Wood furniture gives elegance, lavishness, and coziness to every household area. It offers a distinctive combination of aesthetic appeal and incomparable structural integrity that other materials can’t reflect. However, floods and other problems from water damage can harm your wood furniture especially if it is submerged in water or becomes damp or wet for a long time. So it is best to prevent moisture and get your wood furniture out of the water as quickly as possible to prevent being damaged by water.
Understanding Wood and Moisture
One elemental fact about wood is hygroscopic. This means that wood, almost like a sponge, will gain or lose moisture from the air based upon the conditions of the surrounding environment. It will also expand or contract according to the magnitude of such changes; and it is this swelling and shrinking in finished wood products—often referred to as the wood’s movement in service—that is responsible for so much mischief and so many malfunctions in woodworking.
Ways To Fix Turgid and Warped Wood Furniture From Water Damage
One of the serious things that can happen to any piece of wooden furniture is to get swollen or warped. This effect often leaves the pieces in a pretty ugly state but with the proper care and following the right steps, even the most broken piece can be saved from becoming trash.
Here are the things you should do and consider:
1. Protect Yourself
First, wearing protective gear or the right equipment can protect you from any possible damage. Wear some glasses, a dust mask, and protect your hands with leather gloves. Remember that you’ll be working with damaged moist wood, and that means lots of splinters, sawdust, and sometimes even mildew and other harmful factors.
2. Dry the Furniture If Needed
Dry the furniture before doing anything if it is still moist or soaked in water. Place the piece in a room with lots of air circulation. A warm room would be even better.
To accelerate the drying process, you can turn on any heating appliance, fans, or even air conditioners, so the piece gets direct dry air and lets the humidity fall off.
You can always let it dry out for a few hours outside if it is sunny.
3. Clean Mildew or Black Spots
After drying the furniture, there will still probably be some side effects to the moisture like mildews or molds. To remove or prevent it, you should mix some bleach with water and clean the surface with mildew or just everything that was previously soaked in water.
4. Sand the Surface
You can proceed then to sand the surface once the mildew or mold gets off. You can use a sander or sandpaper, whatever works best. Doing this will get rid of any impurity and inconsistency in the surface. This will leave the surface ready for the final restoration work.
5. Cure the Wood
Remove all the sawdust, and other impurities still left on the surface. Get a bucket and pour some water and bleach then scrub the whole surface with this solution with either a wet towel or a brush. This will even out the whole surface and in time, it will be unrecognizable and will be almost like cured wood ready to be finished.
6. Apply Furniture Oil
You can add furniture oil after the sanding process of the whole surface. This will give the wood the perfect touch so you could already say it is fixed.
Doing this, it is better to use a scrub or rag to spread the oil around. Add enough oil, so the wooden surface reaches the ideal color.
7. Maintain And Restore The Furniture
Using a Moisturizer
The wood is ready for some further maintenance after applying the furniture oil. You can add moisturizer to the surfaces to make sure the wood is ready to tackle some water if something happens. So, if any humidity reaches the wood, it won’t cause much damage. Moreover, it
leaves the wood ready for the finish or veneer to stick more easily.
Adding Veneer or a New Finish
Dry the wood after applying the moisturizer. Then find veneer glue and a veneer laminate or a liquid finish to apply to the already fixed wood. This will help to produce a more water-resistant piece of furniture. Just spread the glue around the surface where the veneer goes and stick.
For the finish, use a brush to spread it all around. Make sure to cover all the pivotal points on the furniture to make it reliable. Then wait for the glue or finish to dry.
Applying Furniture Polish
By applying furniture polish, the whole part will be free of any turgidity or warping. Do this after adding veneer or applying a finish coating the following day using a fine brush or cloth. Rub the polish around the surface of the furniture then dry. Furniture polish works well with the finish or veneer. This way, you’ll add the perfect effect and make the furniture more pleasing than ever.
If you ever begin to have uncertainties or don’t have time to try and clean up the mess on your own, we are more than willing to help you. We will take care of everything from managing the entire cleanup to the restoration process. We can restore your water damaged wood furniture to its normal state. Please don’t hesitate to contact our local office, Water Damage San Jacinto. We offer 24/7 emergency service.