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In most cases of fire damage restoration Colorado, there are personal items that need to be cleaned and restored. Contents are the items found in a home for use or consumption, including appliances, furniture, food, and clothing.

Contents that have sustained significant damage must be removed from the property after a fire to prevent mold growth which can cause more damage to contents.

The following is an example list of common contents found in houses:

  • Appliances: Refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washers, dryers.
  • Furniture: Couches, armchairs, cabinets/closets.
  • Dressers, mattresses
  • Sectional sofas or loveseats with multiple components
  • Food: Cooked food, canned goods, cereal boxes, snacks
  • Clothing & linens: Closets, dressers/chests of drawers, bookshelves, or entertainment units
  • Flooring: Carpet, tile, hardwood floors, linoleum
  • Paintings, pictures
  • Books & Jewelry

At Colorado Fire Damage Solutions, we’re familiar with what has to be done with personal belongings in case of a fire. Not everything can be salvaged, and that’s something that you need to be aware of.

Call us today to learn more about our item cleaning services.

Post-Fire Personal Belonging Cleaning Process

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After your property has sustained fire damage restoration Colorado, you should get in touch with professionals for personal item cleanup. The cleanup process will involve the following steps:

Debris Removal and Disposal

First off, the professionals will remove debris from the site. This debris includes burnt materials that are no longer usable or needed in the home. It's important to remove the debris to clean the home.

Soot Removal by Vacuuming

After the debris is removed, stains will still remain on items that are exposed to smoke or firefighting chemicals that are toxic. Professionals use special vacuums to remove these stains. These vacuums are equipped with HEPA filters, which means the dust and debris they vacuum up are locked in. Blowing is the next step in the process. This works by using special equipment that sprays air on damaged items to remove soot particles. Professionals use this method because it's faster than vacuuming but not as thorough.

Soap-Based Cleaning Process

When all debris and soot is removed, professionals now proceed to clean the personal belongings using soap or detergent solutions. Some commonly used cleaning solutions are laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid. If the items are not made of cotton, wool, silk, or any plant materials, then it is better to use a mild detergent solution that doesn't contain harsh chemicals and agents. If the home or any portion of it was affected by fire, then there might be traces of bacteria and mold. Professionals use solutions that kill bacteria and remove odor from contaminated materials to prevent a bad situation from getting worse.


This is where the professionals will get rid of all smoke smells from your personal belongings so you can start fresh with your stuff. The smell of smoke tends to linger in fabrics and fabrics, which is why deodorizing is extremely important. Call us today to clean your belongings after fire damage .

What Must Be Thrown Away After a Fire?

In fire damage restoration Colorado, there are some things you can salvage and even reuse later. But then there are soةe items that you must throw away no matter what state they’re in.

Here are these items.

Non-Perishable Food

Non-perishable food exposed to smoke, firefighting chemicals, and heat must be thrown away.

If it smells like smoke, throw it out!


Honestly, if your TV and other electronics got wet or even a little bit of smoke damage, then you should just toss them. They will not come back to life, and they may even catch fire once you plug them in again. Just buy new ones.


This includes books, documents, papers of any sort that are irreplaceable or important to you. Just throw them away unless it’s something you really need to save.


If the fire reaches your medicine cabinet and they’re no longer safe for coىsumption, then you should just toss them out. Keep in mind that medicines have to be kept at certain temperatures or else they will not be effective. So, even if you keep the medicines after a fire, they may not be of any use.

Soot-Soaked Clothing

Throw away clothing that got wet with water or was covered in soot from the fire. If soot does not completely blacken the whole garment, you can try to wash it away.

Just wipe off soot with warm water and soap. Then use a mild detergent solution to wash the clothes in if there is still some left. Otherwise, you can skip the step and just dry clean them instead.

Textiles Exposed to Heat

There are some fabrics that can “wick” heat, which means it absorbs the heat so fast, it almost melts. These textiles include cotton t-shirts, silk dresses, and wool sweaters. These items can’t be saved, so don’t bother trying to save them. Just toss them out.


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You should throw away cosmetics, medicine, food items, paper, and post-fire clothing that isn’t salvageable.

You can save anything as long as it is clean and dry. This means washing it to ensure no dirt or chemical residue remains on the surface. Dry cleaning will further ensure that it is safe.

Yes, you can use things like vinegar and baking soda in bowls and leave them around your home to absorb any smoke smell. You can also put some lemon or orange peels in an oven-proof dish with a little bit of salt to release a sweet-smelling aroma.

Wash your clothes with a cupful of vinegar or baking soda. You can also try adding a half-teaspoon of liquid detergent and a couple of drops of essential oil for every load you run through the washing machine.