When a crime is committed, it's up to the owner of the structure where the event took place to clean it up. This is where crime scene clean up technicians step in and take over. Most people understand what crime scene clean up technicians do: they clean up bio-hazard materials, such as blood, debris and other waste left behind after police and detectives have photographed and analyzed what's left behind after a crime has been committed.

What's lesser known is the techniques they employ and the materials they use to restore a home, business or other location to its previous appearance:

Materials for the Safety of the Technicians

Among the most important materials crime scene clean up technicians bring is their own protective gear. This gear can include one-time use bio-hazard suits, which protect them from potential infection with blood, tissue and other body matter. Gloves are another absolute must. If the crime scene also involved chemicals, such as a meth lab, the technicians also wear special boots and face masks to protect them from the dangerous chemicals.

Materials for the Actual Cleaning Process

Technicians bring along large bio-hazard barrels to dispose of the rags and other materials used to scrub blood and other human matter left behind at a crime scene. Because this type of matter can be contaminated, it must be disposed of properly, and the barrels make this job easier and cleaner. Cleaning supplies, such as buckets, mops, brushes, rags and heavy-duty disinfectants and deodorizers are also necessary to properly clean up a crime scene.

Tools to Help Clean

Crime scene clean up technicians also need razors to cut out sections of destroyed carpet and putty knives and other scraping tools to remove matter. Steam cleaners are usually necessary, as well. If the crime scene tech is also responsible for repair, tools might also include things like spackle paintbrushes to patch walls. A camera is also a must because it allows the crime scene techs to take photographs for insurance purposes.

The Methods Used to Clean a Crime Scene

The first step is to use industrial grade cleaners to remove any visible evidence of blood and other matter. Then, carpet and other items stained with blood are removed. Once everything contaminated is placed in bio-hazard containers, the techs must dispose of it properly, which means they can't simply toss it in the dumpster. In fact, crime scene technicians must have a special permit to dispose of the materials. The entire process can take as little as an hour or as long as 40 hours, depending on the crime scene, but the methods employed are the same.

To learn more, contact a company like Disaster Specialist with any questions you have.