What Does Crime Scene Cleanup Involve

Trauma or crime scene cleanups are some of the worst situations that anyone can ever have to deal with. Affected individuals are often diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other major issues as a result of the trauma. Nonetheless, violent crime and serious accidents still come about once in a while. These situations should be handled by cleanup professionals after an investigation has been completed and the body removed from the scene.

Basics of a crime scene cleanup

Every crime cleanup scene involves the following activities:

1. Meeting the affected


The first thing that crime scene cleaners do before they start their job is to meet with the surviving friends or relatives of the deceased. After discussions, the professionals can then be allowed to the scene to determine the severity of the situation and make plans on how to handle the cleanup process.

2. Cleaning and sanitization

Once they have made a solid plan on how to handle the situation, the cleaners will then use the right equipment to clean the area so that it becomes livable again.

The process can take one to 40 hours or even more, depending on the amount of biohazardous material being eliminated as well as the trauma involved.

Professionals use hospital-grade products disinfectants and other products such as powerful hydrogen peroxide for the detection of blood. In some cases, other methods, such as blacklight can be used to detect human fluids. Heavy deodorizing may also be needed, especially in cases like unattended deaths where decomposition has occurred.

3. Proper disposal

Cleaning house

Once the cleanup and sanitization process is complete, professionals transfer biohazardous material to an approved disposal site. This is a procedure that is handled with a lot of caution for safety reasons. The biohazardous material should only be dumped in specially marked biohazard containers at an approved biohazard disposal site.


Crime or trauma scene cleanups are, in most cases, very horrifying, which is why homeowners shouldn’t handle the task on their own. This is in consideration that doing so can lead to traumatic symptoms which can go on to form PTSD. Affected family members and friends should always consider seeking emotional and psychological support to help them overcome the situation.