The first thing to do if your hardwood floors get wet is not to panic. Do keep in mind, however, that it needs to be handled quickly so you can minimize any potential damage.

The following are some tips for handling wet floors.

First, you must remove all wet objects on and near the floor, and that includes rugs, clothing, towels and rags, and even other wet furniture.

Next, dry the floor as thoroughly as possible, exploring corners, joints, and anywhere the water might be hiding. Be sure to remove any rags that you use to soak up the water.

If weather permits, open windows and use air conditioners and fans.

Disinfect the floor; you want to do this because flood liquid is often contaminated and can cause damage.

How to be ultra sure hardwood is dry

This might be a good time to invest in a meter to determine if any water is hiding in the subfloor. Be sure to tell the retailer exactly how you plan to use it so you get the right one.

You can get them for under $50 or less. As for determining the safest dampness levels, that will depend upon your room's temperature and overall humidity. This is something you should discuss with your flooring expert; the alternative is to have them come in to access the humidity levels.

Is it really necessary to check these levels?

It can be, especially if they are solid wood floors. Solid will expand and shrink to adjust to the weather. Acclimation can help prevent that challenge with solid floors when it's being installed but isn't effective if there's a major flood.

When it expands, the result will be cupping, crowning, and buckling. The humidity can also create oxidation which turns the boards gray. Eventually, you'll get black spots, and the only solution will be to replace them.

Important note: While engineered wood is stable, won't expand or contract and handles water better, it still should not be submerged in water or installed in full bathrooms.

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