If you recently experienced a flood, your floors are probably starting to show the effects. Even if you dried the water quickly, your hardwood floors might be showing signs of mold. Before replacing the floors, you can try cleaning up and removing the mold and mildew with these tips.

Scrub the Floors With Soap

The first step to removing mold from your hardwood floors involves cleaning and scrubbing the surface with warm water and regular dish soap. This is probably not going to remove all the mold, unless it is very recent. But you need to start with a clean surface before moving onto bleach. Fill a bucket with warm water and add enough dish soap to make it soapy. Use a scrub brush that is safe to use on hardwood surfaces. Scrub all areas where there is mold, rinsing the brush often and dipping it back into the soap. You don't want the mold spores to go back into the soapy water, so rinse it in clean water before getting more soapy water.

Clean the Floors With Bleach

Now that the top layer of mold has been scrubbed away, it is time to get a little deeper by using bleach. Rinse out your bucket and fill it with more water. Add a small amount of bleach to the water, aiming for about 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. You first want to wash the floors with the water and bleach solution using a mop. Rinse the mold spores from the mop and set it aside to dry. Now get your scrub brush and scrub the areas of mold using the same bleach and water solution. Really scrub well, so you can penetrate the top layers and remove all of the mold from the floors.

If you still see or smell mold and mildew, keep using the scrub brush, but add a little more bleach to the water. Remember that the more bleach you use, the more likely it is to lighten your wood. You may need to stain and refinish it after removing the mold. Once you are done cleaning the floors, rinse them thoroughly with clean water and let them dry.

Finish the Floors

After the hardwood floors have dried, you will need to sand the surface you scrubbed to make it smooth again. Sand it using a fine-grit sandpaper until it feels smooth. You will probably need to stain it at this point and let it dry once more. The bleach and scrub brush likely discolored parts of your floors. To find out more, contact a company like All Care.

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