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Hello and welcome to my cleaning blog. Cleaning can bring you a lot of joy. Without it, our homes and businesses would literally be covered in old food, dust, and garbage. My name is Penny, and in this blog, I'm going to cover cleaning techniques and tips for staying organized. Whether you are trying to wash a stain out of a shirt or keep on top of the vacuuming, I hope these posts help. I also plan to write about hiring professional cleaners for your home, office, or even your industrial facility. My hope is that this blog brings you as much joy as a clean space.


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The Basics Of House Decontamination After A Hoarding Situation

Catherine Edwards

When someone in your life is a hoarder, finally convincing them to have their home cleaned out can feel like a huge victory. And it is! However, having the extra items removed from the home is usually only the first step. Once all that extra clutter is gone, it's important to then have the house decontaminated. Here's what you need to know as you approach this situation.

Decontamination is important even if the home does not look that bad.

You might think that if there's no human or pet waste all over the place and the house looks somewhat okay, decontamination is not necessary. However, almost every home that is owned by a hoarder does not get cleaned as often as it should due to the hoard. For example, the carpet may not have been vacuumed for years because it was covered in boxes. The countertops may not have been wiped off for months because they were covered in pots and pans. Over time, this lack of cleaning can allow the levels of bacteria and viruses in the home to build and build. You can't see them, but they are there. Decontamination will remove these pathogenic organisms to make the home safe once again.

Decontamination is best carried out by professionals.

Can't you just wipe everything down with bleach and be done? Well, you could — but that's time-consuming, dangerous, and not as effective as you might think. Hiring a professional decontamination service really is key. They will decontaminate surfaces like carpet that you can't just toss some bleach water on. They'll also run air cleaners to ensure pathogens are removed from the air. Plus, these pros have the proper clothing, gloves, and respirators to protect themselves from the pathogens and from the cleaning solutions that they use. You don't want to risk exposing yourself to these things.

Decontamination may mean you have to replace some things.

There's a chance that not everything in the home will be able to be saved. Your decontamination team may inform you that there's no good way to clean a certain sofa, a piece of carpet, or even a wall. In this case, they will generally remove the contaminated item or materials from the home. So set some money aside to repair and replace things post-decontamination.

After a hoarding situation, hiring a house decontamination service is vital. Call one in your area to get an estimate.