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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

What Is Content Cleaning?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Clothing and other items that have been damaged, but not destroyed, due to a fire can sometimes be restored by dry-cleaning and other methods to remove soot and smoke smells. This process is called content cleaning.

What Types of Contents Can Be Cleaned?

Contents are classified as either hard or soft. Soft contents include items made from fabric and other soft materials:

  • Clothing
  • Leather goods
  • Bedding
  • Uniforms
  • Heirlooms

Hard contents include items such as furniture, electronics, collectibles, sports equipment and antiques. Whether the item is hard or soft and what type of material is its made from affects the cleaning method utilized.

Cleaning Methods
Content restoration professionals use different types of cleaning methods for different types of contents. Dry-cleaning is often used to remove light residues or pre-clean clothing. Wet cleaning can be used to remove heavy residues. Spray and wipe methods are used on items that may be damaged by wet cleaning. Foam cleaning is used for upholstery fabrics. Abrasive cleaning is used on some hard surfaces and immersion cleaning is used for contents that can be submerged in cleaning products.

Contents Analysis
After you contact a fire restoration company in Cookeville, to perform content cleaning, a team member will examine your property and determine which items are salvageable. Unsalvageable items need to be replaced.

Pack Up, Pack Out and Pack Back
If extensive restoration is needed, the restoration company can pack up and move your damaged items to their facility for cleaning. The items are then packed out and cleaned. The clean items are kept in content storage until they are ready to be packed back and delivered to the homeowner.
Dry-cleaning and other cleaning methods can be used by fire restoration professionals to restore some items damaged by fires. A content cleaning team in your area can assess the salvageability of your contents and save you money by restoring some items that would otherwise need to be replaced.

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