What to Do When Your Furniture Gets Water Damage

What to Do When Your Furniture Gets Water Damage

Floods aren’t fun. Whether by an act of nature, or caused by a plumbing malfunction in your home, the results can be devastating. Once the water recedes, there is so much to do starting with sifting through your furniture to decide what can be salvaged and what has to go. Before tossing out your couch and other pieces made with stuffing and material, consider taking a few initial steps to salvage them with the help of upholstery cleaning service in Boulder. 

Collect Supplies

You’ll need plenty of supplies to address the water damaged furniture in your home. You also need to get the air moving through the house to begin drying up the moisture. Open all the doors and windows, and bring in as many oscillating fans as you can put in each room of your house, assuming the electric outlets are still safe to use. Gather a bucket, bleach, boots and gloves, a general household cleaner and a disinfectant cleaner of your choice. 

Strip Furniture Down to the Frame

For upholstered furniture, you’ll need to start by stripping it down to the frame. Remove the cushions from the base. Remove and wash the cushion covers if possible. Allow the free flowing air to dry out the base as much as possible. 

Dilute one quarter cup of bleach in one gallon of water. With a cloth that’s been well-rung, wipe down the surface of the couch base to kill any mold or mildew that’s already started to grow. If the weather outside it warm and offers plenty of sunshine, consider dragging the base, and coverless cushions, outdoors to speed up the drying process. 

Treat and Repair Wooden Frame

Check the wooden frame carefully on upholstered furniture. If the wood is swollen from the flood, you’ll need to give it time to dry out. You still want to wipe the surfaces down with your diluted bleach and water solution to kill any mold or mildew that’s already started to form. 

Once the wood is completely dry, perhaps days from now, you can use sandpaper to gently remove the water stains that might be left behind before restaining the wooden parts. If the upholstered pieces can be salvaged, you might get lucky and not have to replace the piece.  

Consult Professional Upholstery Cleaner for Repairs to Material and Cushions

Picking up the pieces after a household flood can be a significant challenge. In addition, many flood events aren’t covered by homeowner’s insurance policies leaving property owners to their own devices in terms of financing a cleanup and recovery. Sometimes, upholstered furniture would cost more to save than it would to just replace the piece with something new. In other scenarios, the piece may be irreplaceable, an antique or some other sentimental piece of furniture. 

In these scenarios, help is available. Consider engaging a full-service upholstery cleaning company in Boulder for help. These companies have specialized equipment that can restore your upholstered furniture to pre-flood condition. 

If you’re facing an after-flood cleanup, bring in help from Flat Irons Carpet & Hardwood Cleaning today to ease the burden and to salvage as much of your upholstered furniture as possible.