Water is the enemy of laminate and hardwood flooring. Due to the porous nature of wood, moisture can be easily absorbed into the material and cause costly damage. When exposed to water, the wet floor may begin to buckle and cup when water is absorbed as the planks swell. You may think that because the wood has been sealed and waxed, water will not have any effect however while sealers and waxes are designed to add more water-resistant benefits to wood flooring, they can't completely prevent moisture from being absorbed. .