How to Fix Water Damage on Hardwood Floors

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How to Fix Water Damage on Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are undeniably a beautiful investment, and they are easy to clean. The natural gleam of the wood gives off a sense of sophistication and quality. But sometimes things do not go as planned, and unfortunate things might happen, such as water damage. Avoid calling in the professionals and learn how to fix water damage on hardwood floors on your own. Here is how to do so:

  1. Dry the floor quickly and get rid of moisture in the room to prevent more damage. You can use dehumidifiers or fans to quicken the drying process.

  2. Look for any damages. See if there are warped sections or stains. Different damage require different ways of restoring the hardwood floor.

  3. For warped floors that stay warped after drying, you may need to do serious repairs. Remove the damaged wood. You can pull it out or cut the portion out with a saw. Once removed, install a matching piece.

  4. For stains, you will need some oxalic acid crystals. First, sand the stained area. Clean off any residue or dust. Combine the crystals with hot water. Brush the area with the solution. Wait for it to dry for a few minutes. Once dry, you can reapply if there are still stains.

  5. Once you have replaced damaged wood and removed all stains, sand the floor down to its original unpolished state. Doing this will give you an even tone later on. If not, you will see differences in tone where you fixed water damage.

  6. Clean the floor after sanding. Use a clean cloth or a tack cloth, or you can also vacuum to remove dust and debris.

  7. Stain the floor. Follow the natural grain and lines of the hardwood floor. Do it evenly in one direction. Let it off for about an hour.

  8. Apply a first coat of polyurethane. Let it dry for about six hours or more. Apply a second coat and let it dry again. Make sure that the room is well ventilated to avoid inhaling any harmful fumes.

Depending on the extent of damage, the steps on how to fix water damage on hardwood floors is moderately easy to do but will require a lot of your time and patience. However, if done right, you will be rewarded with beautiful hardwood floors for years to come.

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