- Mar 3, 2019
- Real Name
- John Cartegna
- Business Location
- United States
I appreciate you sharing..Just my opinion here, but in some situations, it is more feasible to cut the affected area out and dispose of safely than to attempt to clean it out. Even then you should wear protective gear. That's what I should've done in both the above cases. That carpet can be either patched or replaced. When blood has saturated heavily into the carpet and pad my opinion is it should not even be attempted to clean it. It needs to be cut out and removed from the home. You really have no idea just how dense blood is until you try to rinse out a large amount of it. It is INCREDIBLY DENSE and extremely difficult to rinse out no matter what kind of machine you're using. The homeowner didn't know what they were doing and shouldn't have even attempted to use a rental machine for this, but then a lot of carpet cleaners really don't know what they're doing in this type of situation either. The pad could be saturated with blood.
In the Navy, I did lab work for a while. I got to see germs under a microscope and did cultures to determine the type of bacteria so the proper medicine could be given for a specific infection. It definitely made me more aware of what's around us and in us. When I did those 2 blood situations it was way back in the early 90's and there was really no readily available information on how to deal with it. Honestly, I should've known just how dangerous it can be from what I was taught and saw first hand in the Navy.
I think I wrapped my head around staying safe and disinfecting and cleaning the carpet. (ordered some Decon 30 and will have it Thursday)
I am still trying to fully wrap my head around disinfecting vacuum hoses and tools. For example, If I have to soak my water claw in undiluted Decon 30 and Decon 30 goes for $45 gallon on amazon that could get pricey and I wan to be sure I am disinfecting thoroughly and charging accordingly.
And, definetly trying to wrap my head around completely disinfecting vacuum hoses and how I can be sure I've done this. (Rather than just the area the disinfectant travels through the hose).
Then, when I picture having to clean the waste tank of blood (draining and disinfecting) Im starting to think if I want to take care of this stuff maybe formal training would be in order rather than go and get involved with this type of business half assed.