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Portland water damage is devastating not only because of the damage caused to the building, but also because of the effects on your belongings. You can count on ServiceMaster of Portland to provide a full restoration of your home or business facility to get your life back to normal. We also recommend calling in the professionals to care for your damaged belongings, especially in light of the many potentially difficult to clean materials. If the damage is not severe, some homeowners choose to attempt cleaning their own items. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and Heritage Preservation* offers suggestions for treating possessions in need of water damage restoration.

  1. Rinse items damaged by water or flooding with a gentle flow of clear water, if possible. Lightly brush or pat the item with a soft-bristled brush or smooth cloth. Avoid rubbing or pressing, as this will cause additional damage and make the particles more difficult to remove. Once cleaned, pat the item dry with a clean cloth.
  2. If an item is broken, collect the pieces and dry them completely before attempting to reassemble the object.
  3. Paper items, including books, artwork, or photographs require special care. Paper is very fragile when wet. Depending on the level of water damage, books may be able to be air dried. If you are unsure, place the books in the refrigerator or freezer and consult a professional book restoration professional. Artwork must be removed from the frame, separated from the mat board, and laid flat to air dry. Do not remove canvases from their stretchers. Photographs can be rinsed on the slick front with a very light stream of water, but avoid touching your fingers to the front of the photograph.
  4. Metal materials should be rinsed with water and dried immediately with a clean cloth. Avoid rubbing. If there is a significant layer of mud on the item, allow the mud to dry first, as it is easier to remove when no longer wet.
  5. Lay the items out to dry inside your home or commercial building. Heat from the sun, a blowdrier, or other source can distort the material. Be sure to thoroughly dry all items before packing them away, as any trapped moisture from the initial water damage will develop into mold.
  6. When storing items, keep in mind that sealed plastic packaging does not allow for air flow, so take special care; consider adding dry packets or other drying agents to prevent water damage or mold growth after the initial drying has occurred.

* http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/tftips.htm