Water damage to wood antiques might not be as terrible as it appears. 

Relatively new marks, such as white rings or white splotches on a tabletop, are effortlessly fixed with heat or with any of the several household oils.

A modest issue of mildew spots from water exposure may be tidied up with vinegar.

Water damage repair and mold removal can be done in the following ways:

Water Removal with Heat:

A thick, tough finish on antique wood can be used to prevent water damage, but its protective capacity may diminish as the finish scrapes and weakens. Water damage that has not yet completely harmed the wood usually shows up as a white or light discoloration. However, in some cases, the affected areas may appear slightly darker than the finish. This type of damage is typically only finish-deep, and drying out the finishes removes all traces of the damage.

Heat is an excellent way to accelerate the drying process on the surface of antique furniture.

This method entails blowing a hair dryer on a medium or lofty heat setting around the affected area, holding it 5 or more inches away, and gradually shifting its position. The key to preventing water damage to the hair dryer is to examine the affected area and see if it recedes in 5 to 10 minutes as you blow off the hair dryer.

A clothes iron is another option for heating the finish sufficiently to remove the water damage from the wood furniture. To begin, wrap some brown craft paper or lint-free cotton fabric, such as a tea towel, around the damaged area and iron it for several seconds on low to moderate heat with no steam. Raise the paper or cloth to see if the stain has vanished. Assume it is not yet; reposition the material and iron it again.


While a heat gun produces more heat than a hair dryer, it is best not to use it because its extreme heat can burn the wood and cause additional damage.

Water Extraction using an oily surface:

Use an oily product instead of a heat treatment if you want to try something faster. With a white lint-free cloth, rub mayonnaise or any unflavored cooking oil directly on the spot. If the spot persists, cover it with mayonnaise or cooking oil and let it sit for several hours or overnight before wiping it away with a lint-free cloth.

Other oily household products, such as petroleum jelly or coconut oil, can also aid in the restoration of water damage. Whatever you choose, make sure it doesn’t contain any colorant or flavoring, as these could either tint and contaminate the surface or add an unpleasant scent to the antique wood.

3. Water Damage Restoration by Dealing with Mildew:

Mildew is likely to be on the surface of the furniture if it was left in a damp environment after being exposed to water. In a spray bottle, combine a proportional amount of white vinegar and water, mist the entire wood, and wipe away the steam after a few minutes (1-2 minutes). If the wood antique is large, such as an armoire, work on one manageable section at a time. If mildew persists, apply pure vinegar to the affected area, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it away.

Refinishing may be the best option for wood antiques that have been flooded or left outside for an extended period of time, causing the finishes to deteriorate.

Choose One-Call Services for All Your Restoration Needs

If you have an antique wooden furniture piece that has been exposed to recent or previous water damage, you will need the assistance of a water damage restoration company, such as Once Call Services, to help you resolve the issue.

By utilizing the best materials and committing to the above-code craftsmanship and service, One Call Services can provide top-tier water damage restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Our certified technicians and restoration specialists are among the most knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. We employ the most refined and creative practices in the industry to ensure that your property is restored to its former attractive state.

Whether you are dealing with the aftermath of a burst sewer main, a water leak, fire damage, a burst pipe, serious mold remediation, a flood incident, or any other type of natural disaster, One Call Services is here to ensure that your home is repaired and restored to its original condition ( or even better).

Our team responds quickly to emergency damage, drawing on our extensive national network of restoration services and professionals to assemble and repair your property.

Our Water damage restoration process (Restoration plan)

If the damaged area still retains water, it must be slowly dried to prevent or reduce the warping of the wood. Once fully dried, our trained furniture technician will inspect the visible damage as well as the entire portion, paying special attention to all joints and veneered or paneled sections.

The skilled technician will then carefully clean the piece, repair any damage, and complete the structural repairs and restoration as needed.

Applying specialty varnishes, color-matching discolored spots, and reassembling or repairing broken parts are all examples of finishing touches. We will deliver your water-damaged wood antique to you as soon as it is completely restored, depending on your schedule.

We take pride in offering our clients a 100% satisfaction guarantee, backed up by certified restoration specialists, cutting-edge methods, and years of dedication and experience. We are the ideal company for property restoration because we are available around the clock; the sooner you call, the sooner we can address your issue. No job, no matter how big or small is too difficult for us to handle. Allow us to begin working on your property restoration project.

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