What You Should Do to Restore Home Contents After a Fire

Fires are one of the biggest disasters in the US. However, while some fires are an entire reduction, not all of them are. From time to time, fires are smaller in scale, causing partial structural damage. In these cases, the contents of this house can usually be salvaged. But even then, there is usually substantial smoke/soot harm to the contents of the home. When coping with house fire damage, always hire a professional restoration firm, such as PuroClean, that knows how to wash smoke damage from house contents. Here is how we can do it. 

The best way to wash smoke harm from contents:

1. Security comes first

The primary concern in every fire damage cleanup situation is security. Restoration professionals will take steps to be certain all workers and others entering a construction after a fire is safe. It is necessary that the construction is safe before the test and restoration. Learn more right here.

Also, remember that, after a fire, indoor air contains floating smoke and soot particles. Smoke/soot particles are Products of Incomplete Combustion (PIC). All these are carcinogens and are harmful. When cleaning up smoke/soot, it is important to wear a respirator, like an N-95 or N-100. Using gloves and other protective clothing will also protect against soot exposure. Ventilation is key to allowing contaminants in the atmosphere outside.

2. Assessing the damaged things

The next step is to determine which items must be cleaned and where, in addition to which items to drop. Price and classic value are key consideration factors. Professionals assess the affected items as promptly as possible, as soot can create further damage in a matter of hours or days, depending on the material.

Oftentimes, things that have never been damaged directly by the fire or by excessive heating should not be discarded. Fortunately, we understand how to clean smoke damage from salvageable products.

Most textile products like draperies and bedding will be taken to a laundry or dry-cleaning center. Other restorable items, such as furniture, might be cleaned within the house or delivered to an outside location.

Food items must be treated with care. Any open things should be thrown off. Unopened items in the original packaging which were away from the heat can be considered secure. If there is any doubt, throw the items away.

Remember that melted or stained plastic items can’t be restored, just cleaned.

3. Making an inventory

If a”pack out” (taking contents to a cleaning facility) is needed, our technicians will keep careful records for things taken, location of the items, and condition of the things when eliminated. In other cases, we may determine that conditions allow for cleaning and keeping the contents inside the house, or maybe the garage. An inventory of all discarded items is essential to receiving reimbursement when filing an insurance claim.

4. Cleaning the influenced contents

Our restoration experts will do testing to find out the appropriate product and mix ratio to utilize on each item. Today’s restoration professionals will use environmentally friendly products for all cleaning and restoration processes. This is an important consideration when choosing a restoration firm.

Then, they start to gently remove soot from each restorable thing — either at the home or another location. The cleaning method is dependent upon the product, such as furniture, kitchen utensils, dishes, toys, clothing, bedding, draperies, and more.

5. Removing the odor

Odor problems arrive with smoke/soot damage. After the cleaning procedure, the majority of the smoke odor will be eliminated. Yet, if there’s still a little odor, we might add a step to the restoration process. This may include ozone or hydroxyl deodorizing, as suitable. Find out more about smoke odor removal.

For fire and smoke damage restoration, get the PuroClean restoration pros!

When the contents of a home are ruined from smoke/soot, mitigating the fire damage, cleaning, and restoring the materials into their pre-loss state is a job for recovery professionals. PuroClean technicians know how to wash smoke damage from contents professionally and professionally. When you call us, we’ll mitigate the loss and revive your property using state-of-the-art equipment and methods. Find them here