How to dry wet wood floors

Wood floors are typically an expensive flooring option that will increase the value of your home. Care must be taken to prevent damage to your wood floors. Unfortunately, circumstances--such as a busted pipe, leaky roof or flood--may arise that put your wood floors at risk. Excess water that is allowed to sit on wood floors for an extended period of time may cause the floors to become warped or create white cloudy stains and spots. It is important to dry your wet wood floors as soon as possible to prevent damage to your floors.

Use a soft, terry cloth mop to absorb as much of the water as possible. Wring the water out of the mop into a bucket when the mop becomes soggy. Continue soaking up as much water as possible with the mop.

Open doors and windows to help circulate the air in the room. Point fans in the direction of the wood floors to speed up the drying process.

Run a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. Not only will this help prevent mould from growing on your damp, wood floors but it will also help dry out the wood floors.

Place several soft towels on the wood floor. Apply pressure with your hands or feet to absorb water. When the towels become damp, replace with dry towels.


Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove large puddles of standing water from your wood floors.


Do not use heaters to dry out your wood floors. Direct heat can cause irreversible damage to your wood floors.

Things You'll Need

  • Terry cloth mop
  • Bucket
  • Fans
  • Dehumidifier
  • Towels
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.