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How Restoration Experts Clean Fire-Damaged Items

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

A MAC computer charger cord caused this kitchen fire. Restoration experts use a variety of methods to salvage fire-damaged items.

What You Need to Know About Restoring Contents Cleaning 

The process for cleaning your home in Gardere, LA after a fire is pretty straightforward, but each item in your home must also be cleaned, and content storage is often necessary until it can be restored. Restoration experts use a variety of methods to salvage fire-damaged items. Some of your belongings benefit from dry-cleaning while others fare better with ultrasonic cleaning methods. The best method depends on each particular item.

Porous Items

Items such as untreated wood or cardboard and many items of furniture have tiny pockets of space where soot and smoke can really permeate the surface. Because of this, content cleaning of porous items is typically more difficult. If a couch was significantly permeated with smoke and soot, for example, it may not be salvageable. If the item cannot be cleaned, it is best to throw it out and replace it.

Textiles

When you have a home fire, your clothing and other textiles are likely to be affected by smoke and soot even if they were not in the area where the fire occurred. You home likely contains many different textiles:

• Clothing
• Sheet sets
• Comforters and pillow shams
• Draperies
• Bath linens

The good news is that, as long as the items were not actually damaged by the fire, dry-cleaning will most likely restore them completely. In addition to your wardrobe, you can also dry clean curtains and linens if necessary.

Non-Porous Items

Items made from most metals, glass, varnished wood and plastic are usually non-porous. To clean these items, they are immersed in a cleaning liquid. Then, ultrasonic vibrations are used to produce sound waves that create and burst tiny bubbles. This process is called cavitation, and it allows the cleaning action to remove soot from the items, restoring them to their previous state.

Certified restoration experts are trained to analyze each item's damage and determine whether it can be cleaned and, if so, how it should be cleaned, whether by dry-cleaning or another method. You can rely on the expertise of the professionals who handle your fire restoration.

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