Last night we left a window open and a fair bit of rain came in and sat on
our hardwood floor for a few hours. Luckily there was a small carpet in
there which managed to soak up alot of the water, but still there was a
puddle (about 2 feet in diamter) in front of the window. The floors are at
least 20-25 years old, and the boards are the narrow style (about 1-1/2 to 2
inches wide). I wiped up all the water I could but am worried about what
will happen when the water dries. Are there any other steps I can take to
prevent any visual damage (cupping?) - or is it now just a wait and see
Being patient is the best bet, you can use a dehumidifier in the room if
you like. If the floor swells & cups it shouldn't be too bad and once
the humidity level returns to normal it's likely you won't even notice
the spot at all (it can take longer than you think). If it drives you
crazy & you have to do something to it make sure you wait until the
moisture level is stable in regard to the rest of the flooring (buy or
borrow a pin type moisture meter to check).
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