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    Posted: 03/May/2010 at 6:18pm
I was called by a client who has properties.  A woman stabbed her husband 40 times in her house, and murdered himShocked.  The home was locked for 3 months during the investigation.  She now needs to clean up the home.  It looks like a murder scene right off TV, and the smell...well it smells scary.  I have never handled something of this magnitude.  I dont want to turn the job down, but think this may be a little beyond a basic carpet cleaner.  I would think there is blood in the pad and to the floor.  The walls look like there was paint thrown on the walls and hand prints all over them in blood.  How do I even start to bid a job like this, and I would think the carpet should be replaced due to health hazzards.  Any advise?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Michael Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/May/2010 at 8:05pm
That's a hazmat situation, definitely not sanitary conditions. Did you actually walk into that biohazard unprotected??? Your client has a lot of nerve sending a carpet cleaner into something like that. There are businesses that specialize in this stuff. Google "murder scene clean-up" and you'll get the idea. Find out what a proper service charges, add 20%, then contract it out. If he turns you down, fewer headaches for you.
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I would use a bissell. 
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It is not so difficult work that you are thinking just take the chemical and wash the only place where the blood is present then clean the whole carpet.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote greg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/May/2010 at 7:29am
There is alot involved with doing this type of work. Proper PPE for one. If any thing is going in the garbage, anything with blood has to go in Bio waste the rest goes in garbage. So if you have a matress with blood on it, you will have to cut out the areas affected with blood and seperate affected & unaffected. By the way it cost 100 bucks a lb to properly dispose bio waste. I wouldn't even try cleaning carpet or furniture, you'd be surprised how much blood is under there. If you want the smell gone all the blood must be gone. You may want to sub this out, unless you have time to take a course in Trauma Scene Clean Up. This is very time consuming as well 1 bedroom took me 2days thats cuting up sheets blankets the matress box spring removeing some of the tile floor cleaning sealing etc etc. Tell your client to maybe call her insurence company they may cover it. This type of work is not cheap. Hope this helps.
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WHY WOULD YOU EVEN WANT A JOB LIKE THIS?? DON'T BE DEPERATE FOR WORK!! THAT CARPET AND PAD HAS TO BE REPLACED, HOW CAN THEY EXPECT A MURDER SCENE TO THAT MAGNATUDE BE CLEAN BY A CARPET CLEANER?? I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE, THATS FREAKY!!!Wink
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There is ONLY one way to do this job.
PROPERLY.
And that means experience.
If you dont have it give the job to someone who does.
This is as far away from being a job for a carpet cleaner as it gets.
DO NOT BE STUPID.
Dont treat people like customers. Treat them like friends.
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Originally posted by MitchelClarke MitchelClarke wrote:

It is not so difficult work that you are thinking just take the chemical and wash the only place where the blood is present then clean the whole carpet.

There's your volunteer, ready to do it for minimum wage.  I hope he knows more about sport equipment than he knows about hazmat or he's not long for this world.
Are you in a high paying business or are you just a self employed low paid grunt who thinks this business provides dignity?
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Oh..I passed on the deal.  I found it to be very interesting though.  Seems as if you where properly trained, and focused on that end of the business, you might have a gold mine.
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You have a goldmine if you are an IICRC firm with those specialties and both the insurance companies and carpet mills enlist your services.  Your client was scamming to save a buck, either because his/her insurance didn't cover this kind of thing (if she has any) or she figured she could get the work done for less than the deductible. 

That's how I see it.
Are you in a high paying business or are you just a self employed low paid grunt who thinks this business provides dignity?
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Me too!
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I took my course through CDR, IICRC doesn't off this course yet, at least they didn't when I took the course. And it's very interesting work,not as bad as you may think.
nothing is impossable. it just hasn't been done yet.
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Hi,

If  your in that situation....Its scary you know! The smell, the picture of that scene that is present in that place...But you need to do the job will,and try to change the carpet than to clean it up......it smell hazardous into your health....


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Tazmanian DevilThis work in not for everyone
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