People choose furniture that reflects their style. They also like to choose furniture that will last but, what do you do when your furniture has unexpected water damage? How do you restore water damaged furniture?
Before beginning the process, you will want to decide if the furniture is worth restoring because the restoration process can be expensive and time consuming so if it’s cheaper to replace the furniture than that may be the best option. Also depending on the extent of the damage the furniture may not be restoration worthy.
Once you have determined the value of the furniture as well as the extent of the damage, the next step is to determine what kind of water caused the damage. There are three types of water; sanitary, unsanitary and black water. Sanitary water is clean water that is either from a pipe burst or a leak in the roof. If you experience major water damage, this is the kind of water you will want to hope for because it means that the water is free of contaminates and can be removed from the furniture without needing disinfectants. Unsanitary water is any type of water with a contaminant. A contaminant can be dishwater or urine. This type of water requires and disinfectant and depending on the material of the furniture, you may not want to attempt to clean the furniture as the smell of the contaminant may stick around. Black water contains fecal matter and anything damaged by this type of water is typically deemed not repairable due to the level of contamination.
To begin the water damage restoration process, start by moving the furniture to a hot and dry location. Take care to make sure that the location is not too hot as the wet wood can become compromised and begin to crack under the extreme heat. If you find that the wood has white spots on it, they can be buffed out with a mixture of toothpaste and water. The mixture is buffed on with a cloth and then rubbed off. If you notice black spots in the wood, this typically means that the water has seeped through and that mildew has begun to form. In that case, the finish needs to be stripped and the wood bleached and then it can be refinished.
Of course, it’s always advised to hire professionals if you are unable to restore water damaged furniture.