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Is Hard Surface Flooring Ruined After Flooding In Little Rock?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

water damage white sofa Floodwaters can cause significant harm to hard surface flooring.

Flood Damage Can Cover Floors in Grime and Debris. SERVPRO Technicians Can Strip Dirty Floors to Remove Dirt, Grime, and Contamination from your Little Rock Home.

When is stripping a floor necessary?
After pumping excess floodwater from your Little Rock home, there may be a significant buildup of contamination that causes unpleasant odors and could be unsanitary. Sometimes lamination or other types of finish can react negatively to water exposure. These can result in a patchy finish that remains even after the floor is clean. SERVPRO technicians aim to return your home to a preloss condition, which may require stripping a hard surface floor, cleaning it thoroughly, then refinishing the affected area to provide a smooth appearance. The process can be time-consuming and is not always necessary. However, when contamination in floodwaters has high acidity levels or chemicals, we may decide to strip the floor to achieve a full restoration.

How can I strip hard surface flooring safely?
When we restore a home from flood damage in the Little Rock area, our priority is on preparation and safety. We may need to temporarily move furniture as well as honing the previous finish using mechanical agitation. Our roto machines can be fitted with a stripping pad attachment to help hone the existing finish. Once clean, we can apply a uniform stripping solution. Since these use powerful abrasive chemicals, it is essential to wear protective equipment over the face and eyes. After rinsing, cleaning, and drying the floor with fresh water, we can apply a neutral cleaning solution to neutralize the stripping agent.

What tips should I use when stripping hard surface floors?
- Ensure that dirty solutions do not dry onto the floor surface
- Remove any excess materials from baseboards or wall corners with a putty knife
- Check to rinse by running a finger along the floor. If there is a white powder, you need to re-rinse

Floodwaters can cause significant harm to hard surface flooring. Contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723.

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