Flood Clean-Up Tips
If you have experienced any water accumulation in
your home, it is important to remember that not all water damage is
visible. Since flood water may contain bacteria that can cause serious
illnesses, it is vital to clean and disinfect everything that may have
ensure that your home and personal belongings are as clean and safe
as possible, please follow these simple, but important, cleaning tips:
quickly to avoid mildew and odor.
all loose dirt and debris.
a chlorine bleach disinfecting solution (3/4 cup of household liquid
bleach to 1 gallon of water) to wash any walls, floors, or other
surfaces touched by flood waters.
area wet for 2 minutes (2 to 10 minutes for exterior areas), then
rinse thoroughly and dry.
sure to clean and disinfect all contaminated surfaces, both interior
walls, counters and floors.
outdoor furniture, patios, decks and playground equipment.
Items: dishes, glassware and utensils.
forget about clothing. You can also remove mildew and germs
from clothing by washing them with chlorine bleach.
clothing labels to make sure they are machine washable and colorfast.
For a standard-size washing machine, use one cup chlorine bleach
per load to disinfect clothing and remove odors.
using a disinfecting solution to clean up after a flood, ALWAYS remember
gloves and protective clothing. Do not touch your face or eyes.
the disinfecting solution often and whenever it is cloudy.
Be thorough. Wash and dry everything well.
use regular chlorine bleach for sanitation; do not use scented or
color safe bleach.