If your home has been through a fire, you may be wondering whether it’s possible to save an of your items. The good news: It is possible to salvage items that were in a fire. However, some items may need to be replaced entirely and can’t be saved. Here’s what you need to know after a house fire.

Is it Possible to Salvage Items That Were in a Fire?

There are several items that, if they’re not burned, you can salvage after a fire. Some of the most commonly saved items include:

  • Hard, nonporous items like glass and metal
  • Washable cloth items, such as clothing, furnishings and curtains

Related: Information on fire and smoke damage

Salvaging Hard, Nonporous Items After a Fire

Metal is tough – and in some cases, so is glass. And neither of those materials will absorb smoke damage, though they may attract soot. Fortunately, you can usually clean metal and glass items and get them like-new again. 

Pro Tip: Soak glass items in a vinegar and dish soap mixture, or in a blend of white vinegar and baking soda, to get rid of fire-related stains. 

Salvaging Washable Cloth Items After a Fire

It’s entirely possible to salvage clothing, bedding and other textiles after a fire – but they need to be properly cleaned and disinfected. Remember, they may have attracted a significant amount of smoke and soot, and they may have gotten wet when firefighters were working. You should send your clothing and bedding to professionals for cleaning after a fire.

Related: How to keep birds out of your dryer vent

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If your home has already been damaged, we can help. Check out our services and call 734-352-9183 for your free disaster remediation quote today. We offer:

Water damage restoration

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