Without a doubt, one of the most testing parts of ICE cleanings services is a trauma or crime scene clean-up. Suicides, undetected passing’s, murders and unexpected deaths are, unfortunately, something we are consistently approached to help with.

Sadly, violent crimes can arise in areas where the public frequently travel, play with children and relax. Many people often end up witnessing a crime taking place when they are out in public; life will never quite be the same for them.

This is why returning a crime scene area back to the way it looked prior to the incident is so important, thus to not trigger anyone if they were to have witnessed the incident and then return to the same area. 

For most, cleaning up after the death of a loved one is an unthinkable task charged with emotion and confusion. On top of that, most individuals are not equipped or prepared to take on such a precarious situation. This is why many people turn to a crime scene cleaning company for help.

Crime scene cleaners, also referred to as forensic cleaners or bioremediation specialists, are the ones who sanitise and decontaminate a crime scene after trauma has taken place. There is a common misconception that the clean-up of a crime scene falls to the emergency services, usually the police to deal with the matter.

However, within the UK crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers do not have the knowledge or equipment to safely decontaminate a scene of a crime, at a time of immense distress, it may surprise you to learn that it is the property owner’s responsibility to clean the scene of a crime, if the incident happened on your property or it is the council’s responsibility if the incident happened on public property. 

Homeowners (or next of kin), landlords and business owners are obligated to organise and financially pay for all crime scene cleaning costs. Some insurance policies do cover trauma or crime scene cleaning, but there is no guarantee.

This type of cleaning needs to commence as soon as possible to stop any form of cross-contamination, keep businesses going and to not elongate any pain for family members and friends. Any crime scene cleaning service cannot commence until the police and investigators are completely finished with their work, and the police have signed off the premise allowing a cleaning service to start.

Biohazard crime scene clean-up

Crime scene cleaning occurs immediately after the crime scene investigators are finished with their assessment. One of the most important jobs for the crime scene cleaners to deal with is potential biohazardous materials, such as bodily fluids and blood. Ensuring that extreme procedures are in place to protect passing public members from the hidden dangers of bloodborne pathogens. 

specialist technician assessing the hazards of a crime scene

Who cleans up blood at a crime scene?

When an incident occurs in a public place, there is an incorrect analogy that many believe you can just “hose down the blood” and all danger associated with the incident are now gone.

Unfortunately, this is far from the truth, even using the strongest bleach will not rid the harmful bloodborne pathogens that have been on the surface. The correct cleaning techniques and equipment are needed for a successful blood clean-up for the public to be able to safely pass over and around where the incident took place.

There are a variety of bloodborne pathogens that can live for extended amounts of time outside of the body:

  • Hepatitis C: 4 days
  • MRSA: Several months 
  • HIV:4 weeks
  • Hepatitis B: 7 days

Besides potential health issues, permanent damage and stains can occur to materials (mainly on interior materials). If blood stains are not removed effectively within a specific time limit, permanent damage can occur.

Porous materials such as rugs, carpets, curtains, tiles, wood, drywall, wallpaper and more will not only discolour but become weakened within its structure, accelerating the deterioration process. Stains can become permanent, which will result in them having to be discarded as they will pose a health risk if kept.

Our specialist team will evaluate the area and record what items they believe from a first glance will have to be thrown away, a more in-depth analysis of the item will come after it is removed from the affected site to determine the result. 

Why is a professional clean-up important?

Our technicians take extra precautions with disinfecting methods when there is a possibility of being exposed to biological materials, in order to rid the area of infectious disease. For example  

  • Broad-spectrum disinfectant products are used to disinfect biological and microbial pathogens, including but not limited to MERSA, HIV, HCV HBV, and VRE
  • All blood must be thoroughly cleaned up before applying any form of disinfectant more maximum results.
  • A surface must be left wet with the disinfectant for 30 seconds for HIV-1 and ten full minutes for hepatitis; for best results, disinfectants must dwell for at least 10 minutes and dry fully before additional or other chemical applications.

ICE cleaning is one of the leading UK’s companies specialising in the area of crime scene cleaning. With a monumental amount of experience and knowledge within the field, we have been the first choice for businesses, people and authorities throughout the UK.

Blood borne pathogens taint human health, even minor blood stains are harmful. It is estimated that 1 out of every 24 people are plagued with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV virus at any given time. When an individual with an infection of this type dies, the pathogens for these diseases continue to survive.

The dangers of cleaning a crime scene yourself

Taking on the cleaning process after a loved one has passed on may seem like the best option. You don’t want random people swarming your house, creating a mess, invading your space and being noisy. However, taking on such a massive project as well as feeling emotionally drained from the event is not the best option.

Unless you have the knowledge and professional equipment to take on such a job you risk cross-contamination with other parts of your house, you are risking your health and your loved one’s health by doing so.

Crime scenes, whether outside or inside, have highly transmissible pathogens that are incredibly harmful, sometimes even fatal to anyone who comes in contact with them. The risk of infection is not always immediately visible. 

An infographic showing the crime scene clean up process. The text states 'Even the smallest tract of bodily fluid or blood can present untold high risks in the form of bloodbourne disease. We use the same surface disinfection methods that healthcare facilities use to eradicate disease and restore safety.'

Call the experts

No matter who cleans the scene of a crime, special care and attention needs to be taken to protect everyone involved. By trusting blood cleaning professionals like ICE Cleaning, you can be completely at peace that neither your nor your loved one are going to be at risk of being exposed to bloodborne pathogens. 

We know that this time is extremely painful for all family members; as such, it requires a great deal of sensitivity, discretion and delicacy.

Our team is on-site ready to assist in the utmost discreet way, all you need to do is tell us what time suits you, and we will take care of the rest.

Once we have completed our service, we will provide you with a thorough report documenting our findings at the scene of the incident along with a certificate of hygiene.

If you or your business has a problem that falls into one of the above categories or if you would like some advice about another form of deep cleaning service, you should contact ICE Cleaning for proven, expert deep cleaning solutions.

We are a committed crime scene specialist service covering the whole of the UK, available at any time day or night, 365 days a year.