Who Cleans Up Crime Scenes In The UK?


Although it is assumed the police and paramedics clean crime scenes, it is actually the property owner’s responsibility. That is not to say they should do it themselves, however – crime scene cleaning must always be left to the professionals.

ICE Cleaning is a specialist provider of trauma clean up services. Its fully trained technicians can remove and dispose of any biohazards, and make the area safe again. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and can be on site in a matter of hours in an emergency.

Read on to find out what crime scene cleaners do.

What are crime scene cleaners?

Trauma cleaners, as they are also known, eliminate all the hazardous materials at a crime scene and restore the affected area to how it was before the crime.

Trauma cleaning includes cleaning up blood and other bodily fluids which can contain biohazards, like bacteria and viruses, and appropriately disposing of the waste. Sometimes, the scene might also contain weapons or drug paraphernalia that must be handled with care.

Why you should never clean up a crime scene yourself

Without the right personal protective equipment (PPE), you are at risk of being infected by the pathogens that tend to linger around trauma scenes, like HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. Trauma cleaners have PPE to keep themselves safe.

You also will not have the knowledge to properly clean a crime scene. Wiping away blood, for example, does not get rid of the pathogens. Professional cleaners know how to prevent contamination, disinfect surfaces, and ensure there are no living dangerous organisms left.

ICE Cleaning’s technicians are accredited by the National Academy of Crime Scene Cleaners and are fully trained in how to safely and effectively clean trauma scenes.

Crime scenes can also be upsetting to see, let alone clean up, especially if the victim was someone you knew. Cleaners have experience handling such a sensitive situation, and can discreetly perform their job to protect your privacy.

How do trauma cleaners clean crime scenes?

First, they analyse the location to identify the hazards and determine what will be required in this clean up. Then, it is cleared of any items, like weapons or drug paraphernalia, as well as potentially contaminated personal items. Affected areas are also contained to avoid contamination.

The cleaners will then revive (turn to liquid) all the blood and biological materials and remove them. This should be followed by thorough disinfection to kill any pathogens.

When the area is safe, they will neutralise any lingering foul odours, deep clean the area, and remove any debris or rubbish. Finally, the cleaners will dispose of all the biohazardous waste appropriately.

ICE Cleaning’s technicians are fully trained trauma cleaners that can attend a range of situations including crime scenes, unsupervised deaths, suicides, and road traffic accidents. They can use their state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning products to restore the affected area.

To find out more about their diverse range of services, click here.

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