In the specialty field of death cleaning, household cleaning chemicals don’t offer enough substantial power to tackle post mortem situations. Sodium Hypochlorite would be the only cleaner under your sink strong enough to guaranty disinfection. Also known as bleach, this compound used for centuries has proven itself time after time. Many in the death cleaning industry frown on using household bleach; however, each time a new virus or bacteria shows up; Sodium Hypochlorite is the first choice to extinguish the problem. Want a tried and true dividend stock? Clorox will be around long after most of us are gone. All the rest of the chemicals under your sink will not make the grade for cleaning up the after-effects of death.
Four classes of cleaning chemicals
- Detergents – a water-soluble agent that combines with impurities and dirt to losing them from surfaces.
- Degreasers – a chemical that cuts through oils, grime, and fat to reveal on the surface.
- Abrasives – a cleaning compound used to polish or clean by abrasion.
- Acid – a chemical that neutralizes alkalis.
The first three are the most used in the crime scene cleanup business. Upon entering an area where a death has taken place, all surfaces likely contaminated with some types of residue; dust, skin, blood, bone, gun powder, bacteria, or virus. Any hard surfaces such as floors, walls, furniture, and personal items are clean with two types of chemicals. Aftercare uses a three-step wipe down starting with a detergent to remove debris from the surface. This process will redo twice, then the third wipedown with a hospital strength disinfectant. Personal items may not be salvageable depends on the amount of damage. Most soft materials such as curtains, bedding, clothes, and carpet will get disposed of as biohazard. Degreasers are used mostly in unattended death situations, in which a body goes days or even months without being discovered. In this type of cleanup, bodily fluids not only contain blood but a large volume of fats. Degreasers, Abrasives, and Enzymes are very important to break down grime so that you can get a clean surface. You can not apply disinfectants over contaminated surfaces.
There are hundreds of cleaning chemicals available to crime scene cleaners today. Many of these chemicals are very harsh and will destroy fabrics, wood, and paint. Make sure you always test before applying any cleaner to surfaces. Many death cleaners are switching to natural cleaners to combat blood and disease.
AFTERCARE uses both depending on the request of our clients. Since 1999, AFTERCARE has cleaned up over2,600 death scenes throughout the seven cities of Hampton Roads, Virginia. If you require a business with the most experienced technicians in blood and disease disinfection, we are available to you 24 hours a day, 365 a year. Operators are standing by to assist you. (757) 535-4367 .