Wooden floors may require a different set of response from property owners once it is subjected to water damage. After all, wood is porous, as compared to its concrete tile counterparts.
But how does a property owner go about repairing water damaged wood floors?
The Spruce says property owners better act quickly when trying to salvage their water damaged wooden floors. This is to ensure that molds will not have time to set in, and that further damage can be mitigated.
“As soon as you can attend to your wet floors, the better. Wood’s cellulose fibers rapidly soak up water but only slowly releases that water. So, you want to start pulling off the water with your shop vacuum fast. Even if you believe your wood floors are so well-finished that water cannot penetrate the raw wood, think again. Wood floors have many infiltration points besides the top layer–between seams, through breaks in the coating, under baseboards, through heating registers, and a host of other areas.”
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Elegant Floor Services also echoed the same advice to its readers, saying it is important to remediate the situation as soon as the property owner can.
“Before you refinish your hardwood floor after water damage, it is essential to check the subfloor to see whether water has spread to this layer or not. If it has, treat the subfloor immediately to prevent it from getting worse. After you have done this and a wood flooring professional has determined that your wood floor is completely dry, then you can finally refinish your hardwood floors and get them back to looking like new!”
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DoItYourself.com meantime came up with a comprehensive guide on dealing with water damage on wooden flooring. Included in the guide is how to remove black water damage stains on wooden flooring.
“Mark out your work area with painter’s tape then remove the surface finish starting with 60 or 80 grit sandpaper and finishing with 120 grit. Next, mix oxalic acid crystals (available at home or hardware stores) with warm water, then carefully brush the mixture onto the stained area. Allow the solution to dry and if the stain is still there, repeat the application (The oxalic acid solution acts as a bleach to remove the dark stain, but if the stain persists after repeated applications your board is permanently stained and will need to be replaced). Finally, refinish the area using wood stain to match the floor then seal the repaired area with polyurethane.”
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If unsure as to how to go about repairing water damaged wooden floors, the best recourse is to call in professionals as soon as possible to mitigate further damage and start the restoration work as soon as possible.