If your dishwasher is leaking or your sink overflowed, the unruly water isn't only inconvenient, it can damage wood flooring as well. If you wait too long to remove the excess water, your wood floors may warp and become damaged. It will take a lot less effort and money to clean the mess up quickly rather than replace warped floorboards.

After removing the water, you will also need to disinfect the flooring, as wood is a natural material that is vulnerable to mold and bacteria growth, especially if you live in a warm, humid climate. 

Here are some steps to take to prevent a water accident from ruining your wood floors:

1. Remove the water from the wood floors as soon as you notice it. There are a few ways to extract the water from the flooring quickly and efficiently. The first option is by soaking it up with a large, absorbent towel. This method will work best for smaller spills on a limited area of flooring.

Simply place the towel on the floor and allow it to fully soak up the water. Squeeze the liquid into a bucket and repeat the process until all of the water is removed. If you're working on a larger area, you can use several towels at once. 

Another way to remove the water is by using a wet vac, which will quickly extract the water from the floors, suck it up through a hose, and deposit into a receptacle. If you don't own a wet vac, you can rent one from a home improvement store. Using a wet vac may be more efficient than the towel method as it's able to suction up water from the wood's small grooves and crevices as well. 

2. After getting all of the water off of the wood floor, it's time to disinfect it. Even though you have removed all of the water, some may been soaked up by the wood floorboards. One way to sanitize wood is by by mixing one cup of white vinegar with one gallon of water, and applying it to the floor with a mop. 

The all-natural vinegar has disinfectant qualities but is gentle enough to be used on all types of wood. Avoid using bleach or other harsh chemical cleaners, which can damage both natural and faux wood flooring. After you're done mopping, go over the flooring with a soft, absorbent cloth to remove all traces of moisture. 

3. Position a fan to blow directly onto the wood overnight to completely air-dry it.

To learn more about water damage cleanup contact a company like Complete Restoration Services