Salvaging Furniture

Salvaging Furniture

Hurricane Katrina wrecked havoc on our lives and on our furniture. Unfortunately, there are no simple answers to salvaging furniture; as there are many important variables to consider and the mix of those variables is the key.

Was your furniture standing in a couple of inches of water for a short time or was it fully submersed in polluted water for many weeks?

Is the piece of furniture made from hard wood or soft wood?

Is it of quality construction and of a single plank or made of particleboard and/or veneer?

If the veneer came loose, the particleboards are warped and the glued pieces are separating; then salvaging may not be possible.

If the solid wood sections are not warped, salvaging may be possible.

If you think it can be salvaged, first clean it with ¼ cup of bleach to one gallon of water and let it dry—forced air-drying is best.

Remember quality refinishing can be expensive. So do your homework to have trust in your refinisher.