When I was away over Christmas one of my idiot flatmate’s friend vomited on the floor. It’s a manufactured hard wood floor. It looks clean but it smells.
He said he’d tried everything and all kinds of bleaches. I’ve done the Baking Soda and vinegar routine 3 times. I think there is still a hint of it left though. The alignment of the boards isn’t amazing and I think they spread it further when they tried to mop it up because they are idiots.
Any advice on what to do next. Could a wax seal the smell off or is there a timeline when it’ll just go away?
Without going too deep into the science of it, the equilibrium moisture content of the wood is the point at which the % moisture content of the wood is roughly equivalent to that of the air.
You need to soak a piece of wood in water for a significant period of time for it to be seriously affected- otherwise the water simply evaporates into the air, first the free water, then the bound water until the equilibrium moisture content is reached.
When I build an acoustic guitar I soak the wood extensively in water to make the sides easier to bend on a bending iron.
It dries out just fine- within a day or so.
The main issue could be removing the finish from all the scrubbing, which leaves the wood unfinished and then potentially more prone to warping, but that will take years (or perhaps not happen at all).
Yes, you’re right- it depends what the lower layers are made out of.
Sometimes they are actually fine- strand bamboo, for example makes a good base that isn’t so prone to swelling also very strong, virtually indestructible.
If it is really cheap stuff then it will be lignin based and actually more likely to be straw or sugar cane residue (so vegetable fibre, not real wood)- they will be a real problem if it gets too wet.
I think the secret is to keep the idiot flatmate & chums off the laminate floor, do you have outdoor space for a kennel?
Back in my uni days, one of my idiot housemates threw up dramatically all opver himself and down the hall the led to both of our rooms - despite endless mopping it stank (it was carpet, so harder to clean than laminate) for a while but the smell just went away on its own after that i think.
I did have to sleep with the bedroom window open for a week though - in sheffield, in january
I have some special floor cleaning stuff for mopping wooden floors at home - no acid or bleach and it smells nice and orangey. I too have a housemate who’s sick on the floor but she’s only 5 months old so I don’t take it personally.
The smell seems to be gone now after 3 applications of Baking Soda followed by vinegar. It’s worth keeping that stashed in your house if vomiting is an issue. I think it’s most effective if you get on it straight away.