Vehicle Decontamination

Drug Testing & Decontamination for Recovered Stolen Vehicles in Calgary

When stolen cars are recovered and returned to their owners, the main concerns for owners has always been:

Has the car been damaged? Is it still safe to drive?

An inspection by a trusted mechanic would likely need to be booked to remove all worries. Nowadays, with the high rates of car theft, illegal drug use, and how much more dangerous certain types of narcotics can be, the first question should be:

Is it even safe to enter the car?

Sometimes the offenders will even live in the car for some time. All of this means it is highly likely any stolen vehicle that is recovered and returned to you will have some sort of drug residue left behind. Before anyone even enters the car, having it drug tested is a crucial first step.

Instead of a mechanic, an inspection by an experienced hazmat technician should be your top priority. The car may look clean to the naked eye, but professional hazmat personnel know how and where to look for unseen illicit drug residue, biohazard substances, and more. They also have special decontamination equipment to aid in the process.

Vehicle Drug Testing in Calgary

The first step in vehicle decontamination is to know exactly what we are dealing with. Once fully protected, our team conducts thorough testing to identify the presence of:

  • Heroin
  • Opiates
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Ecstasy / MDMA
  • Methamphetamine & Crystal Meth
  • Fentanyl & Carfentanil
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Xylazine

If test results are positive, the client is notified immediately. The pre-test also forms part of the final report. Vehicle drug testing can be booked by anyone wishing to know what substances they may be dealing with.


Vehicle Decontamination Remediates Hazards

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Decontamination Is Much More Than Detailing

The decontamination and cleanup for recovered stolen vehicles goes far beyond even the most exhaustive detailing or deep cleaning. For everyone's safety, we treat every vehicle as if drug contamination has been confirmed and other dangerous items are present.

Once we've identified that there are substances present in your vehicle, our team completes an inspection. Using special equipment, we search through the vehicle looking for hazardous objects and matter. Depending on the extent of the damage, particularly where blood is present or there is a rodent infestation, the vehicle may be stripped down to the frame.

When test results are known and specific hazardous materials have been identified, cleaning can begin. We use special products to neutralize surfaces. This removes illicit drug particles and residue in addition to other contaminants, garbage, and debris. With close attention to detail, we also address the HVAC system and an ozone generator is used to remove lingering odours, if necessary. The air circulating will be as safe and clean as the rest of the vehicle.

During the final phase, the vehicle is reassembled, and a post-cleanup drug test is completed to ensure all drug residue has been remediated. This is an added measure to ensure your vehicle is once again safe for you and your passengers. This test is included in the final report as well as documenting photographs taken during the extensive decontamination. The final report is available to the client upon request.

Decontamination Is Not For The "DIY-er"

The depth and detail needed to ensure that a vehicle is clean requires much more than "the works" from a standard car wash or detailer. Depending on the nature of the contamination and the condition of the vehicle, it is not unusual for a process to take a full day or more. Additional time may need to be factored in to allow for drying and reassembly.

Mayken™ Hazmat has successfully decontaminated thousands of recovered stolen vehicles in addition to countless other vehicles with hazardous conditions. We want to get you back on the road as quickly and as safely as possible with peace of mind.


Our hazmat cleaning personnel wear PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes a face mask, gloves, and a full protective suit. This protective equipment helps prevent any drug residue from being ingested, inhaled, or coming into contact with the skin or eyes.

We also have Naloxone kits accessible in case of an emergency during the decontamination process.

If you attempt to decontaminate your vehicle without this level of protection, you are putting yourself and others around you at risk of coming in contact with dangerous substances.

When Vehicle Decontamination Is Necessary

Biohazardous materials require more specialized cleaning solutions to be used than what is safe for you or a detailer to take on. Contact a certified hazmat company, like Mayken™ who has training and experience in crime scene cleanup and biohazardous cleaning as your first line of defense when your vehicle has any of the following conditions:

Bodily Fluids

Blood or blood products

Drugs or drug residue (e.g. fentanyl, meth, heroin, opiates, amphetamines, ecstasy/MDMA)

Drug paraphernalia

Sharp Objects (e.g. needles, syringes, razor blades, broken glass)


Stolen & recovered vehicle (whether it looks clean or not)

Chemical residue (e.g. fire extinguisher powder, tear gas, fingerprint powder)

Extensive garbage & debris

Hoarding or someone was living in the vehicle

Used in a crime

Trusted Vehicle Decontamination Services In Calgary

There are many scenarios where vehicle decontamination should be done by professional hazmat cleaners to ensure your personal vehicle has been thoroughly sanitized. The number of hours spent in our vehicles, trucks, buses, and vans quickly adds up. Think about how often we drive to attend recreational activities, commute to work, and even work from in our vehicles! For some people, their vehicle is a home away from home. Vehicle decontamination allows you to have the assurance and peace of mind to know you are safe getting into your vehicle.

Ensure Your Stolen Vehicle Is Safe Again

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To avoid risks to your health, you should have your vehicle professionally decontaminated in any of the following circumstances:

  • Stolen and recovered. The police will search for evidence, but they won’t clean up items like drug residue, drug paraphernalia, broken glass, etc.
  • Human or animal bodily fluids (e.g. blood, urines, feces, vomit)
  • Rodent, insect, or bird infestations
  • Chemical residue (e.g. fire extinguisher powder, tear gas, fingerprint powder)
  • Mold or odor problems
  • Infectious disease (e.g. COVID-19, hepatitis B or C)

Professionals with biohazard cleanup experience and training will treat your vehicle like it has drug residue and other dangerous items. Technicians wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) to prevent any drug residue from being ingested, inhaled, or contacting skin or eyes. We keep Naloxone kits nearby in case of an emergency during the decontamination process. We run tests on the vehicle to determine what drugs are present, and we run tests after to ensure all drug residue has been neutralized. If necessary, we will strip the vehicle down to its frame to ensure proper cleanup, so your vehicle is safe for you, your family, and your pets.

When your stolen vehicle is returned to you, you should make 2 calls BEFORE entering the vehicle:

  1. Insurance company
  2. Drug testing company

First you should contact your insurance company to discuss your claim. They will recommend taking your vehicle to a body shop to inspect it for repairs and unseen damage.
Next you should contact a company that conducts drug tests on vehicles. There is no law requiring your stolen vehicle to be tested for drug residue. We recommend testing because vehicles are often stolen by drug users or dealers to commit other crimes. Many drugs are dangerous to your health even with just contact to the skin.

Yes, we do. Because of Mayken™'s extensive knowledge and experience, we have been selected to work with emergency services, municipal services, and many essential services, including corporate fleet services and commercial properties.
For fleet vehicles, having a trusted partner to take care of disinfecting makes sense. We have your vehicles ready to roll when your drivers are ready to go.

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