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    How Crime-Scene Cleanups Work

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Violent crimes and suicides often leave a grisly, messy scene in their wake. Although the coroner will remove the dead body, it is generally the responsibility of the residents to clean up after the crime. However, since crime scenes can present biohazards, it is best to leave death cleanup to professionals. Professional crime scene cleaners take precautionary measures to ensure complete sterilization of the area and their own safety.


    Crime scene cleaners wear special gear to protect themselves from potentially hazardous material. They wear one-time-use suits, gloves, breathing masks, and boots that offer protection from chemical spills. Crime scene cleaners also use special equipment, such as heavy-duty biohazard waste containers to dispose of hazardous material, along with cleaning supplies like hospital-grade disinfectants. They also use razor blades to cut out damaged areas of carpet. Some of their equipment addresses foul odors, such as ozone machines and industrial-strength deodorizers.

    Biohazard Material

    A professional crime scene cleaner will treat every material as if it was carrying blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases. This includes blood, other bodily fluids, brain matter, etc. Every object that has these materials on it must be scrubbed clean and scrupulously disinfected. Some objects must be discarded, such as upholstery and carpet that has been soaked in blood. If maggots are present at the scene, the cleaning specialists must eliminate every single one.


    After disinfecting the entire area, the cleaning specialists must dispose of the biohazard material properly. Crime scene cleaners have a special permit that allows them to transport hazardous material. Then, they must have it burned in a medical waste incinerator. Proper cleanup and disposal are essential to making a space livable again.

    The cleaning specialists at Biohazard Response in Orlando, Florida have more than 23 years of experience in crime scene cleanup. Our team is fully licensed and insured. Contact us at (407) 277-0006 to discuss your homicide or suicide cleanup needs.

    Visit These Sites For More About Unattended Death And Hoarding Cleanup

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Here at Biohazard Response, our first-response cleanup services are available to help you cope with the most traumatic and difficult situations. For more information about unattended death and hoarding cleanup, be sure to visit these sites:

    If you need help dealing with the aftermath of an unattended death or hoarding situation, be sure to call Biohazard Response of Orlando at (407) 277-0006 for more information about our professional cleanup services. 

    The Health Risks of Confronting Hoarding Cleanup Yourself

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Hoarding is a mental disorder that describes the compulsion to collect any type of object in great quantities. After a hoarder gets the help that they need, the next task is to clean out the areas that have stored their possessions. For your own health, it is important to hire a professional biohazard cleaning service to perform the cleanup. Let’s take a look at the health risks of confronting hoarding cleanup yourself:

    Exposure to Disease

    In extreme hoarding situations, day-to-day cleaning and maintenance of the house has become impossible. The collected debris and items that have accumulated are ideal breeding grounds for disease pathogens that can be transmitted through the air or by contact with the skin. In addition, the toilets and sinks may have been rendered unusable. When you enter the house of a hoarder, you are putting yourself at risk to exposure to a hotbed of accumulated diseases.

    Risk of Injury

    Often, hoarders will arrange their items in tall stacks or large piles. When you try to move or dispose of heavier items, they can shift and fall, leading to serious injuries. Even smaller, lighter items that are stacked on the floor can cause you to trip and hurt yourself. When you negotiate through the cramped and overflowing spaces of a hoarding house without the proper tools and equipment, it is very easy to misstep and become injured.

    Fire Danger

    Some commonly hoarded items include newspapers, magazines, and other documents. This proliferation of paper in a small space creates an extreme fire risk. Typically, the cleanup of a hoarding situation will take several days. During that time, the windows, doors, and other evacuation routes can be blocked or compromised. If a fire ignites, it can be extremely dangerous or even possible to remove yourself quickly from the situation.

    If you are faced with the cleanup of a hoarding situation, don’t hesitate to call Biohazard Response at (407) 277-0006. Our experienced hoarding cleanup technicians are thorough, efficient, and professional.     


    Defining Unattended Death and How to Face It

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When coping with the death of a loved one, we are faced with challenging emotions and tough decisions. When death occurs unexpectedly, you will need additional help and support to clean up. Here is some information that will help you better understand what to do with facing an unattended death:

    Understanding an Unattended Death

    An unattended death describes an unexpected death or a death that occurs when a person is alone. This can include suicide, homicide, or the passing away of a loved one at home due to an illness. When you come across the scene of an unattended death, it can be an extremely traumatic and hard to face. By having a better understanding of what you should do when facing an unattended death, you can benefit from increased clarity and calm during this trying situation.

    Contact the Proper Authorities

    The first and most important thing you should do when at the scene of an unattended death is to call the proper authorities, such as the police or medical examiners. These professionals are specially trained in how to approach the scene of an unattended death. Depending on the circumstances, medical professionals and police officers will need to document and assess what happened to the deceased before cleanup and burial arrangements can begin.

    Find Acceptance

    When someone you love dies unexpectedly or alone, it can be especially difficult to come to terms with the circumstances of their passing. The reports from medical authorities and the police can help you find closure by telling you exactly what happened. As you move through the grieving process, be sure to reach out for support and care from your friends and loved ones.

    Here at Biohazard Response, our professional team is specially trained to help you cope with the aftermath of an unattended death. For more information about our first response cleanup services, call us at (407) 277-0006.

    Watch: Recognizing & Reacting to the Signs of Suicide

    Last updated 1 year ago

    In this video, Dr. Kim Curry describes the warning signs of suicide. One warning sign is if your loved one begins to discuss death or suicide on a regular basis. If someone you care about begins to talk about suicide or death, you should talk to the person, offer help, and show that you care. It is important to know that, while suicide can seem like a taboo subject, it is very important to feel comfortable talking about this difficult topic. Reaching out will help your loved one get the help that they need. For a closer look at suicide prevention, watch this video.

    At Biohazard Response, we offer help and support after the unexpected death of a loved one. Our cleaning and first response services are offered twenty-four hours a day. Call our Orlando location at (407) 277-0006 for more information. 

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