How To Wash Moldy Clothes After Flooding In Pekin
After the flooding recedes and the cleanup process starts you are left with many questions.
One of the first and biggest issues to tackle is your clothes. Since you obviously need clothes to participate in everyday life you are going to want to get you and your family's clothes clean as soon as possible.
Here are a few tips to help make sure that your soiled moldy clothes get back to their pre-flood gloriousness.
First, check if your machines need to be cleaned. If they do follow this procedure:
- Even if your washing machine was not flooded, avoid using it until you know that the water is safe enough to drink and that your sewer line works.
- Before you wash clothes in the machine, run it through one full cycle.
- Be sure to use hot water and a disinfectant or sanitizer, such as chlorine bleach.
- Of course, if the machines are broken call a technician to come to help you first!
Now comes the washing of the clothes part ...
*It is best to wash clothes in hot water. Hot water kills mold more effectively than cold water and better removes mold spores and allergens too. Of course, make sure you don't use water so hot that it can damage your clothing.
- When you're washing your clothes with a mold killing solution it's best to wash them through at least two full cycles.
- Then after your clothes have been washed hang them on the line in the sun. The heat from the sun and the sun's ultraviolet light help to kill mold. The sun has a natural bleaching effect that can also help to fade mold stains.
- Washing clothes in a solution of all-fabric bleach and water can kill mold. Bleach can also fade away stains left on clothes by mold.
If you or someone you know has been affected by flood damage and need help with your home, call SERVPRO now!