Cleaning Your Furniture After a Flood? Here Are a Few Tips to Follow

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Floodwaters do not know boundaries. Once they head your way, know that you can do nothing to stop them. Flooding can be scary for people as well as their homes. The overflowing water often takes a toll on your home’s exteriors, interiors, furniture, and whatnot.

If you live in an area prone to floods, caring for your home and furniture is necessary. Even when you do not live in such an area, your upholstery and furniture may get damaged because of broken pipes or any other reason. Wet wood or fabric will not only damage your furniture but your health as well. Timely action is a must.

You can get in touch with a professional cleaning service to address all the destruction that the flood has caused to your furniture and upholstery. Once you hire them for cleaning, they may adopt the following measures:

Checking the Water Type

Most professional cleaning services start by inspecting the water type that has flooded your home. Checking it helps them determine the health risk factor. If the water is clean and comes from the supply lines of your home, you do not have to worry as it is not dangerous for your health. If the water is grey, it may be a little harmful to your upholstery, appliances, and your health. And if the water is black from the sewage and rivers, it can be dangerous for your health.

They make use of commercial water extraction equipment to extract such water from your upholstery and other areas of your home.

Drying the Furniture 

If your furniture or upholstery remains wet for a long time, it will develop mould. When the mould stays for long, it doesn’t only damage the frame of your couch, sofa, or chair, but your upholstery as well. In such a condition, the water damage needs to be dried completely.

When you contact a certified professional cleaner, they use tools like portable upholstery cleaner machines, steamers, and dryers to dry the upholstery and furniture and to save it from further damage.

Treating the Stains 

Flood water can lead to a lot of staining on your upholstery. A stained sofa, chair, or any other upholstery looks old and affects the aesthetic value of your home. Thus, cleaning them is a must. For minor stains, these services may use a cleaning solution comprising of chemicals, vinegar, baking soda, and liquid soap.

But if your couch is soaked in water for a long time, they make some extra effort to clean it. They wipe your furniture to remove extra water from the surface using a washcloth or a paper towel. Then, they clean the dirt from the surface of the couch and then move it to a dry area. They also use equipment like dehumidifiers Brisbane or electric fans to allow for quick drying of the sofa. The whole cleaning spree ends with disinfecting and deodorizing the frame as well as upholstery of your furniture.


Commercial cleaning services use powerful equipment for efficient cleaning and drying of your furniture. Getting in touch with them solves your problem to a great extent.