Recovering furniture after a flood is important to protect your family and also prevent further damage. Flood water can damage furniture in several ways that is why it is suitable to act immediately the destruction occurs. Staining, cracking and even slitting are some of the damages that can result due to floods. Before the restoration process make sure to a plan on t being refurbished. This will help you save on time, value and cost of restoration.
The following are some of the methods of restoring flood damaged furniture
Upholstered furniture soaks up contaminants from flood water; hence it should be thoroughly wiped and dried. It may be somewhat impossible to salvage upholstered furniture if has been badly soaked. However it is worth trying your luck especially when the pieces are valuable. You can start by first wiping off springs and frames. Also remember to dry the metal parts to prevent rusting and store the pieces that are made of wood where they will dry out fast. Consequently you will also need to oil the springs and also clean the frames.
Wooden furniture can be best restored through slow drying and repair. It is necessary to remove as many removable parts as possible. After removing the movable parts you can then clean mud or dirt using a damp cloth. This will fasten the drying process and reduce the time used in the restoration process. In case of any further damage you can consult an expert who will help you put together the damaged pieces together. Some items may also require repainting for them to look as good as new and presentable.
Mold and mildew
Mold and mildew may leave stains or even make the fabric rot when left to grow after a flood. Mold and mildew not only leads to furniture destruction but is also a health hazard. Use a brush or vacuum to draw out mold from the furniture. If the mold or mildew persists and the furniture material or fabrics are washable you can use a damp cloth to wipe off the spots. Make sure to add a detergent so that it becomes easier to remove the dirt. If the molds have grown deep into the furniture it is advisable to take the furniture to a cleaning company for thorough drying and fumigation.
It is necessary to use a brush and water to remove soil trapped on the furniture. Soil can cause stubborn stains that may make the furniture fabrics look bad. Thus the faster you act the better; this will reduce the absorption of the soils deep into the fabrics which may cause irreparable damage.
To conclude, restoring furniture after a flood is greatly dependent on the extent of damage. The value of some pieces may be intrinsic or sentimental. Therefore, those are the pieces that should be put first in the restoration list. A restoration basically helps you keep track of you items and know what you have restored and what still needs attention.