Water Damage

When disaster strikes, it is natural to want to clean a building or home and contents. Prompt action can help. However, incorrect or delayed action can jeopardize satisfactory restoration. Compiled by the National Institute of Fire Restoration, the following emergency tips may or may not be required. We suggest that you evaluate your circumstances and use those tips that pertain to your situation.

Water Damage


  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Check for possible bleeding.

  • Place aluminum foil, china saucers or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying in summer; open windows to speed drying in winter.

  • Remove Oriental carpets or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.

  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for complete drying.

  • Remove valuable oil paintings and art objects to a safe place.

  • Blot wet carpeting with clean white towels.

  • Be sure to stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

  • Call a professional restoration company like Sterling Quality Cleaners.



  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

  • Use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors especially wet, concrete floors.

  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.

We offer the most powerful truck-mounted equipment available. Portable units canít compare to our ability to pull water from deep in carpets and pads.

Our first priority is to move possessions out of harmís way, protecting furniture, valuables and stored goods from water damage.

Deodorizing eliminates unpleasant odors during the drying process. To prevent mildew and mold (the real culprits in water damage) we sanitize and protect your walls, floors and carpets.

We use a common sense approach to mold problems. Handled the Sterling Quality way, most mold problems can be resolved cost-effectively. Prevention is the best cure: fast action prevents mold! We are certified in mold remediation and these services are available when required.

Even after extraction, the dampness that remains in walls, structure and carpets can cause extensive damage. Our industrial dehumidifiers pull this moisture from the air (which often amounts to a surprising five gallons of water per day!)

Our powerful dryers are designed to blow under rugs to circulate air and speed the drying process.


After everything is completely dried out, we thoroughly clean all carpets providing satisfaction-guaranteed service.