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Vehicle Decontamination Remediates Unwanted Hazards

There are many scenarios where vehicle decontamination should be done by professional hazmat cleaners to thoroughly clean and sanitize personal or commercial vehicles. The number of hours spent in our cars, trucks, buses and vans quickly adds up considering 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. They need to be safe for assurance and peace of mind.

Recovered car waiting for decontamination

When to decontaminate your vehicle

Biohazardous materials require more specialized cleaning than what is safe to take on yourself or to place detailers at risk.  Contact a certified hazmat company specifically trained in crime scene and biohazardous cleaning as your first line of defense when your vehicle has any of the following conditions:

Bodily fluids (eg. urines, feces, vomit)

Blood and blood products

Decomposing bodies

Drugs, drug residue (eg. fentanyl, meth, heroin, opiates, amphetamines, Ecstasy / MDMA)

Drug paraphernalia

Sharps (eg. needles, syringes, razor blades, broken glass)

Weapons

Stolen and recovered, whether it looks clean or not

Signs of a rodent, insect, bird, or other infestation

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

Mold problem

Odor problem

Extensive garbage and debris

Someone was living in vehicle

Used in a crime

Infectious disease (eg. COVID-19, hepatitis B or C)

Transport passengers frequently, especially if immune-compromised, and want to ensure cleanliness and prevent the spread of disease

Who needs decontamination services?

Encountering any of these situations can happen to anyone who drives or whose work involves vehicles:

  • individual car owner (eg car, minivan, van, truck, SUV, hybrid)
  • corporate fleet manager
  • insurance adjuster
  • autobody shop
  • detailer
  • truck drivers
  • bus drivers
  • rental companies
  • taxi drivers
  • dealerships
  • bio vehicle auction houses
  • impound lots
  • first responders (eg ambulance, police cruiser, fire truck)
  • local mechanics
Towed recovered stolen car unloaded at shop

Handling dangerous substances, such as illicit drugs, blood or other bodily fluids, pathogens, weapons, or sharps requires training, experience, and specialized equipment to ensure the job is done thoroughly and safely. At Mayken™, we have over a decade of training and experience with decontamination and disinfecting services for vehicles. Our technicians follow our protocols to safely handle all these dangerous jobs for you.

Drug testing and decontamination for recovered stolen vehicles

When stolen cars are recovered and returned to their owners, the first concern for most owners has always been

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

An inspection by a trusted mechanic would be booked and the car checked out to remove all worries.

Nowadays, with the high rates of car theft, illegal drug use, and how much more dangerous some types of narcotics can be, the first question should be:

  • is it even safe to enter the car?

According to law enforcement agencies across the country, most of the time when a car or truck is stolen it is used to carry out other illegal activities. Often these crimes are carried out by drug users or are related to illegal drugs use.

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

used needles found during vehicle decontamination

Instead of a mechanic, an inspection by experienced crime scene cleaners 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 residues, biohazardous substances and more. And they have special decontamination equipment to aid in the process.

Decontamination is much more than detailing

The decontamination and cleanup process for recovered stolen cars goes far beyond the even the most exhaustive detailing or deep cleaning. For the safety of all, we treat every car like it has drug contamination and other dangerous items.

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

Naloxone Overdose Prevention Kit For Fentanyl House Remediation

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

If you attempt to clean your vehicle without this level of protection, please do your research and pay special attention to understand the risks you are taking to your health and even your life.

Drug testing

Once fully protected, the first step is to know what we are dealing with. Thorough testing is done to identify the presence of:

  • crystal meth
  • heroin
  • opiates
  • cocaine
  • amphetamines
  • Ecstasy / MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine)
  • fentanyl
Suspected dust tested for fentanyl

If test results are positive, the client is notified immediately. This pre-test also forms part of the final report.

This drug testing can be booked by anyone wishing to know what substances they may be dealing with.

The decontamination process

Next, we perform a complete inspection using special tools to search through the vehicle looking for hazardous objects and matter.  Depending on the extent of damage, particularly where blood is present or there is a rodent infestation, the vehicle may be stripped down to the frame.  

Once test results are known and hazardous materials have been identified, cleaning can begin. We use special products to remove and disinfect surfaces to remove 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 odors if necessary. Circulating air will be as safe and clean as the rest of the car.

Vehicle Decontamination after theft recovery

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 car 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.

Let’s not forget disposal. Biohazardous waste should be disposed of properly, not just thrown into the household garbage. Mayken™ is fully trained, insured and certified by the province of Alberta to transport and dispose of biohazardous waste found in the vehicle.

Decontamination is not for the DIYer

You can see by the depth of detail taken to ensure a car is clean that this is more than a “the works” car wash or detailing. Depending on the nature of the contamination and the condition of the car, it is not unusual for a proper decontamination 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 theft recovery vehicles in addition to countless other hazardous conditions.  We want to get you back on the road as quickly and as safely as possible with peace of mind.

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 (eg. blood, urines, feces, vomit)
  • Rodent, insect, or bird infestations
  • Chemical residue (eg. fire extinguisher powder, tear gas, fingerprint powder)
  • Mold or odor problems
  • Infectious disease (eg. 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 first 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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