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Restoring Your Hardwood Floors After Water Damage.

Are you dealing with the aftermath of a busted pipe or appliance malfunction in your home? Many homes need emergency hardwood floor water restoration service after there has been flooding.

To keep your hardwood floor from experiencing more damage, it needs to be restored as soon as possible. Restoration is usually less expensive and less invasive than having the floor replaced.

The Carpet Center in Conway, Ark. offers water restoration services certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, and The Clean Trust. Here are a few things you should know about restoring your hardwood floors.

How Often Do Hardwood Floors Need Restoration Work?

If your hardwood floor has been installed for more than 12 years, there is a good chance you should consider getting it restored.

Some experts recommend restoring your hardwood floors every 10 years all the way to every 30 years. It depends on how well the floor is cared for on a daily basis.

Most homeowners can tell when their hardwood floors needs to be restored. Signs include the following:

  • Lack of shine. If you see your floor every day, you will have a harder time noticing the shiny characteristic of your floor fade away year over year. Ask someone who hasn’t seen the floor in a while if they notice a difference.
  • Scratches. This one is pretty obvious. The scratch, or scratches, that indicate that your floor needs to be restored are deep enough to expose the wood underneath the sealant.
  • Furniture marks. If you move your furniture out of the room, can you still tell where each piece goes? If the answer is yes, it might be time to get the floor restored.

A properly restored hardwood floor can be 60 years old and still look good as new.

Refinishing vs. Replacing.

The Carpet Center is certified by the IICRC because we know how important proper care is to the longevity of your beautiful hardwood flooring.

To restore a hardwood floor after water damage, we sand down the old sealant and damage, patch up damaged areas, and re-apply a new sealant. The process can take a week or so to allow the sealant to properly dry and bond with the floor. When our team is finished, we want the quality of your hardwood floor to be the last thing you worry about.

The process is much less invasive to your home, than replacing the floor. Restoration is not major construction. It is also less expensive because you are only paying for the labor and equipment, not new flooring—boards only need to be replaced where there is significant damage.