Christmas tree stand leaked

Q: I just removed my Christmas tree and found out the Christmas tree stand leaked and caused swelling along a seam in my 3/4″ engineered hardwood plank. Is there anything I can do to make the swelled boards go back to their original state?

A: Just leave it alone, exposed to air and heat. Hopefully, as it dries it will shrink. It might leave a small gap which can be filled with color match filler sold in tubes and jars.

Christmas tree left a discolored circle

Related Q: I cleaned up my Christmas tree today and discovered that there is a discolored circle where my Christmas tree was sitting. Any ideas on if it’s possible to repair this with wax, stain or something else?

A: What is your floor finished with? And is it stained a darker color than ‘natural’? A wax finish will leave a white mark from spills. If this is the case you can try wiping the spot with some alcohol. Use very fine steel wool if needed. Tinted wax can also be used.

Christmas tree left a translucent mark on the laminate floor

Related Q: We just got rid of our Christmas tree and where we watered it’s soaked into the stump that was holding it. It left a white translucent mark on our laminate flooring. Do you know how we can get rid of it?

A: This should be a residue (we hope) sitting on the laminate surface. If you have some hardwood floor cleaner I would wipe it down with that. I’ve seen Bona Kemi cleaner at Home Depot.

Christmas tree leaked and the floor has bubbled up

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We have just moved into a house that had 2 year old wood laminate flooring in perfect condition. Last week, our cat knocked over the Christmas tree and the water seeped into the floorboards while we were at work. When my husband came home hours after this happened, he mopped it up but it was too late.

There are 3 places where the floor has bubbled up. Is there any way to fix this without replacing the whole living room floor? (And is it true that with time it will go down more?)

A: I don’t believe the panels will go back to normal, though I have seen solid hardwood do so. You will likely have to remove and replace the floor from where it is damaged to the nearest wall. I am not a big fan of these floors. The manufacturers always tell you how easy they are to install. They don’t tell you about the nightmare if you have do slide it underneath cut off door casings. Torly’s probably makes the best such products, and claim that their joint resists water penetration for up to 5 days.

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