Has flooding become a problem for you? Has said flooding damaged your precious valuables and belongings? Many people suffer from flooding and the water damage it brings along. Water damage is one of the worst damages to try and get rid of or fix. This article will take you through some ways to restore water damage. Here is what water damage looks like in your home.
The first is quite obvious, but such is the basics. If you can’t fix it, hire a professional. There is no sense in messing up your already damaged “object” by making it worse. Obviously there are many more, but let’s focus on how to do it yourself should you muster up the confidence to do so.
This attempt to restore water damage focuses on furniture specifically. You will need toothpaste, bleach, a syringe, baking soda, veneer glue, and moisturizer. Here are the simplified step-by-step instructions.
- Let the piece of furniture dry in a warm room with good air flow.
- If any white spots remain, mix toothpaste and baking soda, rub this on and around the white spots.
- Time to clean any mildew that soaked into the wood past the finish. Clean it with bleach and apply a new finish on top.
- If the furniture veneer has warped in anyway, soak it in moisturizer until it stays flat again. Dry it well. Fill a syringe with veneer glue and release the glue between the veneer and the furniture’s body. Place something on top to hold it in place.
And there you go, you’ve restored your furniture from water damage!
Carpets are just as difficult to restore water damage.
- If the damage is from dark, dirty water, then it is best to trash the carpet. If you don’t bacteria will linger and may cause illness.
- If the damage is from clean or unsanitary water, remove the damaged carpet and let it dry. Trash the padding and let it dry, elevated for up to 12 hours. If mold has grown, hire a professional to finish the cleaning to avoid illness.
That’s carpets, your becoming a pro at this!
Here are some final tips to restoring water damaged wood.
- Coconut oil can actually restore water damaged wood, though the tint of said wood may be darker afterwards.
- Same goes for vinegar, just as above.
- To get out water marks, use a spray shellac on said marks.
Water damage is tricky, but with the internet we have access to so many solutions. If they don’t work, you could always go with number one on above list!