After Commercial Water Damage It's Time To Decide What Should Stay and What Has To Go
When a business floods it is a serious matter. Depending on the extent of the damage, it might feel like the end of the world. It doesn’t need to be, you may be able to salvage much of your inventory and other items in your business. Here’s how to handle cleaning your commercial property after a flood.
Furniture and Carpets
Take furniture outside, brush off any mud and remove any drawers or doors. Determine the material of each item and use commercial cleaning products designed for those materials. Set the furniture away from direct sunlight and allow it to dry. This could take weeks or months, depending on the item. Once thoroughly dry, you can refinish and wax. Spread carpets outside and hose them off. Use a professional carpet cleaner on soiled items. Rinse the solution out using 2 tablespoons of colorfast bleach per gallon of water, unless the carpet is wool. Dry the carpet and its subfloor, keeping in mind that you may need a professional to re-stretch it as you reinstall it. Dry cleaning may be an option for some items. No matter what, always hire a professional water cleanup company to assist you and ensure your business does not fall victim to mold.
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Damaged Food Items and Kitchen Inventory
Unfortunately, if you run a restaurant, you may find that you do need to dispose of much of your inventory after a flooded company. However, you may still be able to save some of it. Any undamaged foods that are in all-metal cans or retort pouches are salvageable. Remove their labels, wash and rinse the cans and disinfect them. You can use a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water. Once sanitized, use a marker to write the food and its expiration date on the can.
When it comes to utensils, you can wash and sanitize metal and ceramic items. You will need to toss out anything wooden or plastic, such as the following:
• Plastic utensils and dishes
• Plastic storage containers
• Wooden cutting boards or utensils
Faster To Any Size Disaster
For more information on preparing your business check https://www.ready.gov/business
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your business and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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