Without a doubt, some of the most testing services we provide are trauma and crime scene clean-up. Sadly, suicides, undetected deaths and murders are scenes we deal with on a regular basis.
Violent crimes are likely to arise in busy areas such as on public transport or where people spend their leisure time. For members of the public who end up witnessing a crime, life may never be the quite the same. This is why it’s so important to return a crime scene area back to the way it looked prior to the incident, to avoid triggering those that witnessed the incident each time they return to the same area.
For most, cleaning up after the death of a loved one is an incredibly difficult task full of emotion and confusion. On top of that, most of us are not equipped to take on such a precarious situation. It’s no wonder why so many people turn to a professional crime scene cleaning company for help.
Crime scene cleaners, also referred to as forensic cleaners or bioremediation specialists, are responsible for sanitising and decontaminating the crime scene after an event has taken place. There is a common misconception that the clean-up of a crime scene falls to the emergency services, such as the police, to deal with the matter, however, UK crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers do not have the knowledge or equipment required to safely decontaminate such an event. It may surprise you to learn that it is either the property owner’s responsibility to clean the scene of a crime – or 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 cover the costs of all forensic cleaning. Some insurance policies cover trauma or crime scene cleaning, but most do not.
This type of cleaning needs to commence as soon as possible to minimise the risk of cross-contamination, keep businesses going and avoid elongating emotional distress for family members and friends. Crime scene cleaning services cannot commence until police and investigators have stated that they are finished with their work. A member of the police force must provide written confirmation that the cleaning process can begin.
Biohazard crime scene clean-up
Crime scene cleaning takes place as soon as the investigators have finished their assessment. One of the most important jobs for crime scene cleaners to deal with is potential biohazards, such as bodily fluids and blood, so they must ensure all health and safety procedures have been acknowledged to protect members of the public from any hidden dangers.
Who cleans up blood at a crime scene?
Whilst many believe that you can just “hose down the blood” and all dangers will disappear, this is not the case. Even the strongest bleach cannot rid such harmful bloodborne pathogens. Only the latest cleaning technology and techniques will prove successful in cleaning up the blood and creating a safe environment once for the public.
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
Potential health issues, permanent damage and stains can occur to materials (mainly interior materials) if blood stains are not removed effectively within a specific period of time.
Porous materials such as rugs, carpets, curtains, tiles, wood, drywall and wallpaper will not only discolour but may become structurally weak, accelerating the deterioration process. Stains can become permanent, resulting in them having to be discarded due to the health risk.
A team of experienced technicians will evaluate the area and record any items they believe may have to be thrown away. A more in-depth analysis of the items will come after they have been removed from the affected site.
Why is a professional clean-up important?
Our technicians take extra precautions with disinfection methods, especially if there is a high risk of being exposed to biological materials, in order to rid the area of infectious diseases. 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 10 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 cleaning companies specialising in crime scene cleaning. With a monumental amount of experience and knowledge within the field, we are the first choice for businesses, domestic clients and government authorities across the UK.
The dangers of cleaning a crime scene yourself
Taking on the cleaning process of your deceased loved one yourself may seem like the best option – we get that you don’t want random people swarming your house, creating a mess, invading your space or being noisy. However, unless you have the knowledge and professional equipment required to take on this kind of job, you risk cross-contamination.
Crime scenes, whether outside or inside, have highly infectious pathogens that are incredibly harmful, sometimes fatal. The risk of infection is not always visible.
Call the experts
Special care and attention must be taken to protect everyone involved. By trusting a professional cleaning company like ICE Cleaning, you can be completely at peace that neither you nor your loved ones will be at risk of being exposed to bloodborne pathogens.
We understand that this can be a painful time for family members; as such, it requires a great deal of sensitivity, discretion and delicacy. We aim to make the cleaning process as stress-free and straightforward as possible, just give us a time that 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 along with a certificate of hygiene.
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.