When you see your home filled with muddy and dirty water, you think about your hard-earned properties like gadgets and high-end appliances for a moment but then after that, you suddenly remember the even more important things which you could have lost to the flood, your documents, and that’s when you begin to panic and you start to try o find them one by one.
The bright side about this situation is that you can have a good remedy to get your documents clean and dry once again. Through document drying. Document drying is the process wherein you allow your wet documents to dry up with the purpose of restoring them. This article will help give you easy and basic document drying tips and some surefire reminders for a successful document drying process!
Social documents and identification cards : These consist of your marriage certificates, important contracts, bills, and the like. The first thing you will need to do is to take them out of the muddy water. Lay them all on a dry flat surface then evaluate the damage done. Some text documents manage to remain readable while some do not. If you can still read the text, proceed. Otherwise, you will need to give them up and consider replacement or your restoration efforts will be put to waste.
For restorable documents, you will need to air dry them. You could either hang them outside or in front of a fan. You can also dry them using a hair blower. Just be extra careful to avoid accidental electrocution. When completely dry, lay them on a dry flat surface again until they go back to their original form. Some use a flat iron to make paper documents appear stiffer. This can be a good idea as long as the air drying has been done.
Photographs : You treasure your photographs more than your plasma television because of the happy memory that it could bring you in an instant. Who would not want to remember how it felt to hold your newly born little girl and what it first felt like to be a new dad? Through document drying, saving your photographs will not be as difficult and costly as you thought. Document drying can be done at your own means even without restoration personnel. First, take all photographs out of the water. Try to evaluate the water damage done. If you can still identify the images, consider the photograph as restorable.
Otherwise, you have no choice but to really bring it to restoration professionals. If the photographs are restorable, place them on a flat and dry surface. You can use blotting paper or paper towel to speed up the water absorption. Place the blotting paper, one at a time , first on the front side then later on, on the backside. Once dry, make sure that you allow at least a day to keep them completely moisture-free. Do not put them back into frames or photo albums yet. You also need to avoid drying them out directly under the sun as this can cause your photographs to fold and lose its quality texture.
See? Document drying is as easy as ABC! There is no need to worry for as long as you follow the basic document drying tips above. This will keep all-important documents as well as your good memories as your keepsakes forever.
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