No one wants to have to think about cleaning up a crime scene. If you’ve been touched by a violent crime in your life, crime scene clean up is truly the last thing you want to deal with. Luckily, we are here to take over the task so that you don’t have to worry about it.
For most people, the idea of cleaning up a crime scene is a disturbing concept. For crime scene clean up professionals, it’s a job that we take pride in. Did you know that until the 1990s crime scene clean up was usually a task undertaken by loved ones or family members? Here are some other things that you might not know about this line of work.
Our Teams are Versatile
Crime scene clean up teams are not limited to cleaning up after a violent crime. In fact, only a percentage of calls received by a disaster and recovery team are related to the clean up of a scene where a crime took place. The other tasks that these teams are qualified to do are numerous. These include things like mold remediation and the clean up that is required after a natural disaster affects a home or business. Other jobs include hoarding clean ups and decontamination after contamination from various pathogens.
Basically, we are qualified to take on pretty much any job that’s too big or intensive for traditional cleaning crews.
The Cleaning Supplies are Intense
For a disaster and recovery team, the cleaning supplies are turbocharged. We don’t use the regular things: soap, mops, and dustpans. Our gear is on a whole new level.
Because we regularly deal with bodily fluids such as blood, we need to first be able to identify any place that the blood may be—even when it’s not visible to the eye. For this, many crime scene clean up companies use a solution that glows bright white when it comes in contact with blood. This helps teams to be able to identify the presence of blood and thoroughly disinfect the area.
For materials such as brain matter, different cleaners are used. An enzyme cleaner can be useful for this, as it softens the material enough to allow it to be cleaned.
If biohazard material has seeped under a floorboard or into the fibers of a wall to wall carpet, demolition tools become necessary. Our crew travels with all of the tools needed to rip up flooring, dismantle built-in furniture elements, or get behind sheetrock. This is done to make sure that all hazardous material is able to be accessed and removed.
We Love Our Jobs
While it may seem odd to think that a crime scene clean up crew loves what they do, it’s true. At Shepherd’s Disaster and Recovery, we take pride in the work that we do. It’s immensely satisfying to be able to give a sense of peace and calm to those that are suffering. By restoring a space after a catastrophic event, we are able to serve those who need it most. And that’s something to feel good about.