What to do When a Hardwood Floor Gets Flooded
Everyone probably knows that water and wood floor are never a very good combination, so it is very important for a home with a lot of hard wood flooring to keep those areas clean and dry at all times.
Accidents happen, however, and sometimes there is absolutely nothing that can be done to prevent them.
Should such an accident occur and leave you with water stained hard wood floors, it is extremely important to know precisely what to do in order to avoid what could otherwise be a very expensive set of wood floor repairs.
Small white stains can be removed from hardwood floors by buffing the finish with a mild abrasive (along the lines of something such as whitening toothpaste) and a piece of soft cotton cloth. Be careful when doing so that you do not use too much pressure or else you could be in danger of wearing out the finish on the wooden floor.
The absolute worst case scenario would, of course, be a hardwood floor that becomes completely flooded. The first response is to get rid of all that excess moisture straight away. Use non-sudsing detergent and a non-abrasive brush to completely remove any mud or silt if present and likewise ensure that all dirt is removed from corners and cracks. Then follow that up by using an ordinary wood floor cleaning product to give the flooring a thorough scrubbing.
There is always hope for a hardwood floor that gets flooded, though if the floor responds by cupping or separating from the sub-floor, remedying these problems can be a long and difficult process.