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Professional Crime Scene Cleanup: Why It’s Important

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If a crime has occurred at your residence or place of business, this is a stressful and difficult situation to handle. Dealing with police, damages and insurance can be overwhelming. At Bio-One, we can help with one important task – crime scene cleanup, and there are several reasons why this job is best left to a professional.

1. Safety

Professional biohazard cleaning teams are trained to handle biohazardous materials safely. This could include blood-borne pathogens, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials that might be present at a crime scene. Without the appropriate protective gear and safety training, individuals can put themselves at risk of exposure to diseases.

If the crime scene cleanup includes tear gas remediation, this is another reason why it’s crucial to hire professional crime scene cleaners. Tear gas cannot be removed by traditional cleaners, and the residue can cause issues such as difficulty breathing, skin irritation, eye irritation and nausea. Our team wears protective gear to ensure our safety and we use cleaners and equipment designed specifically for tear gas cleanup.

2. Compliance With Regulations

There are stringent regulations concerning the disposal of biohazardous waste. Biohazard cleaning professionals are familiar with these regulations and will ensure that cleanup and disposal processes are compliant, mitigating potential legal issues.

3. Psychological Well-Being

Cleaning up a crime scene, especially when it involves a loved one, can be traumatic. Hiring professionals can help to protect the mental health of those involved by removing the burden of cleanup.

4. Efficiency

Professional crime scene cleaners are experienced and efficient, completing the job more quickly and thoroughly than untrained individuals. Their expertise helps to ensure that all traces of the incident are removed, reducing the chance of lingering reminders or odors. In some cases, we will need to remove flooring, furnishings, drywall and more to ensure that all biohazardous material is removed.

5. Restoration

The goal of a professional crime scene cleanup team is to restore the site to its previous condition, if not better. This can be particularly important in helping individuals move forward after a traumatic incident. They have the knowledge and tools to effectively clean, disinfect, and deodorize the area, creating a safe and clean environment.

Crime Scene Cleanup: Understanding The Process

Professional biohazard cleanup is a meticulous process that ensures thorough cleaning, disinfection, and restoration of the site to ensure safety. The process varies depending on the specifics of the scene, but generally, it consists of the following steps:

Evaluation & Planning

Our come will first assess the situation at the scene. They will determine the areas that have been affected and come up with a detailed plan to address the cleanup.

Securing the Scene

To ensure safety and prevent cross-contamination, the cleanup team will often establish a 'containment zone'. This means cordoning off the affected area to restrict access while cleanup is in progress.

Removal of Biohazardous Material

The team will then begin the process of removing any biohazardous waste from the scene. This includes bodily fluids, tissue, or any other biological material. These materials are treated as potentially infectious and are disposed of per local regulations.

Cleaning & Sanitizing

Once the biohazardous waste is removed, the team will clean and sanitize all affected surfaces. This can include floors, walls, furniture, and other items in the vicinity. Cleaning agents and specialized equipment designed to kill bacteria and other pathogens are used to ensure the area is thoroughly disinfected.


Crime scenes can often have lingering odors even after cleaning and sanitizing. Professional cleanup teams use industrial-grade deodorizers to eliminate these odors.


If necessary, the team may perform minor restoration work to return the scene to its original condition. This can involve replacing sections of flooring, patching walls, repainting, etc.

Final Inspection

After the cleaning and restoration work is completed, a final inspection is carried out to ensure that the job has been done to a high standard and that no biohazardous material remains.

Throughout the entire process, the crime scene cleanup team follows strict safety protocols to protect themselves and prevent the spread of potentially harmful substances or pathogens. These protocols may include wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), properly disposing of biohazardous waste, and using appropriate cleaning agents and tools.

