How to Dry Your Hard Floor Fast and Safely

hard floor cleaning Hard floors are susceptible to water damage. Even if there is wax or a sealant on the surface of the floor the wood grains can still get wet from the absorbed water. When there is water in wood floors cupping begins to occur. That is when the wood floor begins to swell and rise higher than the center of the boards. This way the uneven surface is created. Eliminating the moisture as fast as possible is essential to prevent this.

If there are some water soaked items on the floor make sure to get them outside as fast as possible. Leaving them in the sun will dry them out fast and easy.

Drying the floor in few simple steps

#1 With a wet vacuum suck up as much of the water as possible. Even after there is no more visible water continue to do so. This way the invisible water that is within the pores of the wood will be sucked out as well. Have patience for this one.

#2 Scrub the floor with a non-sudsy disinfectant. This way you will clean the surface of the floor. Also, you will remove any leftover debris or dirt that may keep moisture on the wooden floor. Use the wet vacuum to suck out the moisture from the floors again.

#3 Use a dehumidifier in the center of the floor to remove any leftover moisture. Leaving it for at least 24 hours will do a great job in removing the excess moisture from the floor boards. To help the dehumidifier do its job use fans on the highest settings to vent the room. If it’s not raining outside consider opening the windows as well to speed up the drying process.

#4 When the floor is dry you should check it for mold or mildew. If you spot any scrub it immediately with a mixture of baking soda and water. Do this because breathing mold is bad for you and the health of your family.

#5 Use a moisture testing meter to determine if there is any leftover wetness on your floor. For the next couple of weeks, it is recommended to continue using the dehumidifier. This way you are making sure that there will be no leftover water in the pores of the floor.

Keep in mind that this is one of the fastest methods to dry a floor. But it may still use well over two or three days to get the job done correctly… or hire professionals to do it for you.

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