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Clean the Entire Wood Surface

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Clean the Entire Wood Surface

It may sound strange to add a liquid to the floor after siphoning off the water. Yet there will still be debris and dirt in the pores of the floor, which can store water as well as bacteria that can further harm the wood materials. Use a disinfectant cleaner that doesn't produce suds and a scrub brush that won't scratch up the surface of the floor. Once you have removed the dirt and debris, clean up the leftover water with the wet vacuum and apply a wood floor cleaner to remove the leftover disinfectant. Then rinse the wood surface and dry once more.

Completely Dry the Wood

While the wood flooring appears dry, water could have penetrated throughout the plank as you can't remove it with the wet vacuum. Use a dehumidifier placed at the highest setting possible to dry the floors. Place it in the center of the room and leave it on for at least 24 hours.

Next, place fans around the room so the entire surface receives the blowing air. Place the fans at the highest settings possible. If there is a level below the flooring that can be accessed, place fans on the lower level and aim the air up toward the ceiling to dry the subfloor and flooring from underneath. You can also open the windows to bring in more moving air, yet you should not do this when it is raining outside as you don't want the extra humidity to enter.


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