American Cleaning Institute — Tips for Laundering Flood Soiled Fabrics

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Flood waters contain significant amounts of contaminates, including pesticides, sewage, and other and other types of organic matter. Fabric that has been soiled by flood water must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The American Cleaning Institute provides Tips on Laundering Flood Soiled Fabrics, noting that not all fabrics can be salvaged.


Martin KY - May 15: Heavy rains caused severe flooding May 8 2009 in Eastern Kentucky. Town of Martin sustained substantial property damage as a result of flood.

substantial property damage as a result of flood.

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Photo of Sarah Kirby, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Sarah KirbyState Program Leader for Family & Consumer Sciences & Professor (919) 515-9154 sarah_kirby@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human Sciences - NC State University
Updated on Oct 13, 2016
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