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Water Damage Tips

Water is an essential part of many cleaning processes, but under some circumstances it can damage articles. The harmful effect of water is sharply reduced by prompt and wise action. Some procedures are obvious, others require foresight and experience. From our wide background in water-damage repair and cleaning, we have compiled a list of Emergency Tips which can be taken when a water emergency occurs.

  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting. (blot wet carpeting with clean white towels).
  • Wipe water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove Oriental carpets or other colored rugs from wet wall to wall carpeting.
  • Punch small holes in sagging ceilings to relieve trapped water (don’t forget to place pans beneath!).

Vandalism Tips

If vandals ever strike your property, be careful how you clean up. Improper cleaning can actually result in added repairs and expenses. To help you minimize the damage make sure to:
  • Hose down or wash any egg or other residue from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Remove any debris or food from carpets or interior walls. Scrape or blot carpets and furniture–do not rub.
  • Save any containers which will reveal the composition information about the type of liquid that was spread over surfaces

Fire, Smoke and Soot Tips

After fire damage, it is natural for a person to want to clean a building or home and contents. Timely action can be a great help. It is not likely that you will require all procedures listed. Examine your situation and use those steps which common sense dictates.
  • Clean and protect chrome trim on kitchen appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or other oil.
  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
  • Cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling.
  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified professional dry cleaner.