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the property. Drug paraphernalia and sharp objects are quite common too.


Ensuring site safety


When first entering a hoarder’s property, it’s important to assess the situation and the level of sorting, cleaning and restoration needed. It goes without saying that a meticulously planned deep clean is generally required to restore a site back to its original state and, depending on the type of debris and clutter left behind, there can be more serious considerations.


“Extreme clutter can prevent the adequate


For example, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) disinfectant fogging creates a mist of disinfectant that can be quickly applied to a large area. The disinfectant mist settles on top of, underneath and on the sides of objects, soft furnishings and hard-to-reach areas, offering maximum surface area coverage.


cleaning of a property, enabling mould and bacteria to form unabated.”


In the instance where there are needles, syringes and other sharp objects, it is important to remove these items in a safe and controlled way. This type of waste can carry harmful diseases and could cause serious infections if not removed and disposed of correctly.


Similarly, biohazards such as bodily fluids and faeces can carry viruses like Hepatitis B and HIV. The safe decontamination and cleaning of areas that have been soiled by a bio-hazardous incident is vital in order to reduce and eliminate the risk of infection from exposure.


The cleaning and disposal of this waste should always be dealt with by a specialist disinfection team. These teams are trained to sanitise an area using specific biohazard cleaning removal equipment and will have access to the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including steel-capped boots, overalls, gloves and face masks.


Fogging


After a property is decluttered, simply wiping down the surfaces with disinfectant isn’t always enough. A benefit of bringing in professionals to clean up after a hoarding incident is that they are trained to use the most effective cleaning techniques, which will ensure every area of a property is reached and cleaned to the highest possible standard.


Studies have shown the application of disinfectants and


biocides via aerosol or fogging can significantly reduce the number of


pathogens when compared to manual surface cleaning alone. It also has a quick


drying time, which means that the process causes minimum disruption if a landlord needs the property restored quickly.


Odour management


Ensuring an affected environment looks clean can be a large part of the battle, but bad odours can often remain after the hoarded items are removed, and the initial clean has taken place. This can be an issue for rental managers looking to re-let a property, so a professional cleaning service can really help in this regard.


After using ULV fogging, any remaining malodours can be removed using an ozone generator treatment that will neutralise the odours rather than simply masking them, and we often apply a second scented residual fog to the area which leaves a fresh scent that lasts between 24 and 48 hours.


Final words


Hoarding is a more common issue than people think, and it can have lasting impact on the cleanliness and safety of a property. This is precisely why so many landlords choose to bring in the experts, who will use their experience and specialist equipment to ensure a property is de-cluttered, cleaned and safe to be to re-let or sold.


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