Cleaning furniture after flood may become one of the toughest tasks after the water recedes. However, water and mud and dirt must be cleaned immediately because they can damage the furniture, walls and other structures of the house, thus affecting the health of the occupants. Every piece of furniture requires different cleaning treatment. If you experience a flood and are trying to clean individual furniture in a flooded house, here are some ways you can do:
Cleaning mud water that gets into the house may bring along dirt and mud. The first thing that needs to be done is to clean the sludge as clean as possible. Use a spray or hose to clean any mud that has gotten into between the furniture.
Clean the surface of the furniture after cleaning the mud, clean all the furniture in the house. You can wipe it off using hot water and cleaning soap for maximum clean surface. If you need to make it more clean, do some disinfect with a small amount of chlorine bleach solution or a disinfectant to kill germs.
Cleaning kitchen utensils. Soak glasses, porcelain items, plastic cutlery, and enamel for 10 minutes in the disinfectant solution. Then, dry it by aerating. Avoid using towels. Clean silver, metal utensils, pots and pans by boiling in water for 10 minutes. However, do not use chlorine bleach for these tableware as it can react with the metal and darken it. Meanwhile, the cupboards in the kitchen need to be cleaned and rinsed with a chlorine bleach solution before being used again to store dishes and other eating utensils.
Clean furniture. Wear a protective mask to prevent mold spores getting into the respiratory tract. Then, the first thing that needs to do is to take the furniture, carpets, bedding, and clothes outside to dry as soon as possible. You can use an air conditioner or a humidifier to remove moisture. If not available, you can open at least two windows for ventilation with outside air. Use a fan to circulate air in the house. If mold has developed, remove objects outside to prevent spores from littering the flooded home. Vacuum floors, ceilings and walls to remove mold, then clean them with disinfectant. The mattress should be thrown away, especially if it is submerged in too much water. Meanwhile, upholstered furniture that absorbs contaminants from flood water needs to be cleaned by professionals. Wood veneer furniture is usually very expensive to repair if it is damaged by flood water. Meanwhile, solid wood furniture can usually be repaired, unless it is badly damaged. Toys and stuffed animals may need to be thrown away if they are contaminated by flood water. Photos, books and important papers can be allowed to dry first and then cleaned later. Dry it carefully and slowly. Get rid of the sludge and store the items in a plastic bag and place them in the ice-free freezer to protect against mold and further damage, until you have time to clean them, or bring them to a professional.
Household appliances may stain and smell when exposed to flood water or mud, and need to be serviced, cleaned and sanitized. Avoid operating the appliance before cleaning it properly as this can damage it. Professional cleaning is recommended for electronic items, such as televisions and radios, washing machines, dryers, and vacuum cleaners. The tough exterior can be cleaned by hand. All overloaded metal equipment should be checked to prevent electric shock.