What is Crime Scene Cleanup?
When a crime occurs, especially of the violent nature, cleaning professionals are called in after the law enforcement officers have completed their jobs. Crime scene cleanup is a term used to describe the forensic cleanup of blood, bodily fluids and other biohazardous materials that can be found at the scene of a crime.
Crime scenes can bring on a variety of intense emotions and priorities for victims and their families. Dealing with biohazardous material requires the proper knowledge and equipment and it is crucial to contact our teams of certified and licensed professionals who follow state and federal protocols for handling and disposing of biohazardous materials that are commonly found at crime scenes. The process of bioremediation is the introduction of microorganisms to breakdown and consume environmental pollutants and biohazards, like blood and bodily fluids.
During the process of a crime scene cleanup, it is especially important to focus on the containment and the timely process of removal, cleaning, and bioremediation of the contaminated area. For nearly 15 years, Spaulding Decon has been leading the industry in crime scene cleanup and bioremediation due to our customer satisfaction, experience, and relationships with law enforcement. Developing a level of trust and standards of exceptional cleaning, our teams work with victims, families and police officers to clean and restore a home, hotel or other property back to its original condition.
What Are the Requirements for Crime Scene Cleanup?
So, you are considering a career in crime scene cleanup, well, here are a few things to consider before you make that decision.
Dedication. A high level of dedication is required because you will be exposed to tragic events and various disturbing scenes. In order to thrive in this career, your priorities and focus should be aligned with the goal of the job and service you are providing to the families of the victims.
Stamina. Due to the nature of the job, you may be required to work in unfavorable conditions because crime scenes can happen anywhere and require long hours to complete a cleanup.
Training. Specialized certifications and licensing are required to perform the necessary job functions that a crime scene cleaner will encounter from the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the proper handling of biohazardous materials.
Detail-oriented. In order to provide exceptional, industry-standard results, great attention to detail is necessary to ensure that all the proper steps, procedures and protocols are followed, and all the dangers have been removed, cleaned and disinfected.
Compassion. Often, the loved ones of victims will be around or near the crime scenes, so it is necessary to have a level of compassion. Being able to provide support and reassurance when necessary, is key.
Why You Should Avoid Cleaning up a Crime Scene on Your Own
Once the law enforcement officers are done with their work at the scene of the crime, it is often left to the family members to deal with the responsibility of cleaning. While the thought may occur to handle the cleaning on their own, it is strongly discouraged. Crime scenes can be especially dangerous places that individuals can be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, bodily fluids, and other harmful materials.
The professionals at Spaulding Decon possess the necessary equipment, knowledge, training, and attention to detail to ensure that the cleanup and bioremediation process is thorough and complete. Eliminating the potential risk of exposure is crucial for the containment and proper cleanup of a scene and without the proper equipment and cleaning products, ill-equipped individuals will subject themselves to severe dangers.
Crime Scene Cleanup FAQ
Since a crime scene cleanup is not an everyday occurrence, there are several common questions that we get asked about the process, what it involves and various other aspects. Here are some of those frequently asked questions if you find yourself wanting to pursue a career in crime scene cleanup or looking for the right company to call to handle a crime scene cleanup.
Are you part of law enforcement?
No, we are an independent company that specializes in crime scene cleanup and various other cleanup situations. We are contracted independently to remove, clean and restore the property once law enforcement has finished their jobs. We do, however, have great relationships with law enforcement in the cities we are located in.
How are you different than a residential cleaning company?
Your typical cleaning company is not equipped with knowledge, certifications or equipment to properly deal with the dangers and challenges that crime scene cleanups present. Due to the dangerous nature of the industry, our teams are fully trained and experienced in handling dangerous cleanup situations that involve blood, bodily fluids, and other hazardous materials.
How fast do you respond?
We strive to provide the quickest response time possible. Our teams are ready 24/7 to respond to any crime scene cleanup needs.
Will my privacy be protected?
Yes, privacy and customer satisfaction are two of our main priorities. Our uniformed team will arrive in unmarked vehicles so that no one will know the nature of their business. We understand that privacy is an important aspect of dealing with a tragic event and we fill our teams with compassionate professionals that respect the victims and their families.
Who pays for your cleaning services?
Some homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of crime scene cleanup but not guaranteed. It is important to check with your policy issuer to determine the details of your coverage. If there no coverage or the victim doesn’t have insurance, the State victim’s compensation fund may pay for some or all of the cleaning costs.
Who are the cleaning technicians coming to my home?
Our teams are filled with dedicated individuals that find a passion for their work. Because of the demanding nature of the job, our professionals are some of the best in the industry. We train, certify, license and ensure all of our cleaning technicians and have no doubts that they will perform the cleanup to the highest standards achievable.
Why should I choose Spaulding Decon?
When it comes to a crime scene and biohazard cleanup, we lead the way. The use of our proprietary chemicals, professional equipment, strict training standards, and exceptional customer service are all reasons to trust that Spaulding Decon will provide the best service possible. No matter the time of day, quick response times and dedicated team members, Spaulding Decon is here to help.