• February 21, 2024

The Dangers of Hoarding and How to Clean Up

Hoarders are emotionally attached to their collections and can compromise their own safety and relationships merely to hold on to these items. But when the well-being of the home’s occupants is at risk, cleaning up a hoarded home is needed. Here are the dangers of hoarding and the steps involved in the cleanup process: 

Hoarding Dangers

Hoarding Clean up Procedures

Hoarding clean-up is not a simple task, and it is best accomplished by disaster restoration Spokane professionals with the experience and equipment to do the job safely and economically.

  • Ensuring safety — Employees should wear protective gear, including disposable gloves and dust masks, to safeguard themselves from bacteria and diseases. They should also have a fire extinguisher, repellent spray, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit on hand.
  • Cleaning supplies — Technicians also need tools and cleaning equipment to remove the garbage and wash the home. The equipment consists of heavy-duty trash bags, empty boxes, scissors, universal cleaning agents and disinfectants, etc.
  • Organizing a staging area and dumpster –A free, open area, (staging area) like the yard is required to temporarily put the contents that are emptied from the house. A large dumpster can be needed to eliminate the debris.
  • Decluttering the home — When the staging place is prepared, workers tackle the house starting in the room with the closest exit to be able to escape immediately in case of emergency. The garbage and clutter from the area are removed from top to bottom.
  • Sorting out the contents — Local regulations must be assessed for handling items that can not go directly into the garbage (such as paints or explosives). Subsequently, the trash and debris are bagged and thrown in a dumpster. Salvageable things are sorted out into items to keep and to donate.
  • Fixing and cleaning the house — When the entire home is clutter-free, repairs must be performed if necessary. These can include repainting, re-carpeting, or damage recovery (after a fire, water, mold, or biohazard damage). Then, all of the materials in the house including the salvageable things are disinfected.

For specialist hoarding clean-up, as well as biohazard remediation services, call your regional PuroClean office or 800-775-7876.