Mouse feces and urine cleanup should be performed by knowledgeable biohazard remediation companies. Due to the threat of pathogens, several precautions must be taken to ensure those pathogens are properly handled. Even a small amount of feces can be potentially hazardous to your health. Here are some tips for choosing a company to perform mouse feces and urine cleanup.
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When working affected areas, mouse feces and urine cleanup should only be attempted when using proper Personal Protective Equipment. When possible, containment should be set up to keep pathogens in the affected area isolated to that area. Negative air, or an air scrubber, should be set up in the affected area to catch the pathogens that will become airborne during the cleanout and cleaning phase. The air from the room should be vented outdoors, if possible. Depending on the amount of items to be disposed, the large items should be gathered first and placed into large trash bags. The bags should be filled to about 75% capacity, leaving room to be able to properly tie the bags for transporting outside the home. Each bag should be immediately removed after it is properly tied and taken outside. If transporting off of the property, it can be place in a vehicle.
After removing the large items, a cleaner can begin to properly vacuum the affected area. Start with the visible contamination, such as the remaining feces. This may be a slow process, but is necessary. Once the visible feces and contaminates are removed, a cleaner should vacuum the ceilings, walls (top to bottom), molding, and flooring. Any items inside the room should also be vacuumed as well, including furniture, electronics, clothing, bedding, and all other items. Once the vacuuming is complete, a cleaner should remove the vacuum cleaner from the affected area and properly clean and disinfect the outside of the vacuum cleaner.
Cleaning items contaminated with feces and urine can be tough. Upholstered items and fabric can be sanitized to destroy some of the germs and pathogens, but generally cannot be completely disinfected. The items should have the bulk of the feces removed first, then vacuumed with a HEPA-vacuum system vacuum cleaner to remove as much feces and particles as possible. After vacuuming, you can then steam the fabric to kill additional pathogens, clean the upholstery with soap and water, or apply an EPA-registered disinfectant to the surface of the fabric. Some of the odor will be eliminated, but it isn’t uncommon for some of the odor to linger, as the foam cushions under the fabric may contain pathogens that were not affected by vacuuming, steaming, or applying disinfectant.