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Simple Ways To Save Your Textiles From Mildew After Water Damage

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

wet carpet Water damage to a carpet in a home in Montclair, NJ.

Simple Methods for Protecting Your Textiles from Mildew After Water Damage

Wet blankets, clothes and pillows may not be your first concern when broken pipes leave you in the middle of a water damage crisis in Montclair, NJ. However, they can quickly get your attention as they begin to mildew and smell if neglected for longer than 24 hours. Even textiles in closed cupboards can mildew if they remain above standing water in excess of three days. Over time, this smell may be difficult to remove from your home completely. If you need assistance with odor removal, a professional restoration company typically has the equipment to help. Here are some tips for caring for your fabrics and pillows that may save them and retard the development of this odor during your water cleanup.

General Cleaning Guidelines

For machine and hand washable items, always run some clean water over them before washing. Follow with a presoak in powerful detergent and a final wash in the warmest water possible. Feather pillows should be washed for 15 minutes in warm water during the final wash. Do at least one extra rinse on all items.

These are some other important tips to remember following water damage:

  • Never allow damp textiles to remain as they are or pile them together.
  • Completely dry items either in the dryer or in the sun after washing.
  • Follow up with ironing or steaming to further help kill germs.

Notes for Handling Special Textiles

For special textiles such as quilts and tapestries, keep in mind that these will likely be heavy when waterlogged. Use something flat and strong to transport them. Don’t try to unfold them if they seem unyielding. Wait for them to dry. Then rinse with clean water, blot dry with a towel and reshape to dry in the sun.

While fabrics may get overlooked in the big picture of water damage, they can cause some serious odors and loss. Having to replace these items and ridding your home of the possible mildew they may incur can only make matters worse. It’s very possible to restore your favored textiles and protect your home with some quick action on your part.

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