How Much Does Trauma Cleaning Cost?

Wednesday 16th August 2023

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Following a traumatic incident like a crime, undiscovered death, or suicide, the last thing on your mind will be paying for it to be cleaned up. However, bringing professional trauma cleaners to make the area safe again is very important.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer rapid response trauma cleaning services. Our fully qualified technicians are biohazard decontamination experts that are trained in providing a thorough and discreet service. They are available nationwide and can be on site in hours in an emergency.

Keep reading to find out what affects the cost of trauma scene clean up.

What is trauma cleaning?

Trauma cleaning is the process of cleaning up blood, bodily fluids, and infectious materials. It includes the deep cleaning and decontamination of a trauma scene, as well as the disposal of biohazardous waste.

It is a very important process as trauma scenes can contain dangerous biohazards which must be contained and disposed of correctly to protect people’s health.

Trauma cleaning cannot be achieved with household cleaning products, and requires specialist equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and training to ensure a safe, thorough clean. You can learn more about trauma cleaning in this blog.

What affects the cost of trauma clean up?

The average cost of professional trauma clean up is £3,500, but as with any cleaning service, the quoted price will depend on a range of factors including:

  • The number of rooms that have been affected
  • How serious the crime was
  • The amount of damage to the property
  • How long victims have been left unattended – as the body begins to decompose, clean up becomes more extensive, for example, there may be fly and maggot infestations
  • Whether the situation is urgent

Who pays for trauma cleaning?

It is often assumed that the police or the paramedics tending to the scene will clean up the area. However, the responsibility for cleaning it actually falls to the owner of the property. But that is not to say they should attempt to clean the area themselves.

Instead, they must bring in a specialist trauma cleaners. The cost of a cleaning company may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, but you will need to check your policy to make sure.

Some smaller insurance companies might not cover biohazard remediation, and some policies will include and exclude different aspects of clean up, for example.

Once you have checked your policy to ensure that you are covered, you can then find a company to clean up the trauma scene for you. If you are not covered by insurance, you might need to pay for the specialist cleaning company yourself.

Can you clean a trauma scene yourself?

Although professional trauma cleaning can be expensive, you must not attempt to clean it yourself. You could put your health at risk, might leave behind a dangerous environment, and may have to pay someone to clean it again properly afterwards.

To start with, even seeing a trauma scene, let alone cleaning it up, can be a very upsetting experience, particularly if you knew the victim. It is best left to experienced professionals who are trained to deal with sensitive situations.

Trauma cleaning is a very hazardous process, too. You will be potentially exposed to biohazards which can contain harmful pathogens including HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. There may also be weapons or drug paraphernalia which could injure you during clean up.

Professional cleaners will have the training, PPE, specialist chemicals, and equipment required to safely clean a trauma scene, and then dispose of the waste appropriately. Without this, you might not clean the area thoroughly enough and pathogens may still be present.

There might be pests and insects in the environment which will need to be removed professionally, as well. Specialist cleaners, like our technicians, can provide any additional services, from pest control to odour removal, should they be required.  

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Our technicians are accredited by a number of organisations, including the National Association of Crime Scene Cleaners, BICSc, and Safe Contractor. They can quickly restore the property to how it was before the incident.

We offer a wide range of trauma cleaning services including crime scene cleaning, forensic cleaning, road traffic accident clean up, and undiscovered death cleaning.

To learn more about our services, and get a free site survey and no-obligation quote, contact our friendly team today on 0208 066 0360 or

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