Cleaning Up From A Flood? 4 Steps To Repair Your Wood Furniture

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If your home has recently been through a flood, and you're trying to clean up after the mess, you're probably worried about your wood furniture. If it's been exposed to the water, you'll need to act fast to repair the damage. Without fast action, your wood damage could suffer irreparable harm, including warping and cracking. Before you cast your wood furniture off as a loss, here are some steps you can take to repair the damage, and restore the finish.

1. Gather Your Supplies

When it comes to restoring wood furniture that has suffered water damage, the first thing you'll need to do is gather your supplies. The last thing you want to do is begin your project only to discover that you don't have everything you need. Once you get started restoring a piece of wood furniture, you'll need to keep going until the project is completed. To restore your wood furniture you'll need the following supplies.

Sand Down to the Bare Wood

Once you've gathered your supplies, you'll want to lay a drop cloth down on anysanding tables nearby and put your face mask on. The drop cloth will make cleanup much easier and the face mask will help you breathe easier. Begin by sanding your wood furniture down to the bare wood. You want to remove all the old stain. This may take some time, especially if there are several layers of old stain. If the piece you're working on has fine detailing, you may need to sand some areas by hand. For those areas, you can use a sanding block or an individual piece of sandpaper. Begin by sanding with a medium grit sandpaper to remove the bulk of the paint or stain. Continue sanding, applying even pressure, until all the old stain has been removed.

Repair the Defects

After you've sanded the furniture, you'll be ready to take care of the deep defects and damages. Using a putty knife apply wood filler to the cracks and defects. Once you've covered the areas with the wood filler, use the clean edge of the putty knife to scrape away the excess filler and smooth the surface. From there, you'll want to let the wood filler dry overnight. After the filler has dried to a hard finish, you'll be ready to give your piece one final sanding. Use high grit sandpaper to remove the excess wood filler and bring your furniture to a smooth finish.

Apply the Stain and Sealant

Now that your piece is sanded and repaired, you're ready to stain and seal it. Using your paintbrush, apply the initial layer of stain to the entire piece of furniture. Allow it to dry for several hours before applying the second coat. After the second coat, allow it to dry overnight before applying the sealant. In the morning, apply a coat of wood clear coat sealant and allow it to dry overnight.