Painting and Decorating Made Easier!


One of the funniest foreign tv sitcoms, aired in 2014-2015, was “The Cleaner.” It starred an average German named Joe, who ran a small crime scene clean-up service.


The problem was that Joe liked to talk. And, he tended to meddle in the lives of whomever may have been on the scene, or involved in the case. Live victims, dead victims’ loved ones, neighbors, police, even suspects.


Joe had a very messy job. Horrible working conditions. A big pile of stress. Tight deadlines. Demanding clients.


But, Joe was a credit to his profession, and his community. He always left the people on the scene in better shape. Just like the rooms and property that he treated.


In April, I happened to notice a connection to a real crime scene clean up expert. “Jerome” was located in the London area. Unlike with Joe, his services included repairing and repainting of the property.


He told me that the restoration services were added in 2008, when his business slowed down. More people had entered the field. He needed to stay at the top of the specialized resource list. Property owners of crime scene properties wanted all signs of the incident eradicated.


One of my questions concerned the odors that crimes left behind.


“How do you guarantee 100 percent removal of the smells?’


Jerome listed four tips:
1. Air out the place for as long as possible. Before you start the clean up, then during the work, and after all restorative work is completed. At least three days.

2. Use one or more of the following products:

A. Disinfectants: Microben, Shockwave RTU, bleach and peroxide.

B. Enzyme cleaners: Viraguard, Metrex.

C. Blood borne pathogens spill kit.

3. Use paint and finishing products that DO leave behind an initial product odor.

4. Repaint or refinish every surface in the area. Do not minimize the need for a complete overhaul.


These basic tips make sense in other scenarios. Examples: Small fire, flooding, tornado, hurricane, roof leak, water/plumbing leak.


Commercial painters can be called to work on properties linked to some very gross situations.


I’ve done more than a few.
1. 3-story /Victorian home of elderly sisters, both found dead and badly decomposed.

2. Lake Michigan 3-story home of a physician, who took his own life in the sun room.

3. 4-bedroom ranch home of Alzheimer’s patient, who had been sheltering over 75 cats.

4. Historic Miami large apartment of noted author and professor, discovered deceased in the middle of wall-to-wall pack rat mess.


Restoring purpose to properties struck by crime, or other tragedies, can be very gratifying. To see, smell, and touch the positive changes taking shape as you work is a benefit of value far greater than the fee you’re paid.



Cleaning up someone else’s mess can be a service of merit, and a source of gratification.



Thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”
Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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