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Topic: Cleaning up after a murder scene
Posted By: 88hybrid
Subject: Cleaning up after a murder scene
Date 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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Posted By: Michael
Date 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.


Posted By: CarpetproKC
Date Posted: 04/May/2010 at 12:34am
I would use a bissell. 


Posted By: MitchelClarke
Date Posted: 04/May/2010 at 6:38am
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.


Posted By: greg
Date 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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Posted By: stuey
Date Posted: 04/May/2010 at 9:57pm
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


Posted By: RIP IT
Date Posted: 05/May/2010 at 2:11am
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.


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Posted By: duckcountry
Date Posted: 05/May/2010 at 11:13pm
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.


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Posted By: 88hybrid
Date Posted: 10/May/2010 at 12:45pm
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.


Posted By: duckcountry
Date Posted: 10/May/2010 at 3:58pm
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.


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Posted By: RIP IT
Date Posted: 10/May/2010 at 5:49pm
Me too!

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Posted By: greg
Date Posted: 11/May/2010 at 10:50am
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.

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Posted By: LArugcleaning
Date Posted: 09/August/2010 at 10:00pm

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....




Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 14/August/2010 at 10:06pm
Tazmanian DevilThis work in not for everyone

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 15/August/2010 at 12:22am
It's for meBig smile

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Posted By: shaoqingan
Date Posted: 10/January/2011 at 3:36am
I  took  jobs like this twice.
1. Friends fighting inside an apartment. small blood drops here and there. Big headache and time consuming. Regreted taking the job.
2. A guy drove his new Mercedes and hitted a light pole. His feet was injured. He dropped blood here and there because of poor wrapping. I double the regular carpet cleanign price, the job is very easy because he dropped blod within several hours.
By Andy
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Posted By: John L
Date Posted: 10/January/2011 at 11:51pm
I did one 18yrs ago....Stern Smile.
1-BR apt... A guy was sitting on his sofa and blew his brains out...No lie!Grenade Launcher
Blood on the wall and backside/top of sofa...
Moved the sofa forward and chunks of brain and skull still warm and you guys
are right about the smell....Confused The smell of death.. makes you dry puke or straight up puke!
 
Never again but @ $750.00 for a days work it motivates you! Approve minus the
protective gear we bought..


Posted By: AtlantaCarpetRepair
Date Posted: 05/February/2011 at 10:12am
It's very gross. One time I was called in to clean up a bloody mess. In this case, it was my job to cut out the bloody carpet and pad, bleach the concrete under it and then dispose of the bloody carpet. 

It wasn't a murder but there was a death.  Yuk.


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