If you’ve got a beautiful hardwood floor in your home, you want to keep it looking beautiful for many years to come. But catastrophe can strike, and when there’s water involved, it can lead to serious disaster.
If you’ve had a recent water emergency with your hardwood floors, you may be worried about whether you need to replace your entirely. At Brenner Floors in Minneapolis, we’re experts at keeping hardwood floors looking fabulous even when disaster strikes. Follow this helpful advice to save your hardwood floors.
1. Isolate the Water Source.
Water is the enemy of solid hardwood flooring. Wood will immediately begin to absorb water, and once it does it will begin to expand. This can cause your floor to become uneven and boards to swell. It can also absorb into the flooring beneath your hardwood, loosening the glue and causing boards to come apart.
If you’ve recently found water on your hardwood, you need to find out what’s causing the problem first. If you aren’t sure where the water is coming from, check out any nearby plumbing sources such as a leaky pipe or window.
2. Get Rid of the Water Right Away.
Once you’ve isolated the source of your water problem, you need to work fast to get that water soaked up and away from your hardwood. This will prevent damage to your wood floors while at the same time keeping harmful mildew and mold from beginning to grow. It only takes a few days of moisture for these prolific allergens to start growing.
3. Use a Dehumidifier and Fans.
Once you’ve pulled up all of the water out of a space, you will need to pull as much moisture out of the room as possible with a dehumidifier and some portable fans. Let them run for at least a few days depending on how bad the original leak was. When it comes to mold growth and water damage, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Call in the Hardwood Flooring Pros.
As soon as your floor is exposed to water, give our hardwood flooring maintenance experts a call. We can take a look at your floor and make an assessment of the damage.
If part of your floor has experienced water damage, we offer hardwood floor buffing services and flooring repairs. We can also let you know if your floor’s damage is serious enough to need a flooring replacement.
Minneapolis Hardwood Floor Buffing and Repair Services
Whether you’ve had a burst pipe from frozen water or a leaky roof, don’t let water damage ruin your beautiful solid hardwood flooring. Our hardwood flooring refinishers at Brenner Floors in Minnesota are here to get your floor looking great again and mitigate the damage.
We can also add shine to your floor, making it sparkle like brand new. If you’ve had a recent water catastrophe, contact us online, or call us at 763-595-9151 to learn more about how we can help.