Tips on Salvaging Your Wet Furniture

furniture caught in the flood

A flood is a one of a kind disaster that one cannot control. This disaster can come from something as simple as a leaking pipe in the basement or as natural as the annual storm. Whatever the cause, we all know that once it floods, anything and anyone that gets caught in its waves may suffer damages or injuries.

When a flood enters the premises of your home, your immediate reaction is to head to higher ground. During this state, your mind is so focused on getting to a safe place that you are given no time to save items, appliances, and furniture from the flood’s torrents. It is good to know, however, that items such as these can be easily replaced, but contents such as your furniture can still be saved if they did not sustain heavy damages.

Replacing or repairing your furniture after floods can be expensive. This does not have to be the case, however, if you are dealing with drenched furniture. Since your furniture is still practically standing, all you need to do is to remove the liquid it has absorbed.

In your home, you have furniture that can be made from very different materials. Having been made differently means that, when it comes to getting it dried, there are also different methods to be used. Here are a few tips on drying your drenched furniture, depending on the material it is made out of.

Preparing the Process

In order to maximize your time and strength, you must immediately remove your furniture out of the afflicted area. Next, separate the salvageable furniture from the ones that are beyond repair. By doing so, you will avoid trying to save furniture that could no longer be used. Once you have chosen which furniture to salvage, you may now begin the drying process.

Drying Upholstered Furniture

Upholstered furniture should only be saved if it has slightly been soaked in the flood. If your upholstered furniture has absorbed too much liquid, the wisest choice is to throw it away.

In order to retain enough of your upholstered furniture’s features, you must separate the colored fabrics and other colored items to avoid color bleeding. After that, it should be completely dried in order to prevent mold and mildew from manifesting in and on your furniture.

To do this, you must:

  • Remove its coverings and have them washed.
  • Throw away the old stuffing and have them dried or fumigated. You may also have it replaced with other padding materials other than cotton.
  • Wipe off the springs and the frame of the furniture. Dry all its metal parts and paint them with rust-inhibiting paint. You should also oil the springs during this step.

Drying Mattresses

The guidelines for drying your mattresses are similar to those for upholstered furniture. Depending on how much water it has absorbed will determine if the furniture piece, such as a mattress, can or cannot be saved.

To completely dry your mattress, you may place it under the sun, as long as it does not touch the ground. An electric fan can also quicken the drying process.

Drying Wood Furniture

Among the different types, wood furniture is more durable and can sustain most damages caused by floods. To clean and dry your wood furniture, you must remove the liquid by blotting the furniture’s surface. In the event of mud and dirt found present on the furniture, hose it down and place it in a ventilated place out of the sun. Drying your furniture under the sun may cause its wood to warp.

In some situations, your furniture can release a very distinct odor. This smell indicates that your furniture is harboring mildew and needs to be dealt with immediately.

If you are having difficulty with drying and removing the odor of your furniture, or restore your damaged family heirlooms and antiques, it is best to call in the professionals.

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