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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Clean, Dry, Repair and Disinfect Furniture

By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff

Learn how to clean, dry, repair, and disinfect furniture after water damage. Control environmental conditions, prevent mold, and salvage furniture using simple methodsIf your furniture has been affected by water damage, it is recommended to hire a restoration professional to help with restoring it as the main part of the restoration process is drying out the furniture completely to prevent mold, and this task often requires the right knowledge, experience, and tools.

Depending on the extent of the damage, water damaged furniture may be salvaged. There are a few factors you will have to consider when trying to determine whether the damaged item is worth salvaging.

Value

Salvaging furniture may be expensive, so before you decide to try and salvage it, assess its value. Try to estimate the item's price and how much will it cost to replace this item.

While some furniture can be easily replaced, some have a sentimental value or simply are to rare to replace. Antiques are a good example of the type of furniture that cannot be replaced.

Damage Extent

If the furniture has been submerged in flood water and heavily soaked, it may be impossible to salvage. On the other hand, if the furniture has endured only mild water damage, it may be worth the effort to dry and clean it.

Water Type

If your water damage is caused by clean water, it may be dried and salvaged while if the damage is caused by contaminated water, such as flood water or sewage, it may not be able to be properly disinfected or restored.

Materials

While some materials are more water resistant and can survive almost any type of water damage, other materials are extremely sensitive and vulnerable and may suffer badly even when exposed to only a slightly damp environment.

Consider material durability when prioritizing the order in which you will salvage your furniture.

Please refer to our article on what to keep and what to discard to get a better understanding of what materials can and cannot be salvaged.

Salvage and Restoration Techniques

The following guides will provide useful information on how to clean, dry, repair, and disinfect furniture based on the different materials from which they are made.

Recommended Reading:
Clean, Dry, Repair and Disinfect Wood Furniture
Clean, Dry, Repair and Disinfect Veneer Furniture

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