Saving Water Damaged Furniture

People tend to fill their homes with various things that bring them comfort. So it can be quite disheartening when water invades our homes. Whether it be from flooding, rain water, or a busted pipe, when water comes in it can wreak havoc on our belongings. When that happens, we’re left with the tricky task of discerning which water damaged furniture can still be saved.

Whenever you’re faced with this task, always base your decisions on: the extent of the damage, the cost of the item damaged, its sentimental worth, and how much it would cost to get restored professionally.

Wood

Wooden furniture can be salved pretty well. However, it will depend on how long its been soaked or submerged in water. Wood often expands when it’s saturated in liquid then shrinks when it dries. This can be pretty damaging for wooden closets or cabinets when the joints often don’t fit as well because of the warping or swelling.

When there isn’t as much warping, affected panels of wood can be replaced–you can choose to replace it or even just straighten it out. A common issue with wooden furniture that has been exposed to water is the buildup of moisture. This can eventually lead to mold or mildew growing, if it isn’t cleaned fast enough.

It is important to make sure that any wooden furniture is taken out and be allowed to air out. Never put it under the sun–this is a common misconception about what wood needs to dry. Exposing wet wood to sunlight or overly warm weather will warp the material and you may end up with wood that’s twisted or bent out of shape. When it’s done drying, treating it with disinfectant and cleaning solutions will help keep mold away.

Annoyingly, wood does not have to be fully exposed to water to develop damage. When wooden furniture is damp, it may develop little white spots on it. These white spots can be removed with a mixture of half a cup of ammonia and half a cup of water. Take a damp rag and dip it in the solution. Rub lightly against the wood grain. It is important that you wipe the areas dry immediately after application.

Fabrics and Plush

It can be quite disconcerting when plush material like the sofa cushion and throw pillows are subject to water damage. It goes double for fabrics like rugs and curtains.

The rule is that if it’s anything that’s absorbent and porous, it’s best to toss it if you’re not willing to have it sent out for professional deep cleaning. Rugs and carpets can be cleaned but it depends on the type of water its been exposed to. If it’s relatively clean water like water from pipes or a busted dishwasher, you can hang them out to dry.

If it’s been exposed to dirty water like sewer water or flood waters, it can be quite dangerous for your to clean that yourself. It’s best to send that out for professionals to work on or brace yourself and let it go.

Upholstery

If you’re truly attached to that couch or love seat, time is not your friend. Water damage upon upholstery only gets worse the longer the furniture is submerged or waterlogged.

It’s crucial to get started on its drying process as soon as you are able. If there’s extensive exposure to water, it’s time to get professionals involved in the piece’s restoration.