How to dry & clean water damaged furniture?

Firstly, you need to analyze which advice are correct and which just posted over Internet in sake of weekly blog posting. Some are really bad advices out there. Move wood furniture outside and leave it for drying. Thank god, no one followed that advice! Anyways, back to the concerned topic, generally speaking the most common types of furniture that get water damaged are upholstered pieces and wood pieces. Let us see how to dry & clean water damaged furniture?

Upholstery furniture:

The air movers placed strategically to pass hot and dry air over through the furniture. Upholstered couches can be difficult to clean and dry. Normally, it can pressure treated using high temperature water that kills any bacteria or the allergens present in it. Once free from disease triggering bacteria, the couch must be dry properly.  It has to keep in a room having air movers and dehumidifier. The air movers are set up just because to pass hot air over and through the furniture. The industrial-strength dehumidifier absorbs the moisture, and releases outside the house. Some times when the water has soaked the furniture for a long period of time, the upholstery may need to be removed entirely so that the cleaning, treating and drying process can get to those hard to reach places that were damaged.

Wooden furniture:

Have you ever kept a glass of chilled water on a wooden table and later you have seen water rings on the table. That how fast water can infiltrate wood and cause harm to your beautiful wooden table. Imagine if it occurs on a larger scale. If water set inside the wooden piece for longer days, it can ruin your wooden table completely and you will not have any other option rather than throwing away. Many times what happens the area having glue, which is holding the wooden piece is damaged because of the water, which makes the table weaker. In this case, you can dissemble the table dry the pieces properly apply glue again and assemble it again. All in all, the wooden piece will need to have its finish stripped, cleaned and bleached, dried out, then have the finish re-applied. Yes, certainly it is a time and labor-intensive process. In the case you’re going through your insurance company, a cost analysis will be required to know if it is more cost effective to substitute  the wooden furniture instead of restoring the original one.


Mattresses present the same problem as upholstered furniture—the fabric absorbs wetness and raises the growth of mildew and bacteria. However, if the mattress was exposed to water for only a short time and if the floodwater was clean, it may be possible to recover it. You can do so by cleaning the surface and putting the mattress out in the sun to thoroughly dry. Keep the wet side up to dry as quickly and completely as possible.

Resting the mattress on blocks to keep it suspended above the ground will help facilitate drying. A fan can also help speed up the drying process. If you notice any musty odor, it is an indication of mildew. A professional must handle mildewed mattresses in order to sanitize it properly. If the odor persists after cleaning, the mattress should be discard.

Unfortunately, if your mattress has been sitting in water for a long time, there is no option but to replace it. Mold growth is unavoidable in a moist mattress and the risk is that the mattress has absorbed contaminants that are dangerous to your health.

If you require professional help for water damage restoration then call (619) 201-9480, Monster Steamer. We provide services at San Diego, Escondido, Oceanside and surrounding areas.

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