Water Damage Cleanup: Cleaning Water Marks on Wood

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water damage cleanup yukonAn important component of successfully executing the “natural” look is to use organic materials that come from nature. Tree branches with bark, acorns, pine cones, seashells, dry flowers, and driftwood are excellent natural elements to create a homey and comfortable decor. But when some of your “water element” invades your “wood element”, the result can be disastrous not peaceful! 

Even when you meticulously use drink coasters and doormats on wood floors, it’s impossible to avoid a few drops or a little spill in your living spaces. The secret to avoid damage to your wooden things is to quickly mop up any puddles.  

Prolonged exposure to water will permeate the wood’s porous membranes. Watermarks are the residue that mar the finishes: paint, stain, varnish, shellac. This moisture can cause it to rot, soften, degrade, or swell. Additionally, water comprises the structure of plant cells, leading to mold growth. 

Water Damage Cleanup in Yukon

Try DIY on Small Areas

Weekly (or even daily), excess water can spill or build up on wooden surfaces, such as:

  • Water rings from condensation from a glass on the coffee table 
  • Potted plants on shelf
  • Splash zone around the sink 
  • Puppy paw prints by the back door

Often, these surfaces develop white water stains where moisture is trapped in the wood’s finish. Many DIY cleaning methods work well for this. Start simple– grab some mayonnaise from the fridge. Using a paper towel, dab a little mayo onto the stain, let it sit for a few hours with the paper towel on top. Wipe away with a clean cloth, then polish. 

If it’s a little more serious, check out the cleaning aisle at your grocery store. Before using commercial cleaning products, check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure it’s suitable for your wood  finish.Test on an inconspicuous spot if you’re unsure of your furniture’s finish. Check out Old Craftsmen’s Brand’s White Ring Spot Remover.  If the water rings are dark, the liquid has likely reached the wood itself, and you may need to refinish the surface entirely. 

Large or Vulnerable Areas Need Professional Help

In contrast to small marks on individual pieces of furniture, sometimes water floods into your home due to a broken pipe or overflowing bathtub. Now you could have substantial damage to large areas including: 

  • Cabinets 
  • Baseboards 
  • Doors (especially exterior doors)
  • Hardwood floors

When you’ve had water damage in the home, the finish on affected wood elements can be marred, streaked, faded or bubbled. This is more than a DIY clean up, now you need certified and trained restoration experts. Restoration 1 of OKC arrives with advanced restoration equipment: industry-grade dehumidifiers, air movers, moisture meters, air scrubbers. 

  • First, the technicians will find and remove all remaining water with this advanced technology. Then they will start drying and dehumidifying processes for your specific situation. For example, wood, upholstery, and wood finishes are more susceptible to damage in handling when they are water-soaked. In some instances, it may be better to block up large pieces of furniture from the floor rather than attempt to move them and risk damage during the process.
  • After drying, they will assess and determine components that cannot be restored and need to be disposed of. Finally they will complete permanent repairs. 

Let Restoration 1 of OKC Double Check for Mold

Whenever you’ve experienced water damage in your home, imagine that moisture igniting any mold spores to a mold explosion in your home. Since spores are airborne, as soon as moisture combines with an organic food source (wood, leaves, paper) a colony can flourish and spread. You need a team that knows how to control the infestation plus prevent the spread to other areas of your home.  

For Quick And Capable Water Damage Cleanup In Yukon 

After water damage, your doors, windows, and wood flooring may swell and warp, and metal may begin to rust and corrode. Restoration 1 of OKC prioritizes customer satisfaction while providing excellent service. Call for a 24 hour emergency response to flood, fire damage , water damage, and mold removal.