How Content Cleaning Can Help Restore Your Precious Home

Disasters happen all the time. Of course, it’s possible to prepare for these disasters ahead of time, but no one knows when floods, fires, or other disasters will strike, leaving most people extremely vulnerable.

If you find yourself in the aftermath of a disaster, staring at the remains of your ruined home, you might already be worrying about how you can start anew. 

Depending on the situation, you may not have to go that far to restore your home and your precious belongings. You can also opt for content cleaning and pack-out services.

What Is Content Cleaning?

Content cleaning is a sub-service of post-disaster cleaning, wherein the homeowners can have their important belongings salvaged from the remains of their homes. Content cleaning involves water damage restoration, mold remediation, furniture repair, and fire and smoke damage restoration.

After the disaster, cleaning service providers will work to remove and preserve the homeowners’ possessions regardless of the house’s state. Then they will clean, sanitize, and deodorize the items to restore them to their previous state. 

In the case of content cleaning, cleaning service providers categorize items into two groups: hard contents and soft contents. Hard contents refer to electronics, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and business inventories. Meanwhile, soft contents cover clothing, beddings, leather goods, and family heirlooms. 

What Is the Process Involved with Content Cleaning?

  • Step One: Inspection

Before proceeding with cleaning and restoration, the cleaning service provider will first inspect the remains of the home.

The inspection should cover the structure and the damaged items. During this process, the cleaners can determine which items can be salvaged and restored. 

It’s also worth noting that the cleaners may also take pictures of the affected items for reference. They will use these pictures to determine the cleaning methods and restoration processes. 

  • Step Two: Pack-Out

After the cleaners have inspected and taken pictures of your home, they will then take inventory and professionally pack up all of your belongings. Don’t fret; most cleaners will separate the items into categories and label each box or container to ensure that nothing goes missing in the process.

During this time, the cleaners will make a list of items they think they can restore and inform you, the client.

In some instances, cleaners may treat the items on-site, like when an item only needs smoke damage restoration services. However, the cleaners will often ship the items to their facility to thoroughly treat them.

  • Step Three: Cleaning and Restoration

Once the items arrive at the facility, the cleaners will begin the cleaning and restoration process, which involves cleaning the items, sanitizing them, refreshing their color and texture, and then drying them out. The process will vary depending on the type of damage, the material, and the extent of the damage.

For example, if your items need water damage restoration services, the cleaners will first isolate the wet locations or extract any liquid from the item.

The following specialized procedures will depend on the cleaning company of your choice, but your item will likely go through critical surface cleaning and dry cleaning, dry out, and disinfection.

Completion of Service

After cleaning and restoring all of your items, the cleaners will meticulously pack up each one, following the same procedure as the pack-out process. The cleaners will categorize your belongings and box and label them accordingly.

Delivery varies based on your current situation. If you’re still not ready to move into your former or new home, then the cleaners may offer to store your items in the meantime. However, you can expect your items to arrive promptly if you are ready.


Now, as you can see, content cleaning is an extensive, multi-step process that functions to bring items back to their pre-disaster state. While it may take time, content cleaning may help you save more money than starting fresh. 

If you’re looking for dependable damage restoration services in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura, contact Restoration Masters. We offer restoration to items that have suffered through flood, fire, and water damages. Moreover, emergency services are available to those who are in need of it. Get in touch with us today.

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