• How Does Fabric Restoration Work?

    Textile restoration is a specialized skill that mitigates damage done to garments, fabrics and soft goods that have been affected by loss, typically fire, smoke, flood, and storms. Each individual’s needs are particular to the loss they suffer, but the process of restoration tends to follow a similar approach.

    Once a detailed inventory has been taken of all items to be restored, each piece is placed into an appropriate category according to its damage and care label. Each item is then restored taking into consideration the type of fabric and what caused the damage.

    SMOKE DAMAGE

    All heavily smoke damaged items are “ozoned” to remove odors that will not come out with washing or dry cleaning and would otherwise remain embedded in the fibers. The ozone process is a slow and careful one because it takes time for the gases to pass through the fibers of the garments. Each item is then cleaned ensuring the best possible odor elimination.

    WATER DAMAGE

    Mold and mildew present a real problem if dampness is not treated immediately, so the sooner textile restoration can start on water-damaged items, the better. This is even more critical in areas with high temperatures and humidity Items are first air-dried, which may salvage any dry clean only pieces that have been subject to excessive moisture or water. Each item is then cleaned, either according to its care label or to industry standards. After cleaning and processing, items remaining with a smoky odor are placed in an ozone chamber.

    WATER DAMAGE

    The textile restoration process typically starts by vacuuming each piece with a HEPA Vac. The vacuum does not remove all contaminants but does eliminate the external superficial kind. To kill bacteria, additives are used in both the dry cleaning and washing processes, during which it is imperative the temperature reach a certain level. High temperatures must be used, so it’s possible that some fabrics that call for cold water wash may shrink or lose color. Items may be placed in an ozone chamber, if needed, for odor removal.