To quote a (true) cliche: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," but sometimes, no matter how careful we are, wood floors will experience excess water from leaks, spills, floods, and weather. Of course, we all know about things like wiping spills immediately and placing mats strategically at entrances and in front of sinks, but here's some additional information from your wood experts in Connecticut.
Whether it’s solid hardwood flooring or engineered wood floors, there are some places where installation is not recommended, such as the bathroom, which is commonly known as the “wettest room in the house.” Although engineered has a little more versatility in where it can go, such as in basements, it still shouldn’t be subjected to constant moisture.
Solid wood always needs acclimation by leaving opened boxes in the room in which it’s to be placed for three to five days to give the wood a chance to adjust to new surroundings by bringing the moisture content as close as possible to that of the room. In addition, engineered flooring, even though more stable than solid, is still recommended for acclimation by some manufacturers.
Don’t forget the subfloor, either, because it can travel up to the surface floor if moist. That we always take moisture readings during the process.
If floods do happen
First, don't panic, but remember that time is of the essence. Remove all wet towels, upholstery, area rugs, etc., immediately. Next, dry the boards as thoroughly as possible with a wet vac (you can rent them in hardware stores), keeping in mind that water can hide underneath the boards. Finally, open windows, if possible, and use fans and a dehumidifier.
Disinfect the floors; this sounds a little counterintuitive since we just told you to remove water, but wood is porous, and those openings can hold onto water and bacteria. The disinfectant should be one that doesn't make suds or foam; After, dry again with the wet vac and if you have even the slightest thought that there might be water, call a professional!
Follow these requirements, and you'll enjoy your wood flooring for a long, long time. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to stop into our showroom in either Stamford or Bridgeport, CT. Sunshine Floor Supplies, Inc. is always there for you! Be sure to ask about your free wood flooring quote.