Proper Blood Clean Up Part II

You Need To Work Quickly

Fluids from a human body can actually dry/harden up quickly. Especially when talking about blood or dealing with carpet. That means all of it will be harder to clean. Responding quickly is really important but don’t forget that you still need to follow all the required and approved safety precautions. Speed doesn’t trump safety. For fast and thorough cleaning remember that Bio-hazard Clean-up USA is always a top choice.

Only Use Appropriate Products

Bleach can be effective for killing contaminants and removing stains but it is known for damaging and destroying carpet. You need to make sure you only use specialty cleaners that are manufacturer approved. Keep in mind that you are probably going to repeat the clean and dry process at least once if not twice more. The very nature of how blood stains make this almost certainly a necessity. We also use top of the line products to ensure the optimum sanitation and cleanliness when performing any of our blood clean-up services.

Steam Clean To Follow Up

In many cases, a steam cleaner is going to be necessary, especially if there was a lot of bleeding or blood at the time. Steam cleaners not only remove surface stains but they go beneath the surface to really remove debris, get out deep set stains, and attempt a full sanitation of the area. This is hands down the best way to protect against future issues stemming from blood-borne pathogens. learn just what we are all our Blood Clean-up Company here.

Change The Carpet Tiles

If you’re lucky enough to be cleaning carpet tiles instead of carpet then there’s a little bit of extra good luck there. Tiles are not only cheaper than the conventional full-sized carpet but they are easier to clean, too. This is due in part because if one area has really deep thick blood spatter you will find that removing the tile and replacing it will be quite a bit easier than doing the deep clean. However, if you go this route then it is still crucial to make sure that you don’t forget to properly dispose of the contaminated tiles. They’re still definitely a biohazard!

Removing Bloodborne Pathogens: A Basic Protocol

Note: Before beginning keep in mind that while this is the standard for getting the work done right, it is not a 100% guarantee. Blood pathogens can be extremely adaptive which is why it is so important to follow this guide to eliminate as many as possible.

  1. Disposable Gloves. Put them on to protect your hands. You must have proper protective eye/mouth protection as well.
  2. Contain the Spill. Keep the damage contained. For sure you don’t want it to spread!
  3. Disinfect, Part I. Once the damaged area is contained and the blood spill won’t spread, spray the affected area with carpet detergent. Sit back for 10 minutes and allow it to do its work.
  4. Blot Up Excess. After the 10 minutes is up then you want to use towels and rags you can throw away to help blot up as much as you can. Dispose of these in sealed bags.
  5. Wet Vacuum Extraction. While blotting the surface is a good start, you will need a wet vacuum to thoroughly rinse the area and extract every bit of liquid that will come up without further suction. You’ll want to do this several times, always containing the water and sucked up fluids to avoid contamination or spreading.
  6. Disinfect Again. You didn’t think you were done already, did you? Re-saturate the area, disinfect, and then repeat the waiting game.
  7. Wait. This time allow a full 20 minutes for the disinfectant to work.
  8. Disinfect a Third Time. Allow to sit again for 20 minutes to be on the safe side of things.
  9. Rinse. After all the disinfecting is finally done you should still re-rinse the area one last time to get rid of cleaning solutions, detergent, or other chemicals. Wet vacuum again one more time post-rinsing.
  10. Dry & Wrap It Up. After you thoroughly dry the area out with rags (dispose of these as well) and you will want to place the fans around that area for a thorough drying. Then dispose of everything properly.

Remember to check our blog for more relevant information on these topics. Click here to jump to Part I, and here for Part III.

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