Water can damage wood furniture in several ways. Direct contact can cause changes in structure and appearance. Joints may loosen and the wood itself may warp or crack. The finish may get cloudy and staining may occur. The damage to wood can progress from slight to severe in only a few days. Before trying to salvage damaged wood furniture, decide which pieces are worth restoring. Your decision should be based on the cost of the item, the amount of damage, any sentimental value, and the cost or possibility of replacement.
Attempt to preserve the original finish of antiques. Restoration is preferable to refinishing. Antiques should be dried out slowly to reduce uneven shrinkage. It may be best to leave restoration to a professional as improper drying, restoration and repair can cause more damage and devalue the piece.
Solid wood furniture can usually be restored unless the piece was in the water for several days and the damage is severe. The piece should be cleaned and dried before deciding whether or not it can be restored. Saturated wood expands, and then shrinks as it dries. This may loosen joints and result in warping and swelling.
Veneered furniture may not be worth the cost and effort of repair unless it is extremely valuable to you. Veneered furniture usually has a core material that is plywood, particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MFD). Particleboard and fiber cores swell when they come in contact with water, and will not return to their original form.
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