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How Do I Protect Hardwood Floors from Water Damage?

Posted by on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 in Water Damage Restoration

Water is arguably one of the biggest enemies of hardwood floors. After a flood, your best chance of recovering your flooring is to hire a professional restoration company immediately. However, failing to protect your floor from moisture or spills daily can also cause irreversible damage.

Tips To Protect Your Hardwood Floors

  • Remove wet, moist, or damp items, such as carpets, clothes, boots, or appliances, from contact with the floor as soon as possible.
  • Wipe up any spills from the surface immediately to prevent the liquid from penetrating the floor.
  • If a room with a hardwood floor has an exterior door, place a rug in front of the door.
  • Inspect the plumbing and fix any leaks that might contribute to water getting onto the floor surface (or any structural component, for that matter).
  • Control the humidity in your home. During the summer, the air tends to be moister, and during the winter, the air is dryer. Both moist and dry air can affect wood, so adjust your humidifier accordingly.
  • Reinforce the sealant on your hardwood floor periodically. Wax sealants should be refinished annually. Polyurethane sealants (oil or water-based) last longer and only require maintenance every few years.
  • When cleaning hardwood floors, use a quality product intended specifically for hardwood floors. Make sure you don’t leave pools or puddles of liquid, no matter how small, on your floor. Don’t soak the mop head or the cloth you are using; instead, only dampen them.

Call Purofirst of Metropolitan Washington for Water Damage Restoration Services

Water damage in homes may appear on the surface as a minor loss. Still, it can quickly escalate needlessly into bigger problems, contributing to property and personal health issues. Timing is critical to reducing further damage. Call Purorfirst at 800-500-2399 right away for licensed and certified technicians who work compassionately, professionally, and quickly to contain the water and mitigate the potential devastation.

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