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Tips on Cleaning up after Flooding
Cleaning water-soaked carpets and floors is a difficult chore in itself, but in the aftermath of a flood, contamination by mud, silt, and mildew can compound the problem.



Carpets contaminated by sewage should not be salvaged and removed immediately.

It's best to get professional cleaners to work on carpets and floors, but this may not be possible. In any case, begin cleanup as soon as possible.

Pull up carpets and rugs and dry them outdoors.

Use carpet cleaning machine to clean carpets where possible. Try using a disinfectant type, you can also apply carpet cleaning products that can penetrate deep into soiled area.

To discourage mildew and odors, rinse with a solution of two tablespoons bleach to one gallon water. Don't use this solution on wool carpets.

Dry carpet and floor thoroughly before replacing carpet, to avoid future mildew problems and shrinkage. Use fans, vacuum cleaners and dehumidifiers to speed the drying.

Sections of sub floors that have separated must be replaced to avoid buckling. When floor coverings are removed, allow sub floors to dry thoroughly, even though it may take several months.

In wood floors, remove a board every few feet to reduce buckling caused by swelling. Ask a carpenter for tips on removing tongue-and-groove boards.

Clean and dry floor thoroughly before attempting repairs.

In vinyl floors with wood sub flooring, the floor covering should be removed so the sub flooring can be replaced. With concrete floors, removal isn't necessary except to hasten drying of the slab.

Loose tiles may be replaced individually if the floor hasn't been soaked. If water has seeped under sheet flooring, remove the entire sheet.

While cleaning, wash exposed skin frequently in purified water. Always wear rubber gloves for extra protection against contamination.

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