After the Flood- Ways to Salvage Furniture
A water damage can be devastating. Whether a few inches of water filled your home or the flood was on a large scale, filling your home, once you’re back, you’re faced with the task of salvaging. The good news is that most solid wood furniture can be salvaged after water damage. Here are some simple steps from SERVPRO to follow after a water damage to salvage your furniture:
After any flood, it’s wise to take photos of the damage done to your home for insurance purposes. You can take general photos and then closeup pictures of your furniture and the most damaged areas.
Flood waters often come along with mud and dirt. Wipe your furniture down with a soft cloth or brush. Try not to rub in the dirt, instead use soft strokes to gently brush dirt away. You may need to use water to get any dirt that’s really stuck on to come off. Then, dry your furniture using a dry cloth.
Dry it Out
You need to try to dry out your furniture as soon as possible. Keep it in a shaded area as the sun can cause the wet wood to crack and warp. If you still have a bit of water in your home or your floors are wet, use bricks or blocks to hold your furniture up off of the floor. You can set up fans or dehumidifiers to help keep the air moving and speed up the drying process. Avoid using any sort of heat (hair dryers, irons) to dry your furniture as this will damage the wood.
To help your furniture dry out more quickly, open any cabinet doors and remove drawers. These may be stuck due to the wood swelling from the water. If they’re stuck, don’t force them out, but check them regularly as the swelling reduces so that you can eventually remove them while drying completes.
Manage Mold and Mildew
Unfortunately, the damp environment created by the flood water is the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Mildew and mold spores are everywhere and begin to take hold whenever they find a nice, moist, warm environment. So, keep an eye on your furniture while it’s drying. If your furniture has been damp for more than about 48 hours, it’s likely you’ll deal with some mildew or mold. You’ll need to clean it off using a cloth dampened with a mild, soapy water solution. Alternatively, you can mix up some white vinegar and water, spray it on your furniture and then wipe it down.
For any of your water damage or mold remediation needs, give SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan a call at 989-705-2400!