In short — no! Especially if a flood caused you to move out for a period of time, it can be tempting to let your floors dry naturally. But unfortunately, that’s one of the worst things you can do for both your home’s health and your wallet, as wet floors weaken the structure of your home and breed mold.
This is how to clean...
Using towels, mops, and a wet vacuum, the first thing you should do is soak up as much water as possible. Even if you can’t see any water left on the floor, continue using the wet vac and laying dry towels down.
Then, while it may sound strange to add liquid to a floor you just spent the day drying, you need to disinfect the floor and kill any bacteria lurking in the wood. Using a gentle scrub brush or clean mop, apply wood floor cleaner to your floor and mop like you would regularly. Then, once again, use the wet vac to dry it.
If you have tile floors, you’re in a bit of luck! Because tile doesn't allow water to seep into it, tile is the easiest to clean and dry. Similar to drying wood floors, you should first dry each tile with a clean towel and then mop it with a natural cleaner mixed with warm water. But because tiles are so resistant to water, you likely won’t have to use a wet vac at any point.
We’re sorry to say it, but if your carpets are completely saturated from a burst pipe, they’ll probably have to be ripped up entirely. Carpets are the worst defense against a flood, as they trap and lock moisture, bacteria, and mold easily. The best thing to do is to rip your carpet out as soon as possible and focus on drying the flooring underneath it.
What's one way you can avoid a flood from a burst pipe entirely? Have your home's plumbing inspected regularly for cracks and weak points!
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