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What Happens if My Clothes Get Dirty Water on Them?

1/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Happens if My Clothes Get Dirty Water on Them? We use hydraulic pressure, which is a gentle way to push detergent-laden water through the textile and rid it of contaminants.

What Happens if My Clothes Get Dirty Water on Them?

When we’re called to a water damage by a homeowner, we often see that they’ve tried to stop the spread of the water by putting towels on the floor.  This is a common reaction.  Other times, the homeowner has no choice in what gets wet because the water has spread to the living room, laundry room, or bedroom where clothing, shoes, pillows, etcetera were on the floor and have been impacted.

We call all of these contents--clothing, towels, shoes, etcetera--textiles. Imagine flipping your house upside down. Anything that falls off the house and does not break when it lands, like towels, shoes, clothes, teddy bears, are textiles.  

When the water that wets the textiles is clean, that’s considered Cat 1 Water.  For Cat 1 affected textiles, throwing them into a laundry machine at home is an acceptable way to get them clean.  But what do you do when the water is dirty, like in a cat 2 or cat 3 (sewage) water damage?

Cat 2 and Cat 3 affected wet textiles don’t have to be thrown away.  Our Esporta Wash System can safely sanitize those items and make them safe to wear and handle again.

Unlike traditional dry cleaning, Esporta is a wet wash system that uses a combination of up to six environmentally friendly detergents.  Textiles are placed inside the machine, where they spin in detergent-laden water while staying in place, meaning the textiles are not cleaned by agitation like traditional washing machines but by hydraulic pressure instead.  The textiles stay in place while the water is pushed through them, making this system gentle on all fabrics.

The end result are textiles that are near neutral pH and food-grade clean.

How Results Are Proven

We prove the results of our wash system by using ATP testing.  We take ATP tests of the textiles pre and post wash to ensure our customers that their clothing is safe to wear again.  To learn about ATP testing, read our blog Proving Contamination Levels (and Cleanliness) in Textiles.

If you have a water damage with affected textiles, trust us to clean them.  Our crews will collect all affected textiles and take them back to our cleaning facility.  When they’re clean, they will be delivered back to you.  

SERVPRO of Ellis County has over 30-years of experience remediating water, fire, and mold damages.  We service Waxahachie, Ennis, and all other communities in Ellis County plus those surrounding Dallas and Ft. Worth, and we’re a Texas licensed mold contractor.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 935-0827.  

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