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  • Writer's pictureBrady Grewe

Restoring Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

Updated: Jul 7

Refinished Hardwood Floors
Refinished Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors can be resilient, but water damage can wreak havoc. Hardwood floors can many times be restored to their former glory after water damage. The key is quick action and getting rid of the moisture as soon as possible. I have recently been involved in restoring two different hardwood floors. The first was cleaned up immediately and was able to be patched and refinished. The other was wet for a significant amount of time and had to be torn up and redone. This article will be focusing on traditional hardwood floors that can be sanded down and refinished. 

The Resilience of Hardwood

Hardwood floors add timeless beauty and elegance to any home, but they are not immune to the effects of water damage. Whether from burst pipes, flooding, or leaks, water intrusion can cause warping, cupping, and discoloration, leaving your hardwood floors in need of urgent attention. Let's explore the process of restoring hardwood floors after water damage and reclaiming the natural beauty of your home's flooring.

1. Assessment and Damage Identification:

The first step in restoring hardwood floors after water damage is to assess the extent of the damage. Inspect the affected areas for signs of warping, cupping, staining, or buckling. Identify any areas where water may have seeped beneath the surface and compromised the integrity of the wood. This thorough assessment will guide the restoration process and ensure that no hidden damage goes unnoticed.

2. Drying and Moisture Removal:

Effective drying is crucial for preventing further damage and mold growth in water-damaged hardwood floors. Use high-powered fans, dehumidifiers, and specialized drying equipment to remove excess moisture from the wood and subflooring. Ensure proper ventilation to promote airflow and expedite the drying process. Monitor moisture levels regularly to prevent mold and mildew from taking hold.

3. Sanding and Refinishing:

Once the hardwood floors are thoroughly dried, sanding and refinishing may be necessary to restore their appearance and smoothness. Sand away any surface imperfections, stains, or discoloration caused by water damage. Choose a high-quality wood stain and finish to match the original color and sheen of the flooring. Apply multiple coats of finish for durability and protection against future water damage.

4. Prevention and Maintenance:

After restoring water-damaged hardwood floors, it's essential to take proactive measures to prevent future damage. Address any underlying issues that contributed to the water damage, such as plumbing leaks or inadequate moisture barriers. Implement routine maintenance practices, such as regular cleaning and inspection, to preserve the beauty and integrity of your hardwood floors for years to come.

5. Professional Restoration Services:

In cases of severe water damage or extensive hardwood floor restoration, it may be advisable to seek professional assistance. Renew by Grewe Restoration offers expert hardwood floor restoration services, utilizing advanced techniques and equipment to effectively repair and restore water-damaged flooring. Our team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring your hardwood floors look their best and stand the test of time.

Restoring the Beauty of Hardwood

Water damage can be devastating to hardwood floors, but with the right knowledge and techniques, restoration is possible. By following these steps and enlisting the help of professionals when needed, you can restore the beauty and resilience of your hardwood floors and enjoy them for years to come.

Warm regards,

Brady Grewe


Renew by Grewe Restoration


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