Here's What You Need To Know About Removing Excess Water From Furniture

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Here's What You Need To Know About Removing Excess Water From Furniture

5 January 2023
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It is often possible to repair upholstered furniture that has been damaged by water, but the extent of the damage and the type of upholstery will determine the feasibility and cost of the repair. In some cases, the furniture may need to be completely reupholstered. In other cases, it may be possible to clean and dry the upholstery and repair any damage to the frame or padding. However, If the furniture has been completely submerged in water or has been left wet for an extended period of time, it may be difficult or impossible to repair it. 

If the furniture has only been slightly damp or has only been wet for a short period of time, it may be possible to clean and dry the upholstery and make any necessary repairs. This may involve removing the upholstery, cleaning and drying it, and then reupholstering the furniture. Alternatively, a professional water damage restoration service may be able to clean and disinfect the upholstery without removing it from the frame.

It is important to act quickly if your upholstered furniture has been damaged by water. The longer the furniture remains wet, the more likely it is to become irreparable. If the furniture is still wet, it is important to remove as much water as possible and dry the furniture as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.

Here are some steps you can take to remove water from upholstered furniture:

Absorb Excess Water

Use towels, rags, or a wet/dry vacuum to absorb as much water as possible from the upholstery. Be sure to wring out the towels or rags before using them to avoid spreading the water.

Use Fans and Dehumidifiers

Place fans and dehumidifiers around the furniture to help dry it out. The more air circulation you can provide, the faster the furniture will dry.

Remove the Cushions

If the furniture has removable cushions, remove them and dry them separately. This will allow you to dry the cushions more thoroughly and get to any water that may have seeped into the frame of the furniture.

Use a Blow Dryer

If the upholstery is still damp, use a hair dryer on the low or medium heat setting to help dry it out. Be sure to hold the hair dryer several inches away from the upholstery to prevent overheating.

Use a Deodorizing Product

Once the upholstery is dry, you can use a deodorizing product to help remove any odors that may have developed as a result of the water damage.  

Contact a professional for more information about water damage restoration