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Learn The Steps To Take If Your Hardwood Floor Has Some Minor Water Damage

If your hardwood floor has some minor water damage as a result of a leaking pipe in your home, restore it to its original condition by following some basis steps.

Use The Following Materials

  • fan
  • portable heater
  • bleach 
  • vinegar
  • water
  • bucket
  • broom
  • mop
  • floor sanding machine
  • low and high grit sandpaper
  • wood stain
  • wood varnish
  • paint tray
  • paint roller with handle
  • mixing stick

Disinfect And Dry The Floor

After the leak is repaired, disinfect the hardwood floor. Add one cup of bleach and one cup of vinegar to a bucket of warm water. Mop the entire floor with this solution to remove surface dirt and to kill germs. The bleach will prevent mold and mildew growth and will eliminate bad odors. Open up windows during the day to air out the room where the flooring is located. If it is cold or raining outside, turn on a fan to ventilate the room.

Place a portable heater next to the areas that are wet. The drying process may take a couple days. The actual amount of time depends upon how much moisture is trapped in the flooring. 

Sand And Mop The Surface

Attach a piece of low grit sandpaper to a floor sander. If you do not own a floor sander, you can rent one from a business that provides equipment rentals. Instructions will be provided to you so that you are familiar with how to operate the machine. Begin in one corner and move the sander across the room in straight lines. It is important to sand the floor with the grain of the wood so that scuff marks do not appear.

Sand the entire floor so that it will look uniform after the new coats of stain and varnish are applied. After sanding the floor and water damage is no longer evident, attach a piece of fine grit paper to the sander and move it over the floor. Sweep the floor to collect any residue that has been left behind by the floor sander. Mop the floor to eliminate any dust or fine particles that weren't swept up by the broom. 

Apply Stain And Varnish

Stir the stain to eliminate air bubbles. Pour it into a paint tray. Dip a paint roller into the tray. Move the roller across the floor in straight lines, beginning in one corner. It may take a full day for the stain to dry. It depends upon the color that you have selected. Once the stain is dry, add a coat of varnish. Stir the varnish and pour it into a paint tray. Use the same steps that were used to stain the floor.

After the varnish is dry, your floor will have a beautiful appearance and you will not be able to tell that it was previously damaged in some areas. Care for your floor by sweeping and mopping it on a regular basis. Acting promptly if future water damage occurs increases the chances of full water damage restoration.