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South Carolina recently felt the effects of Tropical Storm Irma, and while the storm has thankfully passed, cleanup is just beginning. Following a storm such as a hurricane, cleanup can be a daunting, yet necessary, task.

Whether your office, industrial space, or school, proper cleaning is an important part of recovering from a storm. Here are a few tips to help you get started with storm cleanup.

Get everything dry

Whether dealing with the effects of heavy rain, flooding, or even snow, getting your space dry is an essential part of the cleaning process. With standing water, you will have to hire professionals to extract the water if you do not have the proper equipment.

For rugs and carpets, you should shampoo them and dry as quickly as possible. If possible, hang the rugs while drying. Use dryers for the carpet to help expedite the process. Moisture in carpets can produce mold and mildew.

When it comes to furniture, some water-soaked furniture may be unsalvageable, particularly it it’s upholstered. Preserving upholstered furniture will require cleaning and oiling the springs, replacing stuffing, and cleaning the frame.

In office spaces, you will likely also have wet books and documents. Check out this guide to help you dry and preserve wet books or records.

Keep air circulating

In order to reduce the chances of mold or mildew forming, keep air circulating throughout your space. Open vents and windows and use fans to keep fresh air flowing. You may want to invest in a dehumidifier to help remove dampness and speed the drying out process.

Use disinfectant

Rain water and flooding can bring in a variety of contaminants. These contaminants may cause damage to your space, and could also pose a health hazard to employees. When cleaning walls, furniture, rugs, and more, use disinfectant to kill any germs that have made their way into your space.

Hire a professional cleaning service

These tips merely scratch the surface when it comes to cleaning up after a storm. The best way to ensure that you are thoroughly and properly cleaning your space is to hire a professional cleaning service. Professional cleaners know what it takes to safely clean your space.

At BES Cleaning, we offer our professional cleaning services to offices, industrial spaces, education, healthcare, and more. We also offer green cleaning services, making our services safe not only for you and your employees, but the environment, too.

Recovering from a storm or crisis is no easy feat, but we hope these tips can help you when the time comes to clean your space. If you’re interested in professional cleaning services from BES Cleaning, you can reach us online or at (843) 873-6263.