When water damage strikes your home, the consequences can be an ongoing, never ending nightmare. Whatever the source, the water can destroy your belongings and compromise your home with amazing speed. Long term consequences, such as bacteria, mold and mildew can even endanger your health.
Furniture is often one of the biggest casualties of flooding and damage, with water restoration serving as a way to salvage pieces you love. After all, our furniture isnâ€™t cheap and plays an enormous role in our home. The idea of having to simply get rid of it and replace it is not ideal.
So, we wanted to share some tips on how you can cleanup and save your furniture when itâ€™s affected by damage.
Some Quick Facts
First, before we share our tips, there are a couple of quick facts to bear in mind:
- Fact: just because a piece of furniture was not sitting in water does not mean it is free from damage. Too much moisture in the air can also cause damage, and you better believe that a flooded room results in too much moisture. Be prepared to perform water damage repair even on furniture not in standing liquid.
- Fact: you need to take pictures of everything for insurance claim purposes, including furniture that cannot be salvaged.
- Fact: upholstered furniture that has been soaked in water is rarely worth the cost to save it. It is especially prone to breeding bacteria, mold and mildew, requiring professional cleaning and repairs.Water damage repair on upholstered furniture is very intensive and expensive. Make sure the piece is really worth saving if you choose to hold on to it.
Okay, now that you are aware of those facts, here are our 6 tips for rescuing your furniture from water damage.
- Remove furniture from the wet area immediately to prevent further damage. Move it to a well-ventilated area, if possible.
- Inspect the furniture to identify what can undergo restoration and what canâ€™t As mentioned above, if you have upholstered furniture that has been soaked or sitting in standing water for even 24 hours or so, it will likely not be worth saving.For wood furniture, even if the veneers and joints are separating a bit, they can be glued back on. Only discard wood furniture if it is extremely warped and damaged.
- Cleanup and disinfect the furniture and apply a mold resistant product.Non-upholstered furniture that sat in flood water will almost certainly be contaminated with bacteria, and could develop mold and mildew if not cleaned, all of which are dangerous to your health.
For wood furniture, hose off the mud and contaminates and disinfect it with cleaner. If you see white mildew spots on the wood, you can clean them using a mixture of household ammonia and water or with turpentine (use safety gloves and only apply the cleaner in a well-ventilated area). Wipe it dry immediately.
For upholstered furniture, you can try household cleaners, but if you smell a musty smell, or know it has more severe damage, seek professional help.
- Dry it out. The best way to do this is to put the furniture in a well- ventilated area, suspended above the ground.If it is wood furniture, keep it out of the sunlight, as the sun could crack and warp the wood. Use towels and fans to dry it as quickly as possible. It is even a good idea to take the pieces apart to allow them to dry and shrink back to their proper size.
What About Other Water Damage?
Of course, water damages more than just your furniture. You may not know where to begin your water cleanup process. If that is the case, check out our blog on the Top 5 Best Water Damage Cleanup Practices to help get you started.
If youâ€™ve experienced flooding or water damage, you have a big project ahead of you. The nature this kind of damage is a serious threat not only to your belongings and your home, but to your health as well, so it is always best to call out the professionals.
If you live in the Aurora or Denver, CO area, you can give us a call for a free estimate on our water restoration and emergency services.
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