Flooding is quite a common occurrence in many parts of the world. Climate change is certainly no joke — arid countries, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Benin, and other parts of Africa dealt with flash floods and very few people in these locations knew what to do because heavy rains were very rare in these corners of the world.
In areas of Australia (like the Alpine regions), flooding has also become a big issue over the last several years. The weeklong flooding in Sydney last year caught many unawares. People had to suddenly evacuateto higher ground and when the water receded, they then had to deal with the damage that flooding had caused in their properties, especially their homes.
Drying a flooded house is not just tiring, but quite tricky as well. You need to make sure that you do not miss any spots; otherwise, all sorts of “nasties” can breed in those damp areas (which are the perfect breeding places for insects and moulds).
If you live in a fully carpeted home, the task can prove to be even more challenging. But if you’re dead-set on getting your home clean and completely fit for habitation again, listed below are tips on properly cleaning and drying your house and flooded carpets; Mt. Buller professional cleaners have shared seven.
- Get the job done as early as you can to prevent greater damage. If you’re worried about mildew and moulds that can proliferate, delaying even by a day can easily turn the problem from a small one to a bigger, more complex one.
- Take the carpets out and thoroughly clean your floors. Let them dry completely as you tackle the carpets in your yard. Turn on your fans to speed the drying process; likewise, the fans will allow air to circulate and get rid of musty odour.
- Clean your walls as well. If you see any trace of moulds or mildew, suit up properly (wear a face mask and rubber gloves) and kill them off with strong cleaning agents like chlorine bleach slightly diluted with water.
- Check all the furniture as well and then bring them out for cleaning or for disposal if they’re damaged or stained.
- It’s also a good idea to use a dehumidifier to get rid of extra humidity in your house. Moulds and mildew grow in moist places, so you can prevent them from proliferating by reducing the amount of humidity in your house.
- In cleaning your carpets, there are different processes you can try; you can combine some to really get rid of dirt and germs. Washing always works, especially if you’re not dealing with stains; detergent, chlorine and water are effective in getting rid of foul odours as well as killing off germs. Be sure to also scrub away the damaged rubber underside of the carpet. Follow washing with steam and your carpets will be thoroughly sanitised and deodorised.
- And lastly, dry your carpet completely under the hot sun and before reinstalling it, replace the rubber underside.