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How Is the Viability of My Content Assessed Once It’s Been Damaged?

Feb 2, 2024 | Contents Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water Damage Restoration

After a fire, there’s a lot to think of. From structural damage to content and property damage, knowing what you should focus on can be hard. While there is only so much you can do about the damage done to your property, there is something you can do about content damage. Through content restoration, you can recover your items as long as you react promptly. However, it’s still vital to understand that the damage your content has sustained may affect the success of restoration. Find out about our smoke damage restoration service.

How Is the Viability of My Content Assessed Once It’s Been Damaged?

To determine how likely it is that something can be restored, we look at a few different things. Smoke is one of the biggest factors affecting an item’s viability. Other factors that come into play are the temperature and whether the fire was smoldering or blazing. A larger fire will produce more heat and smoke and likely cause more damage, whereas a fire that is only smoldering may be less damaging. If the content was removed from the premises immediately, it has a much higher chance of being restored than content left at the site for several days or weeks. The longer your content is left in or near the damage, the less likely it is that restoration will be possible.

How Does Smoke Damage Content?

Smoke often does the most damage to your belongings, no matter what material they are made out of. Carpet, upholstery, and curtains can be discolored and permanently stained by smoke. Even clothing may appear yellow and discolored. Of course, the lighter the color of your furniture or fabrics, the more obvious the staining will be. Even materials such as porcelain, wood, and plastic may quickly discolor if left too long. Smoke leaves behind an odor that is hard to get rid of. It quickly attaches itself to porous materials and fabrics, making removing the scent of smoke very difficult even after several washes. As smoke may often carry other harmful chemicals, it’s vital to ensure your content is washed using special cleaning agents.

How Can I Reverse Smoke Damage?

Depending on what type of material your content is, smoke damage may be harder to reverse. So, while you may try to react quickly on your own, if you don’t have the proper knowledge or tools to treat your content, you may end up unintentionally causing further damage. Vacuuming soot off upholstery, carpeting, or other materials will worsen the damage as it forces chemicals and even soot particles to burrow deeper into the fabric. Despite how it may look, hand washing or sanitizing content at home may not remove harmful chemicals from your content and leave you exposed to hazardous chemicals. As treating damaged content is a precarious process, it’s best to leave the work to our professionally trained staff, who can assess and treat your content properly.

What Can Be Restored? 

When content is brought to our professionals, the odds of restoration are higher. This being said, not everything can be restored, even by professionals. It depends on the type of content and how much damage has been sustained. If you react quickly and bring your content in to be restored, most things can be restored. Electronics, furniture, documents, heirlooms, photos, and even artwork are all commonly restored items. As long as you react quickly, most things can be brought back to life even after they’ve sustained fire damage.


Any material can be damaged during a fire. Even if the flames never touch your things, the lasting smoke and temperature damage will need to be addressed quickly to ensure that your content can be restored. It’s important that you act quickly, though, as even slight damage can become irreversible if left too long.

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Fire, water, mold damage, and natural disasters and accidents can occur anytime. Act quickly to recover and restore your damaged possessions. With our state-of-the-art contents cleaning trailer, we can clean much of your damaged personal property on-site.

We provide Contents Restoration to homes and businesses in Mankato and all of Southern Minnesota, including FaribaultLake CrystalNew UlmNorth MankatoOwatonnaSaint Peter, and Waseca.