Inside the Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner

Crime scene cleaners have one of the nastiest jobs in the world, cleaning up after murders, hoarders and other grisly sites. These hardworking professionals can’t just run a couple of rug cleaners over a homicide scene. They must use industrial-strength cleaning products and hazmat suits to tackle the worst messes imaginable.

Most bio-recovery specialists will tell you that the most awful sites are “unattended deaths,” meaning people who passed away without anyone noticing for days–or even months. That kind of decomposition soaks into the upholstery and rug; cleaners bought at the grocery store just won’t cut it for that kind of job. They have to carefully clean and bag biohazard waste in addition to helping grieving families move on. It’s not a job for the faint of heart–or the weak of stomach.