The Iowa Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health recommends the following steps be taken in Cleaning and Disinfecting After a Flood (available at www.cityofhawarden.com).:
Make sure the item is in good repair. Items that have been torn, splintered, cracked, broken, dented, etc. should be discarded and replaced.
To clean small items soaked by flood waters that are porous, will absorb water, such as needing, clothing, stuffed animals, etc., pre-soak items in cold water before machine