Caught In A Flood? 4 Steps To Clean And Protect Your Flooring


Floods can destroy your home, especially if you don't get the water cleaned up fast enough. Unfortunately, you can't always get started on the clean-up right away. This is particularly true if you're out of town when the flood occurs. If you're flooring has been damaged in a flood, you'll need to act fast to neutralize the damage. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help restore your floors and rugs.

Open the Windows

Ventilation is the key to drying out your home and protecting your floors, especially if you have wood flooring in your home. Fresh air circulating through your home will help kill the mold spores that could be growing in your flooring. A nice breeze will also dry out the wood and help prevent rotting and curling. As soon as you get inside your home, open all the windows and leave them open for at least 48 hours.

Remove Standing Water

If your wood floors are covered in standing water, you'll need to get rid of the water as soon as you can. If you more than a few inches of water in your home, you should use a sump pump to remove it. However, if the water has already begun to evaporate, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of the water. Once the water has been removed, you should let the flooring air out for at least 24 hours.

Dry Your Rugs Out

If your decorative rugs have been exposed to flood waters, you'll need to dry them out before cleaning them. Placing them in the sun will dry out the fibers and kill any mold spores that have started growing. You can speed up the drying process and remove moisture from the fibers by sprinkling a small amount of baking soda over the surface of your rugs. Leave the baking soda on your rugs for about 24 hours before vacuuming the entire area.

Clean With Vinegar and Water

When you have the moisture removed from your hardwood floors and rugs, you'll want to give them a thorough cleaning. The good news is that you can use the same solution for your floors and rugs. A good cleaning with vinegar and water will remove any mold that might be waiting to cause odor and damage.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • Scrub brush
  • Soft mop


  1. Fill a bucket with warm water and add about 2 cups of white vinegar.
  2. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar.
  3. Mop your entire wood floor using the water and vinegar solution.
  4. Allow the floor to air dry.
  5. While your wood floor is drying, lay your rugs face down on a flat surface outside.
  6. Thoroughly saturate the back of your rugs with the vinegar solution.
  7. Allow your rugs to sit for about 15 minutes.
  8. Using your scrub brush, scrub the back of your rugs and allow them to air dry.
  9. Scrubbing your rugs will ensure that the mold spores have been neutralized.

Flood waters can wreak havoc on your floors and rugs. Use these simple steps to clean your flooring and prevent mold damage. For more information, contact companies like Western Skies Restoration Inc.


14 December 2015

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