Flooding - How to prevent further damages
Disinfection and cleaning of affected areas
In addition to the direct destruction that they cause, domestic floods may also quickly lead to further damages – if they are not effectively cleared away. Standing water and damp ground conditions quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Flood water may also contain contaminated waste water. It is thus extremely important to take the correct measures here to disinfect the area.
Secure the working area!
Important: hygiene and safety are of greater value than nostalgia. Objects which can no longer be cleaned or saved should be immediately thrown away, because they can quickly become breeding places for germs.
What cannot be disinfected? Mattresses, pillows, carpets, books, cosmetics, baby toys, and upholstered furniture. In addition, get rid of any dry construction and insulation areas which came into contact with waste water or flood water and which cannot be disinfected.
The right tool
Water squeegees are ideal for clearing away large amounts of water and dirt from the floor. They can be used on a wide variety of surfaces such as asphalt, brick, concrete and linoleum. A water squeegee with a double foam rubber blade is most suitable for uneven surfaces and tiles, because the soft foam rubber blade can be perfectly adapted to the cleaning surface. A water squeegee with a rubber blade is recommended for smooth surfaces such as concrete and asphalt.
Starting the cleaning process
Start in one of the corners of the flooded area and move the liquid and the dirt in the direction of a drain. If there is not a drain in the vicinity, move the water towards an area in which it can collect; you can then remove it with a bucket or similar.
Cleaning the floor
As soon as the water is removed, wash the surface of the floor with soap and warm, clean water. You can use a floor mop for this purpose. You should then disinfect the surface with a suitable disinfectant. The disinfectant may well need to be mixed with water beforehand. Pay close attention to the recommended mixing ratio of the manufacturer here. Now use the floor mop to spread the disinfectant across the floor. The mopped floor must then dry thoroughly. Opening doors and windows will speed up this process. The good thing here? Air does the work for you!
Then rinse out the mop under clear running water and hang it up to dry.
The surfaces of cupboards, chairs and other objects are the next thing to clean with hot water and soap. This only serves the purpose of basic cleaning; disinfectant must also be used to disinfect the objects. The surfaces should then be rinsed with clean water. Bear in mind: surfaces which will later come into contact with food products should be cleaned with less disinfectant. In addition, ensure that you leave behind no residues from the aggressive chemical product. Ideally, you should use an air dehumidifier in order to dehumidify the affected areas and to prevent mold formation. Alternatively, you can also use electric fans or air-conditioning devices.
Wash your hands
After the cleaning process, you should wash your hands extremely thoroughly in order to remove any impurities from the standing water. All clothing which came into contact with the dirt or mold must be washed separately from the rest of your laundry.
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