Recovery Priority during the first 24-48 hours:
- Immediately rinse off rolls or cassettes if soaked by dirty water.
- Dry within 48 hours if stored in paper boxes. Otherwise, tapes may be stored for several days.
- Do not touch magnetic media with bare hands.
- Do not scratch the surface of exposed magnetic tape.
- Send to a commercial vendor for salvage. See also Salvage of Wet Videotapes.