Restoration Local Offers Tips On Restoring Flood Damaged Heirlooms

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Valuable items can become water damaged, and may require specialized treatment to salvage. A restoration provider explains how to care for these heirlooms.

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Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to best salvage and protect valuable heirlooms that may have been damaged by water.

Objects that are still wet should be rinsed with clear water or a fine hose spray, and debris or silt should be removed using a soft brush or damp cloth. Avoid grinding or overly energetic cleaning.

Air dry objects indoors if at all possible, since sunlight and heat may cause items to warp or split. Storing items in damp bags will cause mold to develop. If items are to be transported, keep the bags open and air circulating. Avoid using disinfectants on historic wallpapers.

If objects are broken, collect all pieces together into one bag if possible and place them in open, labeled containers. A professional conservator may be able to salvage the item.

Documents, books, photographs, or works of art such as paintings and prints may be very fragile when wet, so allow them to air dry as much as possible and avoid touching the surfaces. Remove wet paintings from their frame but not from the stretcher. Air dry them face up and away from direct sunlight.

Furniture finishes may become white or hazy following contact with water, but this will not require immediate treatment. A qualified conservator will be able to correct the issue. Metal objects should be rinsed off and then cleaned with a soft cloth. If there is mud, allow it to dry before removing, as this will be easier.

Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.

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