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Content Cleaning After a Flood

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded carpet in Glendale Heights, IL

How To Clean Personal Belongings

One of the most difficult problems that homeowners can face in the aftermath of a flood in their home is the process of content cleaning. As a result, it can be overwhelming to figure out what belongings can be cleaned and how to clean them properly. If your home in Glendale Heights,IL, has dealt with flooding, the following tips can help determine what steps need to be taken to clean personal belongings.

Cleaning Methods

There are a variety of professional content cleaning techniques that can be used for belongings. They include the following:

  • Spray and wipe, which is used for more delicate items that cannot be wet cleaned.
  • Foam cleaning, used for upholstery to prevent shrinkage of material.
  • Wet cleaning, used for heavier residues.
  • Dry cleaning, for pretreating or cleaning light residues.
  • Immersion cleaning, in which the material is dipped into a cleaning product.
  • Abrasive cleaning, which agitates the surface of the material.


Electronics damaged by flood waters are extremely dangerous. It is important to not turn on any electronics that have potential water damage. These include computers, DVD players, gaming consoles and televisions. An electronic technician should be contacted as soon as possible to inspect and clean electronic devices to ensure they are safe and to see if they can be used again. Some devices may need to be replaced.

Porous and Non-porous Materials

Porous materials, which include rugs, carpets and upholstery, are difficult to clean. These materials have a tendency to absorb water, so floodwater that could possibly be contaminated can lead to the growth of mold and foul odors. This is especially a concern with black water, as it can harbor harmful bacteria and microbes, so porous materials may need to be replaced. Non-porous materials can usually be cleaned.
If your home has been subject to flooding, water damage repair specialists can help with content cleaning and get your home back to normal quickly.

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