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Effective Cleanup Procedures for Wet Wood Floors

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

If a pipe burst or other incident leave water on the wood surface of your floor, don’t wait until the next day to clean it up.

Do you have wood floors in your Germantown, TN, building? This material adds a nice touch to your office. These floors are durable and easy to maintain. Some things can pose harm to a wood floor, namely water. If water leaks or dumps onto your floors, it’s crucial to clean them and dry them quickly. If you don’t act fast or appropriately, you may have to replace the flooring.

Potential Problems

You shouldn’t have much to worry about if someone at work spills a bottle of water on the ground or tracks in a little bit of moisture from outside. Where you will have concern is if something such as a pipe burst occurs and expels several gallons or more on the floor. Other worrisome situations include:

  • Leaks in pipes that slowly but consistently drip water onto the floor
  • Sewer backups or overflowing toilets
  • Water leaking from the ceiling unto the floor

Remove Wet Items

If you notice a wet floor with a significant amount of water, make sure you get any wet materials off the ground immediately. This may include furniture, boxes, chairs, and desks. These items will only continue to put more water on the floor.

Extract the Water

You can remove small or moderate amounts of water from the floor with a mop or cloth. However, if there’s a pipe burst, and you find inches of water, you need something more heavy-duty such as a wet vacuum to thoroughly soak up the water. You should do this as soon as possible to save your wood floor and keep mold from growing.

Dry Completely

Removing the water isn’t enough; you need to dry the affected area thoroughly. A professional water removal specialist can do this with industrial-strength fans.

If a pipe burst or other incident leave water on the wood surface of your floor, don’t wait until the next day to clean it up. Follow these tips and save yourself a lot of time and hassle.

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