Fabric Water Damage Clean Up
Unless the fabric on your furniture is made of Gore-Tex then we don’t have much to work with to salvage your fabric. If you are looking to salvage your clothes that can be done if this is a sanitary type of water damage.
We have some recommendations for washing salvageable, washable clothing and household textiles. If you have any questions please give us a call. First and foremost make sure the water you will be using for your fabric damage is clean and hot.
- Heavy duty laundry detergent, and 1/2 cup of water conditioner and a disinfectant in wash water to kill bacteria, mildew, and other microorganisms. (sold in grocery stores)
- Use chlorine bleach if safe for fibers and dyes of fabric. Chlorine bleach can cause rust stains to appear on fabrics if there is a large amount of iron in soil deposits or water. Fill the washer with water and add the bleach before putting in the laundry, or use the automatic bleach dispenser on the washer.
- If you can’t use chlorox, use another type of disinfectant product. Look for brands that carry a manufacturer label statement indicating the product is safe to use for laundering textile items.
- Chlorox can damage wool, spandex, nylon and silk fibers. Be careful!
- Use the regular wash cycle and high water levels. For permanent press or synthetic fabrics, use the permanent press cycle.
- Did you know that heat of tumble-drying also helps kill germs, so tumble dry items on the regular drying cycle. Hang items in the sun to dry if they are prone to shrinkage.
- Ironing can help kill germs on cellulose-based fabrics (cotton, linen, ramie, and rayon) and blends of cellulose fibers with synthetic fibers (polyester/cotton).Steam pressing helps kill germs in items that are air dried away from the sun.
Did you know that according to the CDC, the word “disinfectant” and an EPA registration number must appear on a cleaning product label if the product meets the standards required as an effective disinfectant?