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Should Furniture Be Discarded After a Flood?

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Attempts to Restore Moisture-Damaged Furniture in Syracuse.

After a spring flood in Syracuse, you may assume that you need to dispose of your impacted furniture before moving on to replacing carpet and drywall. However, restoration may be possible depending on the severity of the damage and your furniture materials. For instance, particleboard tends to warp because it soaks up water while the laminated surfaces act as a vapor barrier. This combination causes uneven water retention that leads to extensive warping.

What is the Stain Removal Process?

SERVPRO Removes Stains Before Drying Your Furnishings

Removing stains from your upholstery in your flood-damaged home in Syracuse is critical for restoration. It may seem counterintuitive to perform stain-removal before drying the furniture, but if you dry the upholstery first, you may set the stain, making it more difficult to remove. Our Technicians treat the upholstery with SERVPRO's specially formulated Stain Remover before moving on to dry the furniture.

What are Some Moisture Effects on Upholstered Furnishings?

  • Swelling: Wood frames in couches and chairs may sustain damage in the flood, causing them to swell and even crack. This gives the appearance of the furniture swelling up to a larger size.
  • Water Spotting: Some fabric may show water sporadically. To deal with this, technicians often wet the entirety of the surface before cleaning.
  • Color Bleeding: When wet, upholstery colors may bleed, mainly if there are metal button backings.

What Are Some of the Steps Toward Furniture Restoration?

  • Extract water from furniture using an extraction wand.
  • Tent cushions to facilitate quicker drying.
  • Lift wet furniture off of soaked carpet (wood or dense foam blocks) to mitigate further damage for both the furniture and carpet.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County at (315) 446-8776. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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