Clean Up the Mess
Every flooded part of your house - walls, floors, closets, shelves, contents - should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. To avoid being overwhelmed with your task, tackle one room at a time. You can do much of the cleaning, but some of it may need to be done by professionals.
Next Step to Recovery
|Your Cleaning Supplies Checklist
- Brooms, mops, brushes, sponges
- Buckets, hose
- Cleaning products
- Face mask
- Hair dryer
- Rubber gloves
- Trash bags
When Cleaning / Disinfecting, Follow These General Rules
- Make sure your work area is well ventilated.
- Use cleaning products with caution. Bleach should not be mixed with other household products, especially ammonia, because a poisonous gas will form.
- Use one bucket for your cleaning solution and another one for your rinse water and replace the rinse water frequently.
- Wash exposed skin frequently and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
- Wash with chlorine bleach or a disinfectant. Add one tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach to one gallon of water.
||Items You May Possibly Save
Items that are damp from humidity, nonabsorbent items, or items that can be soaked, washed, and disinfected:
- Bedding, linens, and towels that can be washed and disinfected
- Glass and metal cookware
- Small rugs that can be removed for outside cleaning and disinfecting
- Upholstered furniture, pillows, and mattresses
- Wall hangings and draperies
- Wood furniture without structural damage
Items Saturated or Submerged by Floodwater that Should Be Discarded
- Books and paper products
- Large appliances (contact a dealer or repair shop for advice)
- Large carpets and carpet padding
- Mattresses, pillows, foam rubber pads
- Medicine / medical supplies and cosmetics
- Plastic, wood, or chipped cookware
- Small appliances that cannot be cleaned such as can openers and toasters
- Stuffed animals and baby toys
- Upholstered couches and chairs
Step Seven: Rebuild and Disaster-Proof Your House