But given the right circumstances, you can clean, dry, and disinfect furniture on your own. Before embarking on a DIY task, keep the following factors in mind: extent of damage, value of the furniture, type of water, and the material the furniture is made from. Here are more tips, which will tell you how to clean, dry disinfect furniture and can help you treat veneer furniture and wood furniture like a pro.
Treating damp wood furniture
As with any restoration project, you need to pay attention to damp wood furniture right away in order to be able to bring it back to its previous glory. If you are working with damp wood furniture, then you’ll white spots on different areas. Remove these marks by preparing a cloth dipped in 1:1 solution of water and ammonia or turpentine. Apply the solution, dry well, and you can expect the color to turn back to normal.
If this doesn’t work, use a 000 steel wool dabbed with lemon oil or olive oil. Rub along the grain of the wood furniture, and wipe the excess with clean cloth. Once the marks have disappeared, coat the wood with furniture polish or wax.
Dealing with ‘soaked’ wood furniture
Cleaning the furniture with water is the first step in restoring submerged wooden items. Try to disassemble the doors, drawers, and back panels. The water expands the wood, so if you find it hard to detach these items, don’t forcibly tear them apart.
Transfer the furniture in a room with better humidity and air circulation. If the furniture is too big to move, let the air circulate by using fans and opening the doors and windows of the room. You can also use a dehumidifier. Avoid exposing wood furniture to direct sunlight or using heaters because these methods might result in unsightly alterations.
Recovering veneer furniture
Veneer furniture are made of plywood or other boards, which, when exposed to water, expands fast and causes ridges to break down. If the some parts of the veneer furniture are loose, clean both areas, douse with water, and apply pressure to flatten the item. For best results, leave ‘flattened’ for an entire day with the use of a flat board similar to your veneer furniture’s size. Glue well so as not to shift the veneer. This process is important because you can only glue the parts back together when the surface is completely smooth.
Other things to consider
A number of veneer furniture usually have iron or steel add-ons. The most important step in dealing with this item is to dry out the furniture completely in order to avoid rust stains and other problems. While the furniture might be of extreme importance to you, if it has been underwater for more than a day, attempts at salvaging it will be futile.
Mold growth might have started in areas, which are hard to reach and clean. Again, it’s important to look at the value and the damage that the wood furniture and veneer furniture have incurred before undertaking methods in restoring them.