Risk Free Serv – A Guide

Water damage can be extremely devastating and proper cleaning and recovery needs to follow a three step process. Feel free to find more information at Risk Free Serv

The first step is to clean the item from the mud or debris that lay on the surface.

The second step is to repair any damage that may have been done.

The third step is to disinfect the item.

There are items that are more or less susceptible to water damage and this article will give tips on recovering the most commonly damaged items. Paper items are the most easily water damaged items in your home and can be damaged without direct contact to water. Repairing paper items requires drying, which can be accomplished through air drying or by using a dehumidifier, however the process can be more complicated then jus simply drying. Water damagned books for example are a paper item in which the process can be more complicated and you will need to prioritize. Books that are leather bound, have parchment or vellum bindings should be a priority as they will disintegrate faster. To dry books that have been damaged by clean water, simply remove them from the water and let them dry without opening them or closing them while they are in water. For books damaged by dirty water, remove them from the water and rinse the pages in clean running water. After the books are clean, open them to air dry and make sure you turn them upside down every few hours.

You can also place white absorbent paper about every 10-15 pages to speed the drying process. When the books are no longer wet place them lightly against a solid surface to ensure prevention of swelling. When trying to repair water damage to blankets, sheets, comforters or towels, the first step is to ensure that they can be bleached, if they can not you will be unable to disinfect them properly and they should be discarded. Blankets and comforters should be soaked up for 15-20 minutes each in warm water and bleach. Any items attached to dirt or debris may need to be soaked twice, twice before being washed. Sheets and towels should be soaked for 10-15 minutes in cold water and bleach, and then rinsed in cold water. Then wash the sheets and towels with a cup of bleach added in hot water and detergent for proper disinfectant. Mattresses should be left to a professional, or discarded, you will not be able to clean them properly at home.

Water harm to wooden furniture can first be washed with soap and water, if it isn’t enough you may need to use a combination of turpentine and vinegar. You may need to fry the wood with steel dipped in lemon or olive oil to bring back the most color. The furniture is then cleaned with a soft cloth until this stage is complete. There are some things that are better left to a skilled conservator if water loss happens, like photographs, sculptures, and electronic devices. All these items can be tried in home restoration if you choose but the best results would be with a professional trained to handle these delicate items properly. Tenting a repair home will destroy certain things past the point a specialist will recover.