The condition of a crime scene can range from somewhat manageable to complete chaos. Once the police are done with the site, it’s time to think about taking care of the cleaning. There’s no doubt that hiring a service with plenty of experience related to crime scene cleanup is the way to go. Here is part of what you can expect a team of crime scene cleaning specialist to do on your behalf.
Before any definite plans can be made, someone from the crime scene cleanup service will need to take a look at the site. The goal is to get an idea of what sort of cleaning has to be done. During that quick examination, the cleaning specialist will take care to not touch, move, or otherwise disturb anything.
The information gathered during the short visit will make it easier to provide some sort of estimate on the cleanup cost. That cost may or may not be definite. Once the cleaning is underway, additional issues may be discovered. If so, you can rest assured that the cleanup service will make sure you know about them.
Most crime scenes will have some sort of body fluids present. The most common fluid is blood. However, there could also be urine, saliva, and other biological hazards within the space. Each of those hazards represents potential harm to anyone who enters the area.
As the cleanup gets underway, removing body fluids and other biological material is a priority. The team of specialists handling the task will be equipped with everything from bio-hazard suits to gloves to masks. That allows them to quickly move through space, collect fluids that have not soaked into anything in the room, and then prepare for the next step in the cleanup.
Even with the help of experts, there could be some elements in the space that have to be hauled away and destroyed in an environmentally safe manner. That’s because blood or other body fluids have saturated those furnishings and it would be impossible to decontaminate them. The only safe alternative is to get rid of those items.
Rest assured that the cleanup team will rescue everything possible. If the contamination is only surface deep, there’s a good chance it can be salvaged. Each specialist of the team recognises the need to restore as much of the scene as possible. If it’s necessary to remove and destroy anything, it's only done after careful consideration.
While removing things that can’t be salvaged and cleaning all the remaining surfaces helps a lot, there’s still likely to be a lingering odour within the space. Before the team of cleaning specialists considers the job done, they will make efforts to disinfect the space. This is important, since there could still be airborne contaminants present even after all the other cleaning. Once that’s done, the scent should be gone.