Performing a hoarding cleanup can be an overwhelming task. A friend, family member, or neighbor might be suffering from an inability to throw anything away, leading to a chaotic, unsafe home that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. If your goal is to help them remove the mess from their home so they can live a happier, healthier life, there are certain steps you should take to ensure the cleanup is successful. ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration is here to assist you with our professional hoarding cleanup services, and to help you understand what you may be facing, a few helpful tips.
Sit Down and Talk with the Hoarder
This is a crucial step in ensuring the hoarding cleanup is as successful as possible. If you try to trick the hoarder or simply start throwing things away without permission, a disastrous situation can develop for everyone involved. Helping a hoarder requires an understanding of the person and problem and communicating with them before starting the cleanup.
When it comes time to tackle the cleanup process, don’t simply show up in shorts and flip-flops. Wear clothes and shoes that will protect as much of your body as possible. You don’t want to find out the hard way, for example, that the home needs sewage cleanup work done by stepping into a pool of nasty water while working barefoot in the basement.
Have a Strategy in Place Before You Start the Work
Hoarding cleanup is far more complex than removing a few things and doing a little cleaning. What area of the home will you clean first? What do you do with all the stuff you remove? If you discover damaged flooring, walls, appliances, or an infestation of mold, what do you do? Have a strategy in place to ensure the process goes smoothly and safely for everyone involved.
For safe, thorough, and effective hoarding cleanup, contact ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration of King of Prussia, PA. To find out more about hoarding cleanup or make an appointment, contact us here or at (610) 431-3553 today.