Suffering from a crack addiction can be destructive in many ways. If your property has been destroyed by that addiction, you may ask yourself where to start. Here we will take you through how to clean up a crack house.
If you are in a situation where you need help, and you have decided to change your life or wish to help a loved one a good place to start is to clean your property.
The property will have many bad memories and all you want is a new start. That can only be done by selling your home. In that case, it will need to be fully cleaned to attain maximum value.
On the surface, you may not realise how much damage has been caused by crack addicts in your home. But when you begin to clean up you will see how much damage has been done when a residential property turns into a drug den. While this task can be overwhelming there are some things that you can do that will help make this process more manageable without compromising the safety of yourself or others.
Before cleaning a crack house
Make a list
The first thing to do is keep a detailed list of everything that needs doing. Work out what materials you will need and estimate the cost. If money is an issue, some charities provide support with cleaning up efforts. These places have been set up to help drug addicts get clean and may offer advice on where to go from here.
You can clean up a crack house yourself or hire a professional drug paraphernalia clearance specialist if there are issues with your health or age that makes it difficult for you to do it alone. There are also companies that specialise in clearing houses of all types after a trauma such as a death or a burglary has taken place.
Remove personal belongings
This step might be redundant if you want to have a completely fresh start. However, you may have irreplaceable memorabilia, so it is important to consider taking this step.
Remove personal items and anything that could be used as drug paraphernalia such as crack pipes, spoons, lighters. If you hire a specialist clearance company it is not necessary to clear drug paraphernalia, they should be trained in all safe disposal techniques.
Then you should prepare the property for the outside cleaners. Again, a specialist clearance company will be able to deal with any materials outside with a garden clearance service, so remove anything you wish to keep.
Contact the experts
Getting yourself clean from drug addiction is an incredible achievement. But it can be embarrassing to look at how you have lived as an addict, let alone to allow others to see the state of your property. However, the best move you can make is to contact the experts.
Drug paraphernalia clearance companies have seen it all. They know how to clean up a crack house and will not judge the state of a property. Trained professionals will see it as a job to be done in a safe and efficient manner.
However, if you still want to do it yourself, read on for how to clear up the inside of a crack house.
How to clean up the inside of a crack house
When you clean up a crack house it is important to be safe, so gloves and face protection should be worn at all times. Ensure that the gloves are heavy-duty rubber gloves. They will protect your hands from the cleaning products you use, but also any broken glass from crack pipes. Due to the way drug paraphernalia is used you could be at serious risk of infection if you get a cut.
A drug den clearance company will have specialised equipment for dealing with crack pipes, needles and other drug paraphernalia. They will use biohazard cleaning equipment to ensure safe disposal. There is a way to report syringes to your local council, however, this does not apply to private property. Using a house clearance company is your best option.
To clean the floor, bleach and hot water should be used covering an area of one metre squared at a time. Then mop up the room with towels which are to be immediately disposed of to avoid cross-contamination.
If you have carpeting in your home, then it may be near impossible to remove the smell of drug use. However, if replacing the carpet is not an option clean the carpets using a steam cleaner, but remember not to steam the carpet before hoovering the excess waste. Not taking this step may cause damage or make the situation worse.
The walls can be difficult to clean, as, unlike the carpet, they are not easily replaced. If there are stains on walls they will need repainting. Unfortunately, drug dens could have all kinds of stains on the walls, there could be bloodstains on surfaces or on solid furniture, these can be bleached but you may need to repaint over these areas.
After cleaning up a crack house there may be unidentifiable odours still hanging around. Be sure to check the drains. Addicts can try to ‘flush’ their drugs if they are raided, or stash them in unusual places. Put bicarbonate of soda down all drains, this will clear any odours left behind by drug addicts. Make sure your property smells fresh and clean, perfect for you to start a new life.
Before leaving the property you should check everything has been done to your satisfaction then lock the doors securely before leaving. You can now start moving on from that part of your life. It is important to think about why you are doing this and how it can change your situation for the better.
Now that your crack house has no sign of drug use you can sell it for a much larger profit. Or start your new life on a clean slate.
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