For many people, they assume that hoarding is a pure obsession and can easily be avoided. But little do they know how serious it is. People who know hoarders may understand the severity of the condition itself. Hoarding has long been considered a mental illness. One cannot stop being a hoarder in just one day. It takes time, treatment and a lot of effort and helps to prevent the disease.
If you have a loved one who is recovering from hoarding or who have recovered already congratulations, now that she is trying to get her life normal, she needs you and her other loved ones more than ever. The next step you can take with her is to help restore her home into a suitable place to live in. Hoarding cleanup is a long and tedious process, but it is doable. You need to put your time and dedication to making sure that the job is finished. If you and your family members are planning to restore, here are the steps you can follow to clean a hoarders house successfully and adequately.
Assessment of the Situation
First and foremost, you need to assess the situation accurately. Do take note that many items there were stored for decades and they pose a lot of health hazards. Check on the condition of the house too, how thick are the molds? What kinds of pests are there? Are there any fire hazards? You have to know what you will be dealing with.
Planning a Cleaning Strategy
Once you know how the situation is, it is time for you to device a cleaning strategy. What are the things you need to do first? Make a list on the sequence of your cleaning process. If there are others with you, give out an assignment, have your cleaning schedule and a target deadline to finish each task. If your hoarder family member is still recovering, it is best to ask her first if she can handle helping out as it might cause a relapse on her condition.
Gathering Cleaning Supplies
Before you start your cleaning journey, collect all the supplies you need. Start from personal protective equipment like gloves, goggles and protective clothing. If possible, find some sturdy shoes too as well as a hard hat. Afterward, see all the cleaning materials you need including items for disinfecting the place later. Do not forget to get some insect repellant, flashlight as well as a first-aid kit.
The next step you need is to sort out all the items in the house. Check all that has to be thrown out, given away and those that will stay in the house. It is best to do this before cleaning to make things simpler and more accessible for everyone. You would want all the junk to go away first.
Cleaning and Restoration
When you have done all of the above, you can start with your cleaning. It is advisable to start cleaning from the uppermost floors going down and then from room to room. Make sure you disinfect and sanitize every area you finished cleaning. Do not forget to include items that belong in that room too. Be careful as there are many health dangers with cleaning alone. If possible, contact some experts to help you or to do the cleaning. They are trained professionals who have the skills to do the restoration. You can always visit our office for assistance.