Bio-One: Call Us 24/7 For Trauma Cleanup

At Bio-One, we can provide you with a myriad of trauma cleanup services. This includes suicide cleanup and unattended death cleanup as well as services such as hoarding cleanup and homeless encampment cleanup. We know these are difficult situations and our team always does its best to provide compassionate and discrete cleanup services. If you need crime scene cleaners or any type of biohazard remediation, call our emergency response hotline 24/7 at (704) 645-0345. We serve all of Rowan County as well as the entire Charlotte metro area.

Bio-One What to Ask Before Hiring a Crime Scene Cleaner

The roots of crime- and trauma-scene cleaning companies can be traced to the 1990s, and at that time only a dozen or so companies existed. The industry was widely unregulated and awareness of contamination risks were relatively non-existant.

"I was young and dumb and saw something you only see in movies, so I quickly shut the door, took a deep breath, sat on the couch with the widow and told everyone else to get her out of here and take her to lunch, and we’ll clean this up for her," said Nick-Anthony Zamucen, Founder of Bio-One Inc. "We were just trying to help a lady in her greatest time of need, and that’s for me how I got into the crime scene and cleaning business."  Read Nick's story in Franchise Times

Today, there are hundreds of companies that advertise crime and trauma scene cleaning, and a simple Google search may prove overwhelming when you're experiencing one of the most traumatic moments in your life. To help, we've listed pre-qualifying questions to ask before choosing a crime and trauma scene company. 

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Crime and Trauma Scene Cleaner

There are a number of key questions to ask crime and trauma scene cleaning technicians or business owners to properly root out which one is best for your goals and circumstances. 

  • Are you local? When there's a blood spill, response time is key to prevent biohazards from spreading and to ensure quick remediation. Several businesses may pay for online advertising in your city, but their technicians could be 3 or more hours away. Furthermore, avoid calling toll free numbers. "These numbers often lead to call centers. We're local. They're not," said Ginger Akemon, owner of Bio-One in Jacksonville, FL
  • Is your business certified and insured? Professional crime and trauma scene cleaning companies should have bloodborne pathogen certifications, they should follow OSHA personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines and remediation processes, and they should have insurance for their business. 
  • What is your process for disposing biohazardous waste? Once the remediation is complete, the accumulated waste will need to be disposed in accordance to local state guidelines. Make sure the business owner or technician is aware of these guidelines and has an appropriate plan for disposal.  
  • What happens to valuable or personal items that are impacted? At Bio-One, we are trained to be mindful of valuable and perceived valuable items, such as pictures, wallets, or a baseball card collection. Professional crime and trauma scene cleaners should ask if there are valuable items to keep an eye out for, and they will keep the family informed if these items are found. 
  • How will you charge for your services? In most cases, home insurance will cover the cost of biohazard remediation - less your deductible. Ask if they can open a claim on your behalf, taking this burden off your shoulders. If you don't have homeowners insurance, it's OK to ask for a free estimate so you can compare costs between other local companies. 
  • Will you be discrete during and after the job? Michele Amoranto, Bio-One owner in Oceanside, CA, always assures her clients that discretion is top of mind while her team is onsite. Bio-One vehicles are unmarked and technicians will designate work areas to don and doff PPE out of view from neighbors. 
  • Do you have a list of resources that can help after the cleanup? You may need flooring replaced or fresh drywall installed, which will also be covered under your home insurance claim, and a recommendation could help speed up the reconstruction process. Additionally, many crime and trauma scene cleaners have connections with local counselors and victim's advocates. In west Texas, Bio-One owner, Garrett Spooner, always offers a list of free mental health resources and states that, "Being volunteers of our local Crisis Intervention Unit, we consider our job incomplete without making sure our clients' mental health, grief process, and other issues our clients may have, are addressed."

Last but certainly most important, make sure the business you speak with shows care and compassion for your situation. They should want to do everything possible to support you and your loved ones.

If you are searching for a crime and trauma scene cleaner, Bio-One is here for you. All of our offices adhere to our business motto Help First, Business Second and are available 24/7. Click here to search for a Bio-One team near you.