How To Dry Important Documents
Four Tips For Dealing With Wet Documents
Flooding at your West Delray Beach, FL, commercial property can leave you with a lengthy "To Do" list. One area of cleanup that may be overlooked in the aftermath is document drying. Here are four tips for dealing with wet documents.
1. Clean Before You Dry
Prior to trying any drying method, you should get your documents as clean as possible. First, let any soot, mud, or other caked-on debris dry. Next, vacuum up the debris through a window screen or other filter. This step is crucial because you don't want to vacuum up the document itself. Last, remove any leftover dirt and debris with a soot removal sponge.
2. Air-Dry Damp Items
If your paperwork is only a little bit wet, air-drying might do the trick. First, sandwich each affected item between two paper towels to soak up any excess surface water. Repeat this process until the towels stay dry. Next, lay the wet documents out on the floor or a table and use fans to circulate the air. (Obviously, you should avoid pointing the fans straight at the papers if you don't want them to blow away.) Air-dry the papers for 48 hours.
3. Freeze Wetter Items
If the documents aren't dry after two days, or if they're very wet to begin with, try freezing them. Wrap the affected papers in wax paper. You can do this by the stack; you don't actually need to wrap each individual piece of paper. Then put the documents in the freezer for two weeks. Crank it up to the coldest temperature setting. Afterward, unwrap the documents and air-dry them as described above.
4. Call in the Pros
If air-drying and freezing prove unsuccessful, it may be time to enlist the help of a professional restoration service. It'll likely have additional methods and tools at its disposal, such as vacuum freezing, that can be used to save your soggy papers.
Wet documents can spell disaster for a business, but they don't have to. If your commercial space has recently experienced flooding, keep these four tips in mind as you dry out and get back on your feet.