What Are the Different Types of Trauma Cleanup?

The unfortunate truth is that bad things happen to people every day. In many cases, a trauma cleanup is needed at the scene. A trauma scene can contain toxins, forensic residue, bodily fluids, and blood. There are also cases where there is chemical waste and biohazardous materials. 

Due to the fact that many of these things should be avoided if an incident happens on your property, it is vital that you do not try to clean it up on your own. Instead, you should reach out to our dedicated biohazard cleaning professionals to remedy the situation for you. 

Trauma Scene Cleanup

When it comes to cleaning up a trauma scene, there are specialized skins and equipment that are needed. There may also be permits and training required to handle the situation. Seeking help from a professional can ensure that the job is handled correctly and respectfully.

Our team at ZBM Inc. will come in and handle the job for you. Our team will use specialized equipment and implement proper cleaning procedures. We will clean and disinfect every square inch of the contaminated area to ensure you have the most thoroughly cleaned space. Not only is this a positive step forward when it comes to eliminating hazardous conditions, but it also helps you move forward and use the space once again.

There are several examples of circumstances that can have infectious environments that require a professional trauma cleanup. Some of the most common include:

  • Cleaning and removing tissues and bodily fluids
  • Clearing and disinfecting spaces with infectious diseases and viruses
  • Disinfecting microbial sites
  • Removing airborne pathogens
  • Cleaning up blood and other bodily fluids
  • Clearing homicide, suicide, or accidental and unattended death scenes
  • Cleaning up crime scenes

Depending on the circumstances, there are different types of trauma cleanup that may be needed. 

Residue Cleanup

This type of trauma cleanup involves scenes that have some type of evidence that may be used during an investigation. This can include:

Traceable Evidence: This can include paint residue, unknown chemicals, broken glass, drugs, or even gunshot residue. 

Impressionable Evidence: This can include tool marks, footwear, or fingerprints.

Bodily Fluids: This can include vomit, saliva, or blood.

Trauma cleanup of this nature requires detecting various pieces of evidence and fluids at the scene. The scene is then completely disinfected, and all traces of hazardous materials are removed. Once the scene is cleared out completely, it is sanitized. All of the potentially hazardous materials are removed from the scene, and a final inspection is performed to ensure it is safe for future use.

Pathogen Cleanup

This type of trauma cleanup is performed at sites that have potentially infectious germs, bacteria, and viruses. This can include locations that may have:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • MRSA
  • Listeria
  • Coronavirus
  • Norovirus
  • HIV
  • Histoplasmosis

This trauma cleanup process involves using an Ultra Low Volume misting for the affected areas. An application of Electro Static Spray is then applied, which covers all of the surfaces in the space. This ensures that all pathogens are eliminated and destroyed. The surface is then wiped clear of these hazards. 

Cleaning Up Unattended Decomposition

This type of trauma cleanup involves the removal of human remains. In some cases, there may be a significant amount of decomposition that occurs at the site before it is discovered. This can result in various issues and potential dangers, such as those related to bodily fluids and blood.

Most scenes with unattended decomposition have very strong, noxious, and unpleasant odors. It is vital to completely detect and eradicate all of the fluids in the space in order to get rid of the odors and return the space to its previous condition.

Common Situations That Require Trauma Cleanup

There are a variety of scenarios that can require trauma cleanup services to clear and disinfect the spaces. 


Murder scene cleanup is one of the most common types of trauma cleanup that we see here in the United States. These scenes are performed following a police investigation. In some cases, the cleanup will only involve one room. However, there are situations when the entire home or structure requires cleaning.


Like murder, these scenes can be filled with contamination. Extensive knowledge of infectious diseases and bloodborne pathogens and a true sense of compassion are all needed. 

Unattended Death

The trauma cleanup for an unattended death can be emotional. However, it can also be extremely challenging. During the decomposition process, the body releases various chemicals, which can affect the surrounding environment.

Tear Gas

When tear gas is used in a space by the police, it can be quite difficult to clean up. These jobs often require significant commitment toward ridding the space of contamination. The affected space will be considered uninhabitable until all of the chemicals are removed.

Meth Labs

Meth labs can be extremely dangerous for everyone around. Once one is discovered and shut down by law enforcement, it is imperative that all of the surrounding areas are cleared out and disinfected completely. Unfortunately, these jobs are becoming more frequent. They often require a timely response as they can pose significant health risks to people around them and the environment. 

Road Accidents

Road accidents are one of the most common types of outdoor trauma cleanup locations. As we see a major increase in the number of traffic incidents that take place across the area, rapid and thorough cleaning becomes a necessity. 

Trust Our Experts for Your Trauma Cleanup Needs

The unfortunate truth is that there is often a lot of emotion surrounding trauma scenes. These incidents most often result in the death of clients’ loved ones. This makes it imperative that these scenes are handled with care, compassion, and professionalism at every step of the process. 

At ZBM, Inc., we understand how overwhelming dealing with the loss of a loved one can be. We are committed to providing top-quality trauma cleanup services that our customers can appreciate. If you are in need of cleanup services, you can reach out to our professionals today to schedule an appointment.

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