If you are the victim of a flood, fire or other disaster, your wooden furniture and flooring can quickly be ruined if you do not take steps to protect it. Some families lose thousands of dollars in furniture or flooring after a flood or fire simply because they do not take steps to protect their valuable investment.
In most cases, it is best to let a professional handle the cleanup and restoration of your valuable furniture and flooring to ensure that it is not damaged beyond repair.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WOOD
Wood is a relatively forgiving substance, which is one reason why it has been such a popular choice for furniture and building for centuries. Unlike inflexible stone or brick, wood is actually quite flexible and can, with the right techniques, be crafted into almost any shape with ease. This flexibility is due to wood’s porous nature. Some woods, known as hardwoods, are stiff, while soft woods are much more pliable, but all wood is flexible to some extent. This means wood can be easily cut and shaped to form boards, furniture and beams.
However, this same flexibility and porous nature also means that wood is relatively easy to damage, especially when it is wet. Wood is susceptible to mold and mildew and, under the right circumstances, can be damaged to the point that it becomes structurally unsound.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH WET WOOD?
If your wooden flooring or furniture is saturated due to a flood or water from firefighting efforts, you should never try to use heat to dry it out. This can permanently damage your wood. Additionally, harsh cleaners should be avoided as they can strip the moisture out of wood and leave it brittle.
While excessive moisture can swell wood, a small amount is not usually dangerous. Therefore, the first step in saving your wooden furniture or floor is to sop up excess water. You should also try to bring the humidity in the room down to a normal level if possible. However, be careful about introducing outside air into the room, as it can contain substances harmful to your wood such as mold.
When your wooden floor or furniture is damaged with water, the best thing you can do is call an expert. J&M Keystone in San Diego will help you save your valuable wood and keep it looking beautiful with safe, professional cleaning methods.
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