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What Is Content Cleaning After a Fire?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

A fire damage in a home SERVPRO has trained restoration technicians ready to help after fire damage.

After A Fire, What Is Content Cleaning?

When a fire occurs in your home in Estero, FL, the cleanup process can seem daunting. Dry-cleaning can be used on some items but not others. Understanding what often can be restored and what is often removed can give you a better idea of what to expect after a fire.

1. Evaluation

Once the fire is extinguished and the home is safe to enter, the process of evaluating what items are beyond repair and what can be cleaned or restored. Often, it’s helpful to have restoration professionals enter your home and evaluate your items, since experts will have an understanding of how items can be restored. The evaluation process will likely be quicker when performed by fire restoration experts.

2. Removal

After items have been assessed, professionals will then work to safely remove items that cannot be cleaned or restored. It’s often important for professionals to complete this task, as they will generally know how not to disturb soot and will have equipment to ensure their respiration isn’t affected by soot. Items that can be cleaned or restored will also be removed from the home and will be put into content storage.

3. Restoration

Your belongings that can be restored will go on to receive treatments such as dry-cleaning, a method used to clean items that are only minorly affected by soot, after they have been removed from the home. Experts will determine the best type of treatment for your belongings depending on the amount of damage each item has sustained. Items such as electronics, documents and clothing will be thoroughly examined, and then your belongings will be cleaned and sanitized before they are returned to you.

Knowing that content cleaning involves assessing, removing and restoring some items, either with dry-cleaning or other types of cleaning, can help you feel more at ease throughout the process. If your home is affected by a fire, it can be helpful to work with fire damage restoration professionals.

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