Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

The Need to Clean in Your Water-Damaged Chicago Residence

While flood losses can assuredly leave your Chicago home in need of disinfection and focused cleaning efforts, many homeowners might assume that clean water losses require no additional cleanup beyond drying. Despite the efforts of our SERVPRO team working to remove moisture from affected materials and contents in the house, some steps must get taken to ensure that the appearance of these affected areas and materials is as good as it was before the loss incident occurred.

What Exactly Do We Mean by Cleaning?

Potential contaminants, bacteria, and microbial threats are a possibility after even mild water losses under the appropriate conditions. Because of this, it is vital to begin disinfection and sanitization as soon as possible. A thorough spread of these potent biocides and antimicrobial solutions can prevent a situation from getting worse. But these are not the only concerns that exist in a Chicago home after much of the drying completes.

Areas in Need of Attention After Drying

• Damaged Contents
• Structural breaches in roofs or siding
• Stained Carpeting
• Dull Wood Flooring

Removing standing water and drying the structure can help our SERVPRO technicians to identify deterioration or staining of construction materials and contents, as well. In some situations, these materials have already begun to fall apart, requiring clean up during controlled demolition and post-construction when our in-house contractors have completed the build back of the damaged areas.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. Learn more about Contents Restoration.

  •  Dry Cleaning
  •  Wet Cleaning
  •  Spray and Wipe
  •  Foam Cleaning
  •  Abrasive Cleaning
  •  Immersion Cleaning

Odor Removal and Deodorization

We are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. Our technical expertise and industrial grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment go well beyond simply masking odors and other shortcuts that don’t work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

  •  Odor Removal and Deodorization
  •  Air Scrubbers and Fogging Equipment

Sanitizing Treatments

Depending on the scenario, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to clean your property.

  •  Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Treatments
  •  Sanitizing and Disinfectant Treatments


We will remove and dispose of damaged materials with guidance from you and your insurance adjuster.

  •  Properly Dispose of Refuse

Back to Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Forward to Step 6: Restoration

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