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Cleaning after a body is found: not an easy job

When someone dies, it is natural to mourn and remember the deceased. But in addition to these emotional challenges, there are practical issues that also need to be addressed. One of the most important is the cleaning of the room where the deceased was found. Whether it concerns an unnoticed death or a crime scene, post-mortem cleaning is a specialist method of cleaning that requires the necessary equipment, knowledge and experience. In this article, we'll explain why it's essential to hire a professional to handle the post-death cleanup and what's involved.

Why professional cleaning after (unexpected) death is an absolute requirement

One of the main reasons for calling in a professional cleaning service after a death is the risk of infection. The blood and other bodily fluids of the deceased may contain bacteria that can pose health risks to anyone who enters the space. Cleaning the room where a deceased person has been found is therefore not a task that you should perform yourself.

It can lead to unpleasant odors and all kinds of diseases

In addition, the decomposition process of the deceased's body is a long and difficult process. During this time, maggots can eat the body, which inevitably leads to very nasty odors. Even months after death, these odors can linger and make the space uninhabitable. A professional can thoroughly clean and disinfect the area to remove all bacteria and odors.

Cleaning up after death: what needs to be done

Cleaning after a death is a special form of cleaning that involves more than just removing visible dirt. It includes cleaning all surfaces and areas in which the deceased was found, including carpeting and other surfaces. This is especially important if the deceased has been in the room for a long time. The area should be thoroughly cleaned to remove all bacteria and odors.

In addition, medical waste, such as syringes and needles, must also be removed and processed properly. This is legally the responsibility of a family member, but it is also possible to hire a professional to complete this task.

The specialist knowledge and expertise required

Cleaning a room in which a deceased person has been found is a specialist task that requires a lot of professional knowledge and expertise. It is important to hire a professional who has experience with these types of situations and who knows how to properly clean and disinfect the area. A professional can also use the right tools and equipment to complete the cleaning as thoroughly as possible.

Additionally, it is important to hire a professional who understands that cleaning up after a death can be a traumatic experience for the family members. It is therefore very important that the cleaning service acts with care and respect and understands the emotional impact of the situation. Furthermore, the relatives must of course also continue to commemorate the deceased person and this requires time and space.

The importance of your own mental health

As family members, it can be difficult to take responsibility for cleaning. It can be an unpleasant experience that can affect mental status. By hiring a professional, you can take off this difficult task and protect yourself from the possible consequences of the cleaning process.

The cleaning process itself

The cleaning process begins with identifying the room in which the deceased was found. This can be a challenging task when it comes to an unnoticed death. A professional can thoroughly inspect the area to determine which areas are soiled and where cleaning should begin.

The room is then cleared and all the deceased's precious belongings are collected and stored in a safe place. These items can later be returned to the relatives.

Then the specialist cleaning can begin. All surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The necessary equipment and resources are used to carry out the cleaning as thoroughly as possible. If necessary, certain surfaces are replaced, such as carpeting or wallpaper.

Finally, the medical waste is processed correctly and the room is redecorated. The space can be used again by future residents or left as a memorial for the deceased.

The mental pressure

Cleaning can be one of the toughest experiences anyone can face. It can pose a direct danger to one's own mental state and that is why it is important to delegate this task to a professional. This way, immediate family members can take time to grieve and heal without having to worry about cleaning the space.

Conclusion

The cleaning is a special type of cleaning that requires equipment, knowledge and expertise. It is essential to hire a professional to perform this task, due to the risk of infection and the decomposition process of the deceased's body. A professional can thoroughly clean and disinfect the area, collect all of the deceased's belongings and store them in a safe place, and properly dispose of medical waste.

Prevent extremely unpleasant odors

It is of course not possible for months to pass before an eviction can be planned. People often think that this has to do with the cultural background, but this is certainly not the case. After a death, a thorough cleaning must be scheduled as soon as possible so that professionals can carry out specialist work. This is a difficult and long task.

If this is not done in time, this can lead to nasty odors and diseases.

Furthermore, hiring a professional can protect immediate family members from the possible effects of the cleaning process on their own mental state. The cleaning process itself begins with identifying the contaminated area, clearing the area, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all affected surfaces and replacing certain surfaces as necessary.

It is important to understand that the clean-up after a body is found can be a difficult experience for the immediate family and surviving relatives. It is therefore important that the cleaning service acts with care and respect and understands the emotional impact of the situation.

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Help Center

We are happy to answer some frequently asked questions for you.

What is the impact of an unnoticed death on post-mortem cleanup?

An unnoticed death can complicate the clean-up after the body is found because the space is often only discovered after several months. This can lead to more complex cleaning and odors that are more difficult to remove.

Who is responsible for cleaning up after the body is found?

Legally, the responsibility for cleaning up after the body is found falls on the immediate family members or surviving relatives. However, it is also possible to hire a professional to perform this task.

What health risks are associated with cleaning after a body is found?

The risk of infection is the greatest risk associated with cleaning after a body has been found. The deceased's blood and other bodily fluids may contain bacteria that can pose health risks to anyone who enters the space.

What happens to the deceased's belongings?

All belongings of the deceased are collected and kept in a safe place. These personal belongings can later be returned to the family members.

What is the impact of cleaning on the mental state?

The cleanup can be a difficult experience for the family and surviving relatives. That is why it is important to outsource this task to a professional and thus protect your own mental state.