How to Clean Up Your Home After a Hurricane Strikes

The CDC advises wearing protective gear like face masks, gloves and goggles.

After a hurricane strikes, it is vital to follow these important steps when cleaning up your home.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises having "the right safety gear,” including face masks, goggles and gloves. 

To prevent mold growth, the CDC recommends throwing away "anything that you can't clean or dry quickly," and using soap and water on affected surfaces before spraying them with a bleach solution. 

If there is water on a carpet, there is high risk of mold since it soaks

The best bet is to rip up the carpet with a knife, cut it in sections and throw it away. 

After cleaning, wash the clothes you wore during the cleanup separately from uncontaminated clothes, according to the CDC recommendations.