Blog Post


May 31, 2018
4:18 PM

In the Quad Cities, disasters strike home and business owners every single day.

  • A fire that begins from a lit candle destroys a home.
  • A basement is flooded following a sump pump malfunction.
  • A sewer backup wrecks havoc.
  • A case of serious mold is discovered.

Each of these differing issues has one thing in common – the need for a comprehensive restoration work. This includes the need for contents cleaning – restoring items from electronics to furniture and from knick knacks to linens. Here are five misconceptions about the contents cleaning process.

Every project is handled in the same way.

Just as we know that fire and water leave different issues in their aftermath, the cleanup process for every job looks a bit different. These projects are never one-size-fits-all. “Every job is totally different,” explains Stephanie Reynolds, a team coordinator with three years of experience. This means that even different fires require a different plan of action. And professionals like Werner can ensure that the proper steps are being taken.

Everything can be done on-site.

In many cases, the first step of the restoration process is removing the contents from the location. This allows structural and repair work to take place. And it also allows the contents to undergo the cleaning process at a specialized location. For example, Werner has a special ultrasonic room that allows restoration of smaller items that can be sent through the five-piece station. Larger items may need a specialized plan for restoration. And soft items (like clothes, curtains and sheets) are cleaned separately.

Many items can’t be restored and must be replaced.

The Werner team can restore a wide variety of items – and each is done in a slightly different way. Many items won’t need to be replaced when working through the restoration process, which saves money and time. It’s incredible to see the scope of contents that professionals like Werner can restore.

Cleaning after a disaster is the same as general cleaning.

Companies that specialize in restoration work and contents cleaning have a much broader cleaning arsenal than what’s in your broom closet. This means that the technology and training of the Werner team can simply do more than spring cleaning.

Anyone can do it.

The aftermath of a disaster truly isn’t a DIY job. While home and business owners can certainly mop or vacuum, the scope of a restoration project is much broader and has many more complexities. The equipment and storage required for restoration work also means that it’s not something a standard cleaning service can handle. “It’s about decontamination,” Stephanie explains.That means it’s about getting the contaminants out of surfaces and contents. Because you wouldn’t want residual soot, mold, or bacteria left behind.

The bottom line

Cleaning contents is a vital aspect of the restoration process. And this means that an experienced team is very important. Learn more about Werner’s experience with contents cleaning.

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  • Water Damage

  • Flood Damage

  • Fire Damage

  • Storm Damage

  • Contents Cleaning

  • Mold Remediation

  • Trauma Cleanup

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