How to Air Out Furniture after a Flood

Posted on: 10 July 2015

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One of the most frustrating possessions to be damaged during a flood is your furniture, especially your upholstered furniture. If you do not take proper precautions to get rid of all of the water inside of the upholstery immediately, then mold will form and your furniture will not be usable. Here are the steps that you need to take in order to make sure that your furniture is not permanently damaged.

1. Get the Furniture out of the Water

You need to get your furniture out of the water, even if there is still water on the floor of your basement. If you can, move the furniture to another room. If you cannot move the furniture immediately because the stairs are too narrow or for some other reason, then simply take some cinder blocks and lift the furniture out of the water. If you need to use two cinder blocks stacked on top of each other in order to get the furniture out of the water, then the furniture will not be stable and you will need to reduce water levels first so you can start working on your furniture.

2. Start Blotting the Water

If you are dealing with wooden furniture, take a paper towel or a rag and start to blot the furniture. Since your furniture was touched by floodwater, then there's a good chance that there are abrasive elements inside of the water. To avoid causing these abrasive elements to scratch your furniture, blot rather than rub, to dry. Do this with the hard parts of your upholstered furniture as well.

3. Use Fans

Make sure that there is adequate air circulation on all sides of every piece of furniture. Try to make sure that the furniture is at least a foot away from the wall in order to allow air to pass by every side. Set up fans on every side of the furniture to blow air on it. This will increase the evaporation rate of the water in and around your furniture. If any of your furniture that had drawers was affected by the flood water, take out all of the drawers to make sure that water is able to continue to flow. Continue running the fans until the furniture is totally dry.

4. Lower the Temperature of the Room

If any upholstered furniture was damaged, you are going to need to make sure that mold does not grow. To reduce the chances of mold growing, reduce the temperature in the room where you are storing the furniture to a temperature below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Most mold grows well in temperatures above 60 degrees. If you are especially worried, reduce the temperature below 50 degrees to further decrease the chance that mold will form.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in flood clean up, such as CDM Cesspool Service.