How to dry out a wet laminate floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Durability and low maintenance, along with a wide variety of design choices, make laminate flooring a favourite flooring choice. As with almost all construction materials, however, water is the enemy. Leaving water on your laminate flooring will cause irreversible damage, so you must remove it promptly to protect your floor. Removing water and moisture from your floor takes only a little time, a few tools and a bit of know-how.

Mop up all excess water. Go over the entire floor with your mop. Work slowly to remove as much water as possible. Wring out your mop into the mop bucket periodically so that the mop is as absorbent as possible.

Dry any remaining standing moisture with clean, dry rags. Soak up the water, and wring out the rags into your mop bucket. Dry the floor as thoroughly as possible in this manner.

Open all the doors and windows in the room to obtain the best possible air flow. Place a fan in one corner or doorway that points into the room, and turn it on. Place the other fan in another doorway or corner that points out of the room, and turn it on as well.

Allow the fans to blow through the room for 12 hours to completely dry out your floor. Disconnect the fans, and remove them from the room.


Fans are electrical appliances. Don't use fans in a place where the electric cable or the fan itself will come into contact with the water.

Things You'll Need

  • Mop
  • Mop bucket with wringer
  • Clean, dry rags
  • 2 Large fans
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After learning electronics in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He has worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States. Donahue has been a freelance writer since 2008, focusing his efforts on his beloved construction projects.