What Happens to my Furniture During the Restoration Process?

Learn how the pros restore furniture after water or fire damage.

What Happens to my Furniture During the Restoration Process?

When you have experienced major fire or water damage to your home, it’s likely your furniture and possessions were damaged, too. In addition to restoring your home, you will also need assistance restoring your salvageable furniture (commonly referred to as “contents”). The good news is many restoration contractors can assist with both.


Packing up and Storing

The process of restoring furniture begins with you, the homeowner. You will be asked to go from room to room tagging items that are salvageable or non-salvageable. The non-salvageable items will be inventoried, photographed and discarded appropriately. The salvageable items will also be inventoried and photographed before being packed, secured and moved to an offsite, climate-controlled storage facility where they will be cleaned and stored until your home repairs are completed.   

Cleaning the Contents

The cleaning process varies depending on the type of damage (water or fire).


For water damage restoration, furniture may be stripped down and replaced with new springs and webbing. For the materials themselves, an Esporta Wash system may be used. This system (used for soft items like sporting equipment, stuffed animals and cushions) uses hydraulic action and powerful detergents to deep clean the material in a way that is effective yet gentle. Dehumidifiers and air movers may also be used to dry out the furniture and remove moisture.


For fire damage, there are several tools and methods a contractor may use including:

  • Ultrasonic cleaning (for soot stains) - pushes water and/or detergent deep into soot-stained material to reach difficult nooks and crannies.
  • Freeze-drying and lyophilization (moisture removal) - helps remove moisture and toxins from fire via vacuum, preventing further damage from happening.
  • Oxidizing/ozone treatments (odor removal) - removes smells from hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal fogging - infiltrates pores and affected materials to remove smoke odors.
  • Vacuum scrub ducts and dry cleaning sponges - may also be used to clean up additional soot.

Once the contents cleaning and restoration work are completed, your contractor will move the furniture back into the home safely and carefully.


The information and advice contained in this article is intended as a general guide for informational purposes only. It does not take into account your personal situation. While we at Resolve have significant experience and history operating in the home restoration industry and working closely with construction contractors, we are not licensed as a general or specialty contractor. We encourage you to consider the information we’ve provided but urge you not to rely upon it in place of appropriate professional advice from a licensed, experienced construction contractor.





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