Hardwood Floors and Water Don’t Mix

If you have hardwood floors in your Colorado home, it’s likely they’ve had water on them at one time or another. No matter how careful you’ve been, those floors have likely come into contact with water from a spilled glass, wet shoes, or a broken pipe. But have you ever wondered whether water can damage your hardwood floors? That’s a piece of information you should be aware of from the time they’re installed.

Can Hardwood Floors Tolerate Water?

Hardwood Floors and Water Don’t Mix

The answer is yes - and no. Sometimes water will completely ruin a hardwood flooring to the point that it will need to be replaced. Other times, they can withstand an onslaught of water without needing to be repaired.

There are four major factors that come into play when it comes to whether your hardwood flooring will be damaged by water:

  1. The speed of your response – homeowners can save their floor from water damage, but they need to respond quickly. The longer it goes unnoticed or ignored, the harder it is to restore.
  2. The type of wood – some kinds of wood are more vulnerable to water damage than others. You should be aware of whether your floors consist of natural wood, engineered wood, or laminate flooring.
  3. The quantity of water – all types of wood can withstand a small amount of moisture, usually around 6-12 percent. Any amount higher is a cause for concern, particularly if they’ve had repeated contact with water.
  4. The extent of damage – if it’s not too severe, your floors should be able to be saved. But extreme damage may mean the flooring will have to be professionally restored or replaced.

Once the water comes in contact with your hardwood floor, it rapidly begins to absorb the water into its pores. When water is present for longer than 24 hours, mold and mildew can start to grow, wreaking havoc on your home and health. That, of course, is in addition to the severe warping and buckling that can affect the floor as well.

How to Properly Dry Your Hardwood Floor

The second your hardwood floor meets water, the clock is ticking. You have to act fast to reduce any damage that water can do to your floor. To help you out, we have a few tips you can follow to minimize the damage:

  • For large spills, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the water quickly.
  • Clear out the area where a spill or flood occurs to limit the number of items damaged.
  • After drying the floor, clean it with a non-sudsy disinfectant to remove dirt and debris.
  • Dehumidify the area with large fans. Run your air conditioning as it helps remove moisture quicker. If it’s not very humid outside, open your windows.

But if there’s been serious water damage to the hardwood floors in your home in Pueblo, Leadville, or surrounding cities in Colorado due to flooding from broken pipes or a natural disaster and they need to be repaired, contact your insurance company to file a claim and then give the hardwood floor damage professionals at Cyclone Kleen Up a call at 719-299-3887. They have the expertise and equipment that can save expensive hardwood floors that may be cupping or buckling due to water damage. Doing so can also save you money as restoring floors is always less expensive than replacing them.