Hardwood is a highly durable flooring solution that combines functionality with a natural rustic aesthetic appeal. However, its one main weakness is prolonged water exposure, which can cause all sorts of staining, warping, and damage to your floors. In the event of a leak or flood in your home, your hardwood flooring could be left damaged and marred. Thankfully, there are a couple of things that you can do to help restore the appearance of your hardwood flooring.
Drying and Cleaning
The first thing that you should do if your hardwood floors experience any sort of water damage is to make sure that the entire area is dry. While you can fix puddles and leaks on the actual hardwood by drying them up with a mop or rags, in order to cut down on the amount of moisture in the air in the room, you may want to also install a number of fans and portable dehumidifiers, available at most hardware stores, to increase ventilation and ensure that your flooring (as well as the rest of the room) is completely dry.
Removing Water Stains
Water damage can leave unsightly, chalky white stains on your hardwood flooring that can be hard to remove. These stains can be fairly easily cleaned if you use a rag soaked in mineral oil, scrubbing liberally over the stained area. You may have to reapply mineral oil several times in order to completely eliminate the stain.
If a black stain has taken hold on your hardwood floor, you'll have to use rough sandpaper to sand away the surface of the flooring itself. Then, take oxalic acid (available at most hardware stores) mixed into water and scrub it into the stained area. Let it sit, and reapply as needed until your hardwood has been restored to its natural color. Then, you may want to reapply a stain or finish to the sanded hardwood to match that section to the rest of your floor.
If certain boards in your hardwood floor have become slightly warped due to water exposure, you can attempt to bend them back into place by placing a heavy object on top of the warped section. Leave it there for a couple of days to allow the board to bend back into shape. However, severely warped boards that refuse to bend back into place, or that have actually ripped their nails out of the underfloor will need to be completely replaced with new floorboards.
If you are uncomfortable tending to your damaged floors, you can also contact a professional water mitigation service.Share
26 July 2017
When you first move into a home, it can be easy to be overwhelmed with projects. Although everything might seem perfect before you put in that offer, things can change drastically after you finally move in. You might notice problems with tile that you never detected, or you might wonder about that dip in the floor. Fortunately, if you find devastating issues, such as heavy termite damage or altered structure, you might be able to seek refuge from damage contractors. In addition to diagnosing and resolving issues, damage contractors might be able to help you to see what your house can become after things are repaired.