Fixing Water Damage On Upholstered Furniture

A finished basement is an excellent way to increase your living space, until a flood happens. It can come from a burst pipe or groundwater seepage from too much rain or over-saturation in the surrounding soil. Salvaging your belongings is usually fairly straight-forward – most items with hard surfaces can be dried, textiles can be washed, and paper items are usually garbage. The issue comes with upholstered furniture, which can't be washed in a machine. The following guide outlines some of the steps taken to restore upholstered furniture after water damage.

Act Fast

One of the first things you can do to try and salvage the furniture is to move it out of the flooded area as soon as possible. This means cutting electricity to the basement to avoid electric shocks, and then carrying the furniture upstairs or outdoors. You can generally save the upholstery yourself if it isn't soaked through to the padding – in other words, if it is only damp. Simply allowing it to dry and then removing water stains with an upholstery cleaner may do the trick.

Call In a Water Extractor

For furniture that has really soaked up the water, a water restoration company may be able to quickly extract the bulk of the water in the upholstery and padding. The key is to act fast so that mold and mildew spores don't begin growing inside the furniture. They will use a high-powered vacuum machine to extract the excess moisture from the furniture. They will then clean the upholstery to remove water stains.

Strip It Down

If the furniture has been soaked too long and mold is already an issue, or if it's obvious that upholstery can't be cleaned sufficiently after drying, you may still be able to save the piece. A restoration expert will strip off all the padding and upholstery, and then replace it with new. This can be an expensive process, so it is best reserved for antiques or one-of-kind pieces that can't be easily replaced.

Tackle the Wood

Only after the upholstery has been determined as salvageable or replaceable should the issues with the wood be attended to. Water damage to wood generally affects the finish – moisture seeps through and causes a white bloom. This simplest way to fix this is to strip the finish, allow the wood to dry completely, and then refinish it with the stain and sealer of choice.

These methods are only suitable for clean flood waters, such as those from a water main leak. Flood waters from natural disasters or sewage leaks, which could contain harmful elements, require thorough disinfection and should be carried out by a water restoration company to make your furniture sanitary again. For more information, contact a company like All Care.