How to Repair Water Damage on Wood Furniture

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Repairing water damage on wood furniture is easy and quick. All you need is the right tools and materials. Don’t worry if you aren’t perfect at first! It will only improve with practice, so keep practicing until you can do the job right. Here are some strategies for repairing water damage on wood furniture:

Clean the area.

  • Use a wet washcloth to clean the area.
  • Don’t use soap or other cleaning products.
  • Rub tight enough, as you could damage the finish on your furniture.
  • Don’t use paper towels to dry the area. They may leave behind lint that will collect dirt and cause more damage in the future!

Use a hairdryer to dry out the damaged spot.

The easiest way to repair the damage is with a hairdryer. If you don’t have one, borrow one from a neighbor or friend. 

  • Turn it on its lowest setting and move the dryer over the spot where you see water damage. 
  • Keep an eye on your furniture while drying out. If they start curling up or cracking, stop using them immediately until they are 100 percent dry! 
  • Let them sit overnight so that any residual moisture can evaporate completely. Otherwise, this can cause the warping and splitting of wood objects.

Use an iron and a wet washcloth on the damaged spot.

  • Use an iron and a damp washcloth to remove any dust.
  • Heat the water damage spot with a steam iron. 
  • Allow the area to cool before wiping it down with fresh water (don’t use ice).

Mix sanding dust with epoxy and apply it to the damaged area.

You can apply the epoxy directly to the damaged area or mix sanding dust with epoxy and apply it to the damaged area.

For large areas, use a wood filler for larger sizes and a sanding sponge for smaller areas. The ratio of sanding dust is one part dust to one part glue. Apply this mixture with an applicator wand or paintbrush in small circles until all the affected area is covered. 

Fill any cracks or holes in the furniture with wood putty.

Please ensure the wood putty is dry before sanding it down so it does not pull out from under your new finish.

Once you have filled any cracks or holes with wood putty, sand off any excess using fine-grit sandpaper. Once you have finished sanding, apply two coats of topcoat to protect against future water infiltration damage into your furniture.

Sand the repaired area until it feels smooth again.

The goal is to remove any rough spots left from removing the wet wood from its surrounding area. The best way to do this is with fine-grit sandpaper. Doing this will remove small debris particles from your furniture without affecting its durability.

Apply a Finish to Restore the Beauty

  • Apply the finish in the direction of the wood grain, using a cloth or soft brush to wipe up excess gently. 
  • Let it dry for at least 24 hours.
  • Use sandpaper wrapped around a block of wood to remove any remaining dust or debris that may have gotten trapped on your furniture piece during cleaning. 
  • Sand down all sides of each piece until they’re smooth and clean again.
  • Repeat with more paper if necessary until everything looks good enough to be displayed as is!

Repaint or refinish the furniture if needed.

Refinishing is the best option if you need the right tools and equipment. The paint will be more durable than a new finish on wood furniture, and it won’t require sanding or staining before painting.

  • Remove any old coatings that may still be on the piece (you can use a solvent if needed).
  • Sand down any rough spots with fine sandpaper until smooth. This should remove most of the scratches in your piece. 

Suppose there are still some deep scratches left after sanding them out. In that case, this step will not fix them completely. You will need more work done on those areas after refinishing!

Hire the experts instead. 

If you are dealing with water damage, you can’t afford to wait. The longer the water sits, the more damage it can do. To get back on track quickly, hire professional water damage contractors in Kansas City who specializes in water damage repair: Emergency Mitigation Services.

For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment for a free assessment of your home or business, contact us today!

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