Cleaning Up Blood Spills
An accident can happen at a moment’s notice. One question that you should consider is how to clean up and sanitize a blood spill. Why is it so important to know how to clean up a blood spill? Because blood is one of the most dangerous substances. Bloodborne pathogens like HIV, Hepatitis B and much more can be transmitted if you are exposed to a blood spill. Let’s take a look at how you should handle a blood spill to ensure the safety of you and those around you.
First, you need to consider how large the blood spill is and whether you need to call in a biohazard cleaning service to deal with the blood spill. If you believe that the spill is manageable, you need to gather the safety equipment that you need to clean up the spill. You will want to use personal protective equipment, including latex gloves, goggles, slip-on medical booties and either a lab coat or a gown.
After you have donned your PPE, it is time to gather your cleaning materials. Typically, these will come in a kit and include PPE, absorbent pads, leakproof containers, disinfectants, brushes, sponges, etc. to ensure all traces of the blood can be safely removed from the area. If no kit is available, grab a handful of trash bags, a couple of rolls of paper towels, a mop (that you can disinfect or discard) and a powerful disinfectant.
Once you have gathered the items, it is time to get to work. Blood can splatter on different surfaces. Each of the surfaces needs to be treated differently. Continue reading to learn how to clean up each type of surface to ensure all bloodborne pathogens have been removed.
Hard, surfaces like wood, ceramic, vinyl and tile can be cleaned; however, there are steps that you need to follow to keep the blood contained. You want to restrict access to the area until all of the surfaces have been disinfected and the cleanup is finished. Make sure that you have your PPE on before you enter the area.
Do not use any cleaning products until the spilled blood has been removed. Use absorbent pads or paper towels to soak up and wipe down all areas to remove as much blood as possible. Once this is done, pour a disinfectant like bleach over the affected areas and allow to sit for 20 to 30 minutes before scrubbing the area. Place all soiled materials into a garbage bag and tie closed, Any non-disposable items, such as mops, should be soaked in bleach or another disinfectant and allowed to air dry. Remove your PPE and place it in a second garbage bag and then place the garbage bag containing the soiled material into the bag and tie closed. Finally, wash your hands thoroughly using antibacterial soap once you are done.
Carpeted surfaces are porous and are harder to clean than non-carpeted surfaces. Here is what you should do once you have donned your personal protective equipment.’
Keep the area where the blood spill occurred to prevent it from spreading to other areas. Spray the area with disinfectant. This will be the first step and you will need to use disinfectant several times because carpeting absorbs fluids. Use an absorbent sponge or towel to soak up fluids. Rince the area and apply more disinfectant and soak up at least three times. (You can also use a steam cleaner to help remove the fluids from the carpets.) If the area is large, you may wish to contact a steam cleaning service to clean your carpets. Finally, ensure that you properly dispose of all cleaning supplies used following the steps listed above.
Blood spill happen. So it is important for you to know how to sanitize the areas where a blood spill occurred.