Apart from damaging the actual structure of your property, flooding can also affect your furniture. When conducting water damage repairs in Coconut Creek, FL most flood restoration companies will also recommend that you assess your furniture thoroughly. Some pieces of furniture may be salvageable, while others will need to be replaced to avoid the spread of rot, damp and mold.
Here’s the best way to assess and salvage different types of furniture after a flood:
Furniture that is made entirely out of wood usually fares the best during a flood, as it dries out more quickly and is less prone to mold. Stand your wooden furniture in a well-ventilated area away from the sun to help it dry out more quickly, and wipe it down thoroughly. You should remove any draws and cupboard doors to speed the process up. If wooden furniture has been submerged in water for a long period of time, check the joints as they might need re-gluing.
Only begin repairing and restoring once wooden furniture is completely dry. Use turpentine or a mixture of equal parts household ammonia and water to clean white mildew. Solid wood furniture can be restored fairly easily once it is dry. Simply use a wood restorer that contains lanolin to bring it back to life. Be careful with veneers, as these can lift as a result of being submerged in water. Often the core material used for wooden veneer furniture is poor quality and highly porous (for example chipboard). These will warp as they dry and it is probably best to replace, rather than try to salvage.
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Upholstered furniture gets damp quickly even if not submerged in water, and is very difficult to dry. If you are looking at salvaging sofas and other soft furnishings, you will need to weigh up the costs of replacing rather than restoring, perhaps only opting to salvage if the damage is not extreme or if there is antique value.
An upholstered furniture is an ideal place for mold to begin growing. Mold can quickly spread, and is a health hazard and causes a lingering musty odor, so you need to ensure that you are able to thoroughly dry the furniture. For mild damage or dampness, place the furniture in the sun or in a well-ventilated area. It may help to use dehumidifiers or heaters to speed the drying process up.
For best results, water damage restoration of upholstery can be carried out by professionals. They will have the expertise to strip the furniture down and replace any parts that have no hope of drying out.
Mattresses and bedding
As with upholstery, mattresses are difficult to dry out due to the fact that fabric and stuffing soak up water very quickly. Damp mattresses are notorious breeding grounds for mold. Mattresses and bedding should only be salvaged if they have not been completely submerged in water. Bedding can usually simply be washed and dried as per normal, so long as it has not been submerged for too long and mold has already begun to grow.
To help a mattress dry out more quickly, you should suspend it on blocks or boxes above the ground and place it in the sun, with the wettest side up. If once the mattress appears dry, there is still a musty odor, you will need to have it professionally cleaned. If after professional cleaning the odor remains, this is a sign that mold is growing in the mattress and it should be discarded.
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