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Get Organized For Cleanup

Set priorities. Remove mud, clean and disinfect.
  • Remove mud.
    • Shovel out as much mud as possible, and then use a garden sprayer or hose to wash away mud from hard surfaces.
    • Remember to hose out metal heating ducts, disconnecting the furnace first.
    • After clearing off mud, remove any porous materials since they are contaminated.
  • Clean.
    • Scrub surfaces with hot water and a heavy-duty detergent.
    • Clean from the bottom to the top since drips and streaks are easier to remove if they’re on sections already cleaned.
  • Disinfect.
    • Disinfect with a solution of ¼ cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water or a product that is labeled as a disinfectant to kill germs.
    • Laundry bleaches should not be used on materials that will be damaged or might fade.
    • Don’t mix cleaning products. A combination of chemicals can give off toxic fumes.
    • Thoroughly clean and dry your house before trying to live in it and before making permanent repairs.
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