Clean Up Safely After a Disaster With a Professional House Cleaning Service
A disaster can happen at any time, and when it does, you need to be prepared. That means having a disaster plan and executing it quickly and efficiently to help you get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.
Don't wait until after a disaster has struck to contact a professional house cleaning company or restoration service. Make them part of your disaster plan today, and you'll be glad you did. Most people are anxious to get started with reparations after a disaster and don't want to completely rely on a professional house cleaning or restoration service. Use these tips to start helping yourself until your disaster recovery team arrives.
Practice Safety First
Cleaning up after a disaster usually requires some harsh and caustic cleaning supplies. Plus, there are a lot of hazards lurking around the damaged property. Practice safety first by wearing the recommended personal safety equipment, such as protective eyewear, a dust mask, a thick long sleeve shirt, sturdy, long pants, and heavy-duty gloves.
Sample Cleaning Supplies You Will Need
Prepare your clean-up kit so you have everything on hand when you start cleaning. Here are some of the things you might need, but the list is not definitive. You may require other items, depending on the surface types you have to clean. Assessing the state of your home will also help you create a more comprehensive list of cleaning supplies.
Don't forget to ask for advice from your professional house cleaning service. Here are just a few of the items you will need to get started.
● Rubber gloves
● Carpet knife, to remove wall-to-wall-carpeting where necessary
● Heavy duty trash bags (you’ll probably need a lot)
Mold Could Be a Threat
Mold is a dangerous household growth that poses risks to people's lungs and destroys your property if it can get itself established. One of the biggest threats to health when it comes to mold is a respiratory illness, which makes preventing it a high priority after a flood, or a sprinkler system has gone off. Pregnant women and people 65 and older are particularly vulnerable.
Molds thrive on moisture, especially in cracks and crevices that have been inundated with flood water or water from the sprinkling system. Molds build up in places where humidity is high, and it only needs 24 hours to start spreading and making your life more difficult.
Start Drying Your Home as Fast As Possible
Remove furniture items with porous surfaces, such as upholstered chairs, wet carpet, drywall, clothes, and insulation. Some of it will have to be discarded, but get the practiced eye of a professional house cleaning service to go over your most precious and sentimental items because they have the equipment and skills to save things you may think are ruined beyond repair. Get as many items as you can outside, so they can start airing out and drying in the sun.
When the professional house cleaning team arrives, they will supply you with industrial fans and dehumidifiers, which can be a significant advantage to quickly drying your home and stopping mold in its tracks.
Disinfect Against Disease
There will be all sorts of nasties growing in and around your property after a flood, especially if the flood waters managed to inundate the sewerage system. Disinfecting every affected surface with a good quality disinfectant will protect the health of you and your family.
Don't forget to disinfect your car, refrigerator, microwave, oven, washing machine, and HVAC. Dryers can also provide a breeding ground for all sorts of undesirables.
Wash down your beds and discard your mattresses because there's probably no saving them at this point. Use a high pH strength soap to kill off bacteria before it can get a foothold. Wooden furniture that has been soaked may also need to be dumped, as will anything else that can't be washed.
To Toss or Sanitize - Which is Better?
Items sitting in flood water for some time generally can't be restored because the contaminated water has penetrated deep into the material. Anything sitting for more than 48 hours is a high mold risk and should be discarded. Unfortunately, this will likely mean your precious book collection will be another flood casualty.
Furniture like rugs and upholstery are also high risk items that are difficult, if not impossible to sanitize. Don't discard these items straight into the trash or leave them out on the sidewalk to deal with later. Place them in plastic bags before disposing of them, so people and passersby can't accidentally come into contact with them.
Make sure you take photos of everything you will be throwing away. Your insurance adjuster will need to see them when working out your claim.
Every surface of your property that comes in contact with flood waters will need to be cleaned, sanitized, and dried. It's a big, dirty, time-consuming job, which is why you will really appreciate the help from a professional house cleaning and disaster recovery team.
You will be going through a lot of cleaning products, so save money by buying in bulk wherever you can. And don't forget to keep receipts for insurance purposes.
Sometimes, it's best not to sweep because the airborne dust will be full of contaminants you probably prefer didn't get into your lungs and eyes. Wet the area first, wipe with a cloth, or use a HEPA vacuum to suck it all up.
More than 15 million homes are affected by floods, fires, and other major disasters every year, and you never know where they will hit next. Whenever a major natural disaster occurs, it can be overwhelming, disruptive, and out of your control. Fortunately, you don't have to go through it alone. A professional house cleaning, flood, and fire remediation service like Best Option Restoration - Thornton & Boulder can help get you back on your feet. Call now to find out more.