coat if necessary, after the first coat is completely dry.

Replace Insulation

Replace any insulation you took out from between the floor joists to complete the job.

Your beautiful hardwoods can be repaired and salvaged, even after a flood, and can be just as gorgeous as they were before they were damaged. Talk to a restoration expert, such as Complete Restoration Services, for more information.