Water damage caused due to sewage backup or flooding can take a toll on your home’s property. Whether it’s your furniture or any artifacts or antiques, water damage can severely impact their aesthetic and functional aspects.
Can Water Damaged Furniture be Salvaged?
Whether or not you are able to salvage your furniture depends to a large extent on the severity of the damage and the duration for which it was exposed to water. It’s advisable that you take the help of a certified restoration professional to know which items can be salvaged. Attempts to do it yourself might cause further damage to the furniture. A restoration professional will inspect the damaged items and determine which ones can be restored or replaced. If the professional finds that some items can be restored, he will usually start with cleaning and drying the furniture.
The Restoration Procedure
The first and foremost steps in any restoration process is thorough cleaning of furniture. Professionals have years of experience in following the right cleaning methods to ensure there is no further damage to the furniture. After the item has been thoroughly cleaned, it’s time for drying it. It’s worthwhile to mentioned that some wooden items might take months to dry completely, so you need to be patient with the process.
DIY Water Damaged Furniture Restoration Tips
If the water damage isn’t extensive and only some of your wooden furniture has suffered minor damage, you can follow the below mentioned tips.
– Bring your furniture to a place where it can dry quickly. Placing your furniture in a room that’s warmer than the rest can expedite the drying process. However, don’t make the mistake of drying your furniture in your porch or garden which receives direct sunlight as it can cause wood to buckle, leading to further damage. Of course, this procedure will work only for furniture that is lightweight and easy to move.
– For heavy furniture or fixed furniture, it’s advisable to try to dry it at the place itself. For closets and kitchen cabinetry, it’s advisable to open the drawers to allow fresh air to speed up the drying process. You can also use baking soda to draw out the moisture from the surface of the wood.
– If you have a portable fan, you can use it to speed up the drying procedure. Quick circulation of air will help in drying out the surface.
– Water damage can lead to the formation of mold or mildew on the surface of the furniture. To remove it from the surface of the wood, you can use a mixture of warm water with bleach or vinegar. However, remember to gently swipe the surface as rigorous rubbing can cause further damage.
– You can also use a cleaner to remove any dirt and debris from the surface of the wood. However, not any cleaner will do – head to a hardware store near you and specifically ask for a cleaner that’s meant for these purposes.
These were a few tips on water damaged furniture restoration. Although these tips are for a DIY restoration, it’s always advisable to consult a professional water damage restoration provider if the damage is extensive or you aren’t too sure about how to deal with the situation.