Cleaning up after a friend or family member who is a hoarder can be a lot of work. Whether they hoarded items in one room or throughout the whole home, it can feel like there is no end to the items and trash left behind. Once you get to the bottom of the pile, you may figure you're almost done. But there's another step you should take next. Call a professional hoarding sanitation company, and schedule an appointment with them. Here's why this step is so important.
To kill any dangerous bacteria.
Some hoarders are cleaner than others. But even if the hoarder in question was pretty clean, bacteria likely accumulated under piles of items that were not moved for long periods of time. Some of these bacteria may be ones that cause illness or skin infections. So, you don't really want to move back into that space or spend significant time in it until the surfaces have been fully sanitized. A hoarding cleanup company will do this, and they know what cleaners to use for the most effective sanitization.
To get rid of mold.
If you see any mold in the area where the hoarding took place, don't be alarmed. This is common, and it happens when items trap moisture in an area for too long. A little mold may not seem like a big deal, but some types of mold can cause allergies and illness. It's important to have the mold removed by experts who know what chemicals to use. Pros also have the right protective attire to ensure the mold does not harm them or get spread all over the place.
To handle the situation with tact.
If the hoarder is still in the picture and still has access to the space, it is important that anyone who works in that space has experience working with hoarders. Hoarding has a psychological component, and cleaners who don't have experience with hoarders may not know the most tactful ways to converse with them and treat their homes. A hoarding cleanup service typically employs people who are used to the psychology of hoarders and can speak with them in ways that are kind and compassionate.
Cleaning up after a hoarder is a lot of work, but you don't need to do that work alone. Talk with a hoarding sanitation company to learn more about their services and the benefits of hiring them. The information above should be a good starting point.
Contact a local sanitation service, such as Relief Remediation, to learn more.