In the event of a house fire, professional clean-up from top to bottom is a must. Thankfully, at Complete Detail, we have experience and the know-how when it comes to content cleaning. We know how to get your home clean after a fire. In addition to ceilings and walls, we’ll also entirely clean contents of your home. Therefore, our dedicated crew will thoroughly clean and deodorized your entire home.
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To be sure, our content cleaning company can assess the degree of contamination. Then, steps can be taken to address what needs to be cleaned. Our crews carefully and thoroughly clean all contents. Please, trust our experts to minimize your loss for you and help keep the stress level down.
The Content Cleaning Process
When it comes to a complete content cleaning, there is much involved in the process. The basic outline of what happens is as follows:
- We always begin with an overview of contents
- Determine what is salvageable and what needs discarded
- Photographing of individual contents and damage
- Creating a master Inventory
- Contents packed securely and taken from site
- Contents unpacked and individually cleaned
- Finally, contents are packed up and moved back to your home
Commonly Asked Questions:
What is Content Cleaning?
After a fire in your home, you will want your restoration company to perform what is called a content cleaning, or literally, cleaning ALL things contained in your home. This is necessary because they will likely be smoked damaged or have a strong smoke odor to the item. When the cleaners pack up your contents, they ensure each item is photographed, written down and packed carefully.
What is Included in Content Cleaning?
Whenever a company tells you they do content cleaning, it usually includes (but is not limited to) the following items found in a home:
Fine art: We know, priceless works of art being damaged is a nightmare, especially if they are family heirlooms. Thankfully, there are several things that can be done to salvage a piece of artwork. Professionals know how to cleanup things like paintings, photographs, statues, murals and even taxidermy.
Document recovery: During a house fire, things inside your wallet (driver’s license, credit and debit cards money) may have been damaged. Is it possible to recover or restore these items? Yes! When you hire a content restoration specialist, they understand to and have experience with restoring delicate things such as documents. Even charred and shredded documents have a likelihood of being restored.
Electronics: If you’ve already tried all the internet tricks to restore your electronics and yet they remain lifeless and unresponsive, call a contents damage specialist. We will later discuss electronics specifically and the different ways smoke affects them. However, even if the damage to electronics seems hopeless, the recovery of data is still possible.
Other items: You may start to realize how detailed a content cleaning company is when they get to your kitchen. They will itemize and clean down to the very last fork in your home! Other items like toys furniture and clothing fall into this category and will be cleaned. Doing all the cleaning and deodorizing on your own may as well be impossible. Each item will need a different cleaning technique, not to mention cleaning chemical. This intricate and time-consuming job is best left to those who do it all the time! Even diligent attempts can lead to lingering smoke odor or moisture, which leads to disappointment and frustration.
Can Smoke Effect Your Health?
Smoke and soot is absorbed and settles on everything in your home from furniture to carpet to curtains and clothing. Sadly, if not taken care of properly, it can lead to health issues. Soot is very toxic and can easily penetrate lungs, skin and eyes. Minor symptoms can include watery eye, runny nose or a cough. However, more serious issues can arise. For example, some may develop a persistent cough, upper respiratory problems, complications related to heart conditions, and a compromised immune system. If you are concerned about the well being and safety of your family, it is important to ask for professional fire and smoke restoration services. These companies have the equipment and experience to not only evaluate a situation, but rid your home of smoke damage. Then end result will be a safe home with clean air for all to breathe.
Will Smoke Damage Cause Discoloration?
After a house fire, extreme measures need to be taken to get your home back into shape. Any delay can actually end in the discoloration of your home. In a matter of days, ash and soot (left alone) will eventually lead to permanent discoloration of walls, ceilings, wood, vinyl, or anything it is resting on. Additionally, the ash can cause corrosion of different metals in your home (remember the aforementioned corrosion of electronics?). Depending on the metal affected, it not only can lead to discoloration, but damage to structural integrity as well. To keep this from happening, hire a restoration professional (like Complete Detail!!) as soon as damage occurs. The earlier start on a project like this, the higher the likelihood of permanent damage being prevented will be.
Why Do Smoke Odors Linger?
Have you ever sat around a campfire one night, only to go home and notice how strong the smell of smoke is on your clothing. Therein lies an example of just how pungent and long lasting the effects of smoke odor can be. Now imagine the smell that would come from a house fire! Because of how intense smoke smell is, it will last a very long time in your home without the proper professional care. Immediately after a fire, it is important to call someone who cleans contents of a home. This will ensure fresh, clean air as well as fresh and clean belongings.
Can Smoke Damage My Electronics?
Yes, smoke can have several negative effects on your electronics. Let us explore some of the more common instances:
- Corrosion: Did you know soot is acidic? Therefore, like most acids, soot can cause surface corrosion on your electronic household items. This, in turn, will shorten the products lifespan.
- Insulation: Have you ever noticed the black film that soot leaves behind on surfaces? Now imagine that films covering certain parts of electronic wires and vents. Soon, your electronics device will overheat. This could lead to the release of toxic fumes and electronic failure and even a fire.
- Magnetization: Surprisingly, smoke damage to electronics can even lead to the short circuit of the electronic device.
Can a Professional Get Rid of Smoke Smell in Clothing?
Many find it a challenge to completely remove the smell of smoke from clothing, but in the process make things worse. For example, we admit that treating clothing as soon as possible id key to removing the smell. However, it is not a good idea to throw clothing into the washer and then the dryer. Why not? Putting clothing into a dryer after it has been exposed to excessive smoke will only make the smell set in. The heat from the dryer will cause the smell to become almost impossible to get out. Many professionals will recommend soaking clothing in warm water, using detergent or white vinegar and making sure to soak overnight. The next morning, rinse and see if the smell remains. If so, repeat process until smoke smell has lifted. Only then is it okay to put clothes into washer and then dryer.
If you’ve tried the soaking and repeating method and still have a lingering scent, your best bet is to contact a professional. They have access to equipment that will perform what is called an ozone treatment. This treatment breaks up smoke molecules embedded in fabric. If you wish, talking to your local dry cleaner is also a good idea. They can try using different things to deodorize your clothing.
Content Cleaning Costs
Typical costs for clean-up after a fire can be anywhere between $3,000 and $26,000. However, smoke remediation itself (which includes content cleaning) can cost between $200 to $1,000. All of this, of course, is depending on how much furniture, clothing and carpet requires cleaning and deodorizing.
To be sure, Complete Detail recognizes how traumatic a fire can be for you and your family. Let us take care of you every step of the way. Call us today for any questions or concerns at (937) 507-2927. You may also wish to visit our Contact Us web page.