With the holidays on their way, keeping your catering business running smoothly is a must. But when water damages your kitchen, you can't meet your customers' orders on time or safely. If you wait too long to clean up the water, mold and mildew can develop in your kitchen. Simply mopping up the water or allowing it to air dry won't keep mold and mildew from forming. Instead, you need to use a high-powered carpet dryer fan.
A carpet dryer fan is designed to dry large areas, such as wet tile, carpets, drywall, baseboards, and much more. The air released by the fan penetrates wet surfaces instead of just blowing across them. The fan operates in several modes, which you can set to dry the kitchen faster.
If you have a large kitchen, you should purchase at least three fans to dry up the water. Most home and garden stores sell carpet dryer fans in different sizes, but you should buy two large fans to dry the room and one medium fan to help circulate the air in the room.
After you obtain your fans, you must place them in the right locations around the kitchen. Here's what you do:
- Place one large fan in front of an opened window. The fan's motor and blades will pull fresh air from the window and push it throughout the kitchen.
- Place the medium-sized fan next to refrigerator. Refrigerators must release heat to work properly. This extra heat will keep the kitchen humid and damp if you don't circulate it properly.
- Place the second large fan in center of the kitchen. Position the blower or blades downward or facing the flooring so that the hot air blows or circulates upward or toward the ceiling.
You should leave the fans in place for at least two days. If the room still appears wet or damp, wait an additional day or so. After the room dries out, wash down the flooring and baseboards with an antimicrobial cleanser, such as white vinegar and warm water. Vinegar destroys mold growth.
Use the vinegar and water to wipe down your appliances, walls and any other surfaces that appear or feel damp with water. Mold and mildew can eventually grow on these surfaces if you don't take steps now.
If mold and mildew still grows in your kitchen after following the tips above, contact a water restoration company in your area.