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3 Facts About Cleaning Mold-Damaged Personal Items

9/19/2021 (Permalink)

Floodwater outside building. Floodwaters can wreak havoc in your Denver, CO, home.

Moisture issues or sudden flooding can cause a great deal of damage to your Denver, CO, home, and your belongings. Clothing, artwork, books, important documents, and old mementos can all be damaged by floodwater and mold growth that can occur shortly after. Fortunately, a mold cleaning is possible for some items, and there are a few facts you may want to know about this process before you begin.

1. Not All Items Can Be Salvaged

It can be difficult to clean some items that have been damaged by mold. Some fabrics, such as suede or silk, may not be salvageable if black mold has set in past the surface. While each case is different, some clothing or upholstered furniture may be beyond repair, and you might have to consider replacing them after a flood.

2. Artwork Can Be Salvaged if You Act Quickly

If you find mold damage on any artwork in your home after a flood, it may be cleaned if you take immediate action. First, do not try to remove any of the molds yourself. Take the painting out of the frame and take it to a cool, dry place to inhibit any further growth of fungi. Lay the painting flat, away from direct sunlight, until it can be assessed by mold remediation and restoration service.

3. Cleaning Processes May Help Recover Sentimental Items

Certain mold cleaning methods may help you salvage sentimental items, such as wedding dresses, antique items, and stuffed animals. You may want to ask your restoration technicians if they have an Esporta machine available, as this cleaning system can remove mold, black water, and other contaminants from your soft items.

Floodwaters can wreak havoc in your Denver, CO, home, especially when your favorite items are affected by mold. However, knowing the facts about mold cleaning and how to move forward with salvaging your items can prevent their loss.

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