Dealing with water damage
Wooden furniture can sustain water damage during a flooding situation. (Photo Credits)
Water damage is a serious concern for any homeowner. It should be given professional attention as soon as possible to minimize the damage. But most homeowners though choose to prioritize the repair of their home structure first before proceeding to the repair of the water damaged furniture. And this poses a problem because the longer a wooden furniture goes untreated the heavier the damage it sustains.
The National Parks Service’s Conserve O Gram has published a guide on the urgent treatment that can be done on wooden furniture that has been soaked in flood waters. 24hr Water Damage Repair San Diego CA
“The first step is to move the objects from contact with water into an area where they can be cleaned and dried. Moving furniture, if not done carefully, can cause additional damage. Wood, upholstery, and wood finishes are more susceptible to damage in handling when they are water-soaked.”
Download the whole guide here.
NJ.com meanwhile shared what can be done on wooden cabinets that have been unexpectedly flooded. In their short guide, they came up with a step-by-step instruction on dealing with this a flood-damaged cabinet.
“Open all cabinet doors and remove drawers to allow fresh air to circulate. Liberally sprinkle baking soda inside the furniture to help absorb the moisture from the wood. Use a fan to blow air over the piece, or place furniture in a bathroom with a dehumidifier. Avoid drying furniture outside in direct sunlight which can cause wood to buckle and warp. Treat mold or mildew by wiping the piece with a mild solution of bleach: 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of warm water. Also try a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and warm water, which will kill the mold spores. Immediately wipe the piece dry.”
Read the rest on the steps here.
Warping on wooden furniture
DoItYourself.com also published its own version of guide on dealing with water damaged wooden home fixtures. In the guide they pointed out as well how to deal with possible problems on veneer.
“The furniture veneer may buckle or warp as a result of contact with water. To repair the damage, you can soak the veneer with a moisturizer until it lies down flat again. Wipe it dry and clean. Fill a syringe with veneer glue and stick the needle between the veneer and the body of the furniture. Empty the syringe slowly. Remove it and place a wood block on top of the veneer. Wait for the glue to dry. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the waiting period and remove the block.”
Check out the rest of their reminders here.
Saving water damage furniture can be possible as soon as these are dried out and treated as soon as possible.