Tips&TricksFrom flooded losses to flawless panels: the unconventional iron-out-the-bumps remedy

From flooded losses to flawless panels: the unconventional iron-out-the-bumps remedy

Swollen panels can be ironed out.
Swollen panels can be ironed out.
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6:48 AM EST, January 1, 2024

Panel-covered floors look stunning but can be challenging to maintain, particularly when a low-quality product is purchased. Using excess water when cleaning the floors can significantly affect their appearance. If you notice bumps rising, there's a trick you can try to flatten them. However, remember that this method, like natural wood, might not work in every case.

Water and Panels are a Bad Combo

Areas of concern include spilled water, a puppy mishap, or a cracked pipe; these are enough to cause your panels to lift unpleasantly. This issue often happens with synthetic floors covered with laminate - they don't handle water well. Leaving water on them for an extended period can cause irremovable damage.

If your home predominantly features panel flooring, it could be worth investing in a particular steam mop, which uses minimal water. This can help you reduce the risk of bubbles forming at panel joints. However, if a problem still occurs, you can iron out the bulge.

The key is to use a hot iron to flatten the protruding surface. To carry out this task, you'll need to prepare several necessary items to avoid accidentally causing further harm to the floor. So, are you ready to do some ironing?

Ironing out Bubbles on Panels

Begin by cleaning the floor and ensuring it's scorched. Then, prepare a cotton dishcloth or towel to shield the floor from excessive heat. Ensure these aren't synthetic additives, as they can melt under heat. Heat the iron to a temperature suitable for cotton without adding water or using steam. Place the cloth on the panels and glide the iron gently across the floor. After a few minutes, the bumps should recede.

If this treatment doesn't yield the desired effect, you may have to consider replacing your flooring. This may motivate you to undertake the whole-house renovation you've contemplated for several years. In the future, react swiftly when water spills occur to avoid damaging your parquet. Also, consider switching to a different type of flooring that offers excellent moisture resistance.

Wet floor in the house
Wet floor in the house© Freepik | jannoon028
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