Blood Cleanup and Flooring: Your Top 5 Questions Answered
Since 1996, Aftermath has been in the business of helping families and businesses recover from difficult and often tragic situations. Our specialty services are focused on biohazard cleaning, not carpet cleaning or janitorial cleaning. Many of the jobs we do involve removing blood spills from floors and carpeting, as well as walls and other surfaces. Last year, we examined the topic of flooring and blood cleanup in depth in a two part series (Part One and Part Two are located here). Today, we take a quick look back on the subject, and highlight the top 5 most common questions we’re asked when it comes to cleaning blood spills.
Can you save my carpet? Stain resistant carpets may help with the appearance of stains, but fibers can still trap harmful bacteria. Depending on the size and location of the spill, some homeowners opt to only cut away and replace the affected portion of carpeting. A trauma cleaning company will also inspect the flooring underneath the carpet for additional damage, and clean and treat it appropriately to prevent additional problems in the future.
What are the best floor coverings to protect against damage from biohazards? Take a cue from industrial and commercial facilities; VC or ceramic tile are good options for nonporous flooring. If you are serious about protection and are willing to invest in the appearance of your floors, attractive, nonporous sealants like Dur-A-Flex are used by hospitals and restaurants and provide an another excellent solution.
Does insurance cover damaged carpet? Some policies include coverage for accidental damage, while others will cover some or even all of the costs for crime scene cleanup. Check with your agent to see what options are available to you, and what your current policy entails. In the event of an incident, Aftermath client services are available to assist you with your claim.
What is semi-porous material and how do biohazard cleaners deal with these materials? Semi-porous materials include concrete and some types of wood; they are generally regarded as resistant to stains because the pores, tiny naturally occurring holes in the surface of the material, are almost invisible, making it difficult for stains to adhere. Nevertheless, Aftermath recommends the removal of semi-porous materials as they are difficult to remediate fully; bacteria and other biohazards are smaller than stain-causing molecules, and thus may become trapped in the nearly invisible pores.
Why hire a professional service? While removing a carpet or wiping up a blood spill sounds something you can do yourself, keep in mind that impacted areas are considered medical waste and need to be disposed of in a responsible fashion in accordance with state and local laws. Furthermore, without the proper tools, it is difficult to know the full extent of any damage to your property; not all bio is visible, and even unseen fluids can lead to problems down the road. Companies like Aftermath employ industry-specific techniques like ATP Testing to verify a strict standard of cleanliness.
Aftermath aims to educate property owners on the risks of improper or incomplete cleanup, but ultimately the choice to remediate is up to you. For the family who is dealing with a tragic situation, the idea of starting fresh by remodeling the home can be a daunting, yet healing prospect. Removing impacted surfaces like porous sections of flooring or carpet ensures dangerous bacteria, including potentially infectious bloodborne pathogens, are eliminated, and stains and odors prevented from returning.
Aftermath Services provides courteous and dedicated blood spill cleanup nationwide. Our technicians are trained to handle a wide variety of situations, and they are on call 24/7 to best help you. For more information on blood cleanup and other biohazard cleaning services, contact Aftermath at 877-872-4339.