The dangers of a moldy couch
Water damage can wreak havoc to upholstered furniture like couches. (Photo Credits)
An episode of water damage in a home, can have endless repercussions when left unaddressed, or addressed inappropriately. Usually, furnishings like the couch can be a casualty in the indoor flooding scene as it can be wet from the water damage, and retain that moisture. Moisture is ever good for any upholstered furnishing simply because it makes it a breeding ground for molds. And when there is molds, allergies and other health problems could not be far off.
So how does one get rid of molds in water damaged couches?
The Spruce.com says carefully evaluate first whether the damage (in this case mod damage secondary to indoor flooding) has impacted the state of the furnishing.
“Take into account the cost of the item in relation to the cost of restoration. Finally, you have to also take into account its sentimental value to you. You may want to keep and repair a family heirloom despite the damage. Set aside furniture that is beyond repair for evaluation for insurance claims. Upholstered furniture that has been sitting in water for too long may be hard to salvage as water can encourage the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew, all of which can have a long term bad effect on your health. Wood furniture that has become warped may also be difficult to save.”
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HowToCleanStuff.net meanwhile explained to its readers why time is of the essence when dealing with a mold issue in a furniture like the couch. Along with their explanation came an easy-to-follow tutorial on removing molds from the couch.
“Put on long sleeves and pants, preferably ones that you wouldn’t mind discarding afterward.² Also wear gloves and goggles. Wear a mask to prevent inhaling the mold spores², or you can use a respirator, available at a hardware store, instead of a mask. Take the furniture item outside and set it in direct sunlight. Sunlight will kill the mold and taking the item outside will also prevent the spread of mold within the house as you clean.”
The succeeding steps can be found here.
As for a leather couch, the website DoItYourself.com meanwhile came up with an explanation on how to remove molds from its leather surface. Read More Here
“When you need to clean a leather couch, combine half a cup of water with half a cup of rubbing alcohol. Dampen a clean cloth with this mixture and wipe the area affected by the mildew. Regularly rinse the cloth being used as well. Then, leave the area to dry and check whether any marks remain after you’re through. If you’re not in the clear, repeat the process and follow up by wiping the relevant area with clean water.”
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Removing molds from the couch can be challenging, but it is doable. For those that may be too stubborn, fmold removal professionals can definitely be of help.