The Queen of Clean in Australia, Shannon Lush, has heaps of tips for recovering flood damaged items and cleaning after flood inundation. ABC Brisbane has a great post on helping you to save some things you may have thought were lost.
Use a wet broom first – a dry broom will scratch your walls.
Don’t use bleach for cleaning – Shannon suggests using a teaspoon of Lavender Oil and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid per litre of water in a spray bottle and mist over the muddy wall.
Use a soft kitchen broom and wrap the broom head in pantyhose to clean after you’ve applied the mist.
For mouldy walls – Use 1/4 teaspoon of Oil of Cloves per one litre of water in a spray bottle (no stronger).
Mist it over the mouldy areas or anything that smells mouldy or musty.
Muddy and wet carpets
*NB* Clean your walls first
Carpets do not necessarily need to be thrown out.
Get as much mud off them using plenty of water and dry them out as much as possible.
Then use a carpet steam cleaner you can hire from the supermarket.
Firstly run the machine over the carpet with nothing in it to suck up excess mud and moisture.
The run it over again using Shannon’s solution which is half the manufacturer’s cleaner plus 2 tablespoons of each of the following – bi-carb of soda, white vinegar, methylated spirits and 2 teaspoons of each of the following glycerine and eucalyptus oil.
Then run it over again with nothing in the machine.
Read more tips on cleaning mould, documents, books & photos, and computer: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/01/15/3113625.htm?site=brisbane
Tomorrow: Getting the garden back into shape.