Hoarding Cleanup Tips
Some people find it very difficult to dispose of things that have no value. Statistics show that many Australians suffer from compulsive hoarding, a psychological disorder that is characterised by the inability to dispose of items that do not have worth. Hoarders find it very difficult to discard items like newspapers, junk mail, garbage, consumer goods, and other materials. When piled up, these materials can cause unsanitary and dangerous conditions.
If your family, friend, or a loved one is a hoarder, you may find it very difficult to clean their home. It is important that you plan before you even start to perform a hoarding cleanup. Below are some tips for if you find yourself in a position where you are doing a cleanup to help someone you know who suffers from hoarding.
Some helpful tips for cleanup of a hoarding house
- It is important that you expect to see items that you would not usually expect to see in someone’s house. For example, spoiled food, animal waste, harmful chemicals, and even dead pets.
- It is important that you ask for help from other people as you may not be able to tackle the problem alone. Itemise the tasks that you need to do.
- Since there are unsanitary item in a hoarder’s house, make sure you are fully protected with the right gear such as rubber gloves, breathing masks, and goggles.
- Prepare a staging area that you can use to sort things out. You also need to prepare an area where you can take trash and debris.
- It is better to use a ‘slowly but surely’ approach in hoarding cleanup. If you do not have patience in cleaning and just want to throw away every object that you can come across, you will not succeed. Throwing away all objects that you see is not a good thing to do because there may be salvageable items. Make sure that you talk about the items with the owner. Make them decide which ones are to be donated to charity and which ones are to stay home.
- Ensure that you inspect any items that might have expired, like food.
- Clean and sterilise dishware and flatware. Inspect paper products if they are contaminated.
- When you think you cannot handle the task or if it becomes impossible to do it alone, you can call a professional hoarding and squalor cleanup company like AllAces Cleaning & Restoration to help you.
At AllAces Cleaning & Restoration we take pride in our hoarding clean up procedure. It includes decontaminating hazardous chemicals and materials, deodorising of foul smell, proper disposal in accordance with local ordinances, and discretion since we know that hoarding can be a sensitive condition that calls for proper attention and care. If you are in need of help with hoarding cleanup, look no further. Call us on 1800 00 1010.