Crime Scene Cleaners: Wiping Away the Chaos

The British playwright, novelist and short story writer William Somerset Maugham once quipped: “Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.”

Contrary to Mr Maugham’s dreary viewpoint, though, death has the potential to be anything but dull, as not all of us are fortunate enough to pass away peacefully in bed surrounded by our friends and family.

And while bereavement is never exhilarating, murder, suicide or accidental death can make meeting one’s maker a particularly grisly affair. It can also leave behind serious psychological and physiological debris to be picked up by our loved ones.

Those fortunate enough not to have experienced the aftermath of a trauma, but who are fans of TV cop shows such as CSI, have likely witnessed the number of police, paramedics and investigators crawling around a crime scene treating casualties and establishing how the offence was committed.

Back in the real world, however, what television viewers are not privy to is what happens once the victims are rushed to hospital, investigators head home for the evening, the police tape has been removed and shell-shocked relatives begin to pick up the pieces.

Emergency Services NOT Responsible for Clean Up

A common misconception is that once the emergency responders have provided their respective services at a crime scene, they will begin the job of restoring the area back to its previous state – but this is not the case.

Instead, it’s the responsibility of the victim’s family, or the property owner, to arrange the removal of any blood, brain matter or other bodily fluids that are so common in the aftershock of a violent death. 

However, strict guidelines govern the cleaning of a crime scene, as the presence of biohazards can risk human health. For example, viruses such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV can all be transferred via bodily fluids, which is why the treatment of contaminated areas should be left to the specialists.

Explore the Basics of Forensic Cleaning

Forensic cleaning involves the removal of dangerous biohazards from a crime scene, with dedicated specialists on hand to remove all traces of the event and restore the premises to the state it was in before the incident occurred. 

Whether it’s in the family home or a commercial premises, the job of a crime scene cleaner is to mop up blood, urine, faeces and even semen from a crime scene to eliminate the risk to the proprietors.

An experienced forensic cleaner will look beyond obvious traces left behind and delve further to ensure all risks are removed, as a small blood stain on a carpet could mask a much larger blemish underneath – and it’s their job to identify areas that would benefit from additional sterilisation.

Time-wise, a forensic clean can take up to two days to complete depending on the incident that’s occurred and the volume of biohazardous materials present in the property, with specialists required to disinfect all surfaces, remove blood sodden carpeting and even collect brain matter.

If you’d like more information about what we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team – we’re always happy to help.