Waters from a loss may have contaminated your clothing, furniture, and bedding. Some items can be saved, while other items need to be thrown out. The key is to start the cleaning process as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If there is any doubt about an item, the safest action is throw it away and buy new.
If the label says, “dry clean only”, the item is most likely ruined. Separate wet items to keep colors from bleeding. If you can’t wash items right away, at least rinse them with clean water.
For Upholstered Furniture:
If the furniture has only had minimal contact with water, have it professional cleaned and dried. If the furniture has come into contact with contaminated water, water containing sewage or chemicals, it should be discarded and replaced with new.
Bedding and Pillows:
These items should always be replaced. Bedding can be cleaned using the hottest water possible.