There are three methods for drying wood floors. It is possible to use more than one method simultaneously to dry quicker and more effectively. When drying wood floors, it is imperative that you monitor diligently as over-drying can occur. Even after drying, it can be possible for the floor to need refinishing. It is not generally recommended to dry a wood floor with either an LGR or conventional dehumidifier alone.
Method One Using a Panel System
1. Set up a drying system containment area around the room with the water loss.
2. Install your dehumidifier.
3. Install your panel drying system, making sure your panels are no more than 3-6 inches apart going against the flue and 12-36 inches apart with the flue. This will depend on the construction of the wood floor and which panel system you are using.
4. Tape the panels to the floor using preservation tape.*
5. Monitor moisture content frequently by using a penetrating meter with a hammer probe (slide hammer). Make sure you are checking at all levels, including the sub floor.
*Although preservation tape is designed not to leave a residue, the adhesion is very strong to most surfaces. As with any adhesive, it is possible that the top layer of paint or finish can come off painted surfaces or woods. Clean the area thoroughly and test a small spot before applying it to the entire surface. Preservation tape is NOT recommended for usage longer than 60 days. An adhesive residue will result.
Method Two: Using a Heat Drying System
Method Three: Using a Desiccant Dehumidifier
Pro Tip: If possible, dry the top and bottom of the affected area at the same time, using method one for the top and method two or three for the bottom.
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