The Danger of Improperly Cleaning a Trauma Scene

trauma sceneDeath and other tragic events happen every day, but improper trauma scene cleanup can make a tragic event even worse. Proper cleanup not only restores a home or area, it also helps with the bereavement process and prevents hidden dangers like blood-borne pathogens from being released into the air. Improperly cleaned blood, human waste and other bio-hazards pose a continual health risk to both people inside and outside of a home or area. This means that when bio-hazards or biological materials are present, a professional cleaning team must be called in.

Bio-hazards are present after every death, so if you lose a family member, don’t be tempted to clean it up yourself or hire someone other than a professional to do the job. In the end, it will cost more and pose a serious threat to the safety of others. Below are a few reasons why professionals should be the only ones to clean up a trauma scene.

Restores a Home to a Habitable State

Blood and other bodily fluids can seep into floorboards, furniture, walls and more within minutes. This could compromise the quality of living in a home, the safety of the inhabitants and even the state of the home itself. However, professional trauma scene cleaning can make a home habitable again. Professionals are knowledgeable about where to clean and how to get rid of bio-hazardous materials and pathogens. Plus, professional cleaners know that you must also clean and decontaminate the under structure of a building when bio-materials are present – something most people don’t know and are unable to do.

Eliminates Hazardous Materials Safely

Sweat, blood, bodily fluids, waste and tissue fluids are classified as bio-hazards or hazardous materials. These materials can contaminate floors and other surfaces in a home or room. Not only that, anyone who has contact with these materials can spread them to other surfaces and areas.

It doesn’t matter if the fluids come from a deceased person or not, they must be cleaned properly with the proper equipment. Professional trauma scene cleaners use specialized cleaning agents and disposal equipment that is disposed of immediately following a cleanup. For example, they use broad-spectrum disinfectant to disinfect microbial and biological pathogens.

Protect Themselves

Improper cleaning of bio-hazardous materials affects everyone, especially the cleaners. Pros like our team at Brothers in Grime know how to protect themselves and wear special suits during the cleaning process and during a scene assessment. Professional physical assessments are needed to determine the proper cleaning approach and the extent of any damage. These assessments measure:

  • The level of contamination
  • Scouring and stain removal requirements
  • Safety requirements and environmental considerations
  • Sanitation requirements
  • Special preservation or disposal of certain items

Assessments ensure a safe and efficient cleaning process for the cleaners. They also provide time for planning and going over the fine details of the cleaning process. This will help ensure the environment is safe for cleaners as well as for all future residents or visitors. Please call us if you need help with a trauma scene cleaning.