What to Do if Water Gets Under the Laminate Flooring?
While traditional laminate flooring does not have a waterproof surface, liquids do not immediately penetrate it. The top layer of the floor is designed to be water and spill-resistant. But that doesn't mean subfloor water isn't a problem. The moisture underneath must be dried quickly; otherwise, it would lead to significant issues such as subfloor and mold damage.
Here's what you can do in case the water gets under the laminate flooring:
- Clean moisture from the surface
- Turn on the heat
- Remove the flooring
- Dry the wet flooring with a dehumidifier or large fan
- Clean the base layer
- Dry and disinfect the subfloor and floorboards
- Reinstall everything back
The best way to tell if laminate flooring is waterproof is to check the product's specifications. Waterproof laminate flooring will be labeled as such, while water-resistant laminate flooring will not.
The level of waterproofing in laminate flooring varies from product to product. Some are completely waterproof, while others are only water-resistant. When shopping for laminate flooring, ask about the product's waterproofing capabilities.
Water-resistant laminate flooring protects against spills and splashes, but it's not impervious to water. If you have laminate flooring in a bathroom or kitchen, wipe up spills as soon as they happen. And, if you live in an area prone to flooding, water-resistant laminate flooring is a good option.
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