We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Clean up Bathroom Water Damage?

Autumn Rivers
By
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Whether you have experienced a small leak or major flooding in your bathroom, you are likely anxious to get it cleaned up to prevent bathroom water damage. Fortunately, there are a few methods for drying the floor and helping to prevent long-term damage. The first step should be to find the source of the issue and stop the flooding, if possible. Then you need to start drying the area using absorbent household items, such as towels and mops. Some incidents require more attention, in which case you may need to either use special equipment or call a water damage specialist for help.

In some situations, the problem is apparent, and can be stopped immediately, such as an overflowing bathtub or sink. On the other hand, a toilet or sink leak may require you to either use a screwdriver to tighten a part, or stop up the source of the leak temporarily with a towel. You may need to put off fixing the issue for good until you have cleaned up the water in order to prevent bathroom water damage. Do not forget to remove any items from the floor that may be damaged by excess water, such as a rug or scale.

Once the water is no longer flowing, you should take several towels to soak up the excess water on the floor. You can also use a mop and bucket to do this, as any method that allows you to dry up the water quickly to avoid bathroom water damage is advised. If you have tile or laminate floors in your bathroom, try to prevent the water from escaping the area onto carpet, as carpet padding is quite easy to destroy with excess moisture. In general, your goal should be to dry up the water as fast as possible, as standing water may be soaked up into walls, resulting in mold.

If your bathroom floor is carpeted, you can still start with towels to soak up the excess moisture. Instead of using a mop, you might use a wet-dry vacuum to take some of the water out of the carpet, and then place small fans in the area in order to help it air dry. If the carpet does not seem to be drying very quickly, you should call a professional to avoid bathroom water damage. A water damage specialist can be used to help determine whether the area has been sufficiently dried, and whether long-term bathroom water damage, such as mold, is likely.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Autumn Rivers
By Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers, a talented writer for HomeQuestionsAnswered, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University. Her background in journalism helps her create well-researched and engaging content, providing readers with valuable insights and information on a variety of subjects.
Discussion Comments
By donasmrs — On Feb 01, 2013

How can I clean up water on the bathroom floor from overflowing toilet?

Towels are out of the question. Paper towels will not be enough. Time to call a water damage service?

By ysmina — On Feb 01, 2013

@feruze-- If it's water splashing from the shower, you can try spreading some old towels on the floor where it splashes before showering to prevent the tiles from absorbing the water and getting damaged.

This is only a temporary solution though. If you own the place and you know the source is the shower, the best solution is having shower doors installed.

I used to have this problem in an apartment I rented. The floors were carpet and a lot of water would splash out while showering even though I had a shower curtain. To avoid carpet water damage and getting charged for it by my landlord, I would lay out old bath towels all around the tub before I showered to absorb the splashing water. This worked fine for me.

By bear78 — On Jan 31, 2013

I just found out that some of the vinyl tiles in my bathroom have been damaged by water. I'm not sure of the source of the water so I haven't done anything yet to prevent more damage. I don't see any visible leakage and I think that the shower might be the culprit. I just see slight wetness around the tub. Perhaps water splashing while we shower?

What can I do about this?

Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers, a talented writer for HomeQuestionsAnswered, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University. Her background in journalism helps her create well-researched and engaging content, providing readers with valuable insights and information on a variety of subjects.
HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.