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What Do I Do When My Clothes and Shoes Have Mold?

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Do I Do When My Clothes and Shoes Have Mold? These mold-affected boots were restored by our office after they were in a water damage.

What Do I Do When My Clothes and Shoes Have Mold?

It happens more often than we think it might.  A water damage happens on a 3-day weekend when you decided to go visit some friends in a different city.  When you come back, not only do you have a water damage on your property, but you see that some of your clothes and shoes have gotten wet and now they are mold.

What do you do?

  1. Take care of your water damage.  This is the most important step because it impacts the home you’re living in.  The longer water is allowed to stand, the more thoroughly it will soak everything and have the possibility of causing secondary damage to your floors and carpets.  
  2. Ask your cleanup and restoration company if they can clean and sanitize textiles.  If they say yes, the company should be able to take any affected clothing, shoes, etcetera and take them back to their facilities for cleaning.  Ask your restoration company:
    1. Will you clean the items in-house or subcontract it?  Remember that traditional dry cleaners are not usually equipped to handle mold-affected clothing
    2. How will I know my clothing is safe to wear again?
    3. What if I need some clothing back now?
    4. When will I receive my items back?
    5. Will you work with my insurance company it can be part of my claim?

How Can SERVPRO of Ellis County help?

  1. We are a full-service company.  We can take care of both your water damage and clean your mold-affected clothing.
  2. We’re available 24/7 every day of the year, and we’ll be at your door in 4-hours or less ready to help mitigate your water damage.  As soon as you see a water damage, give us a call.  
  3. We are one of the few Esporta Certified firms in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex.  Unlike traditional dry cleaners, we can clean mold-affected textiles.
    1. We’ve successfully cleaned over 100,000 items.
    2. We have a specialized textile cleaning crew in our facilities that know how to take care of mold affected clothing and shoes.  
    3. Most items are ready to be returned within 2-weeks.
    4. We offer a 72-hour emergency item cleanup, where we clean clothing you need to continue living your life while the rest of your wardrobe is getting finished.  We deliver all items back to you.
    5. We ATP test items to scientifically prove they’re food-grade clean and safe to handle again.
    6. We work with all insurance providers to try to make textile cleaning part of your claim. Since we do not have access to your insurance policy, we can never say anything definitive until we speak with your adjuster.

Mold and Water Damage Items.  Act Quickly.

Water that is not cleaned up will permanently damage almost anything in your home.  Call us as soon as you see a water damage on your property.  Likewise, mold will also destroy what it is growing on if its not remediated quickly.  Mold can eat clothing, leather, and even walls.  If you have mold-affected clothing, we will take them back to our facilities and immediately get in contact with your insurance to try to get your claim approved.  The faster we can remediate your items, the higher the chance of your textiles being saved.

SERVPRO of Ellis County has been responding to emergency water, fire, and mold damages for homes and businesses for over 30 years in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex.  We’re a licensed Texas State mold contractor and offer free assessments.  We're available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us any time.  We're ready to help.

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