We’re Not Detailing, We Are MAYKEN it Safer! So, when a stolen vehicle has been recovered and finally returned, your initial thoughts are that you’re just glad to have it back, but did it cross your mind about vehicle decontamination? Probably not, but it should be a top priority.
Whether this is your vehicle, or you are an Insurance Adjuster, Body Shop, Dealership, Auction, Impound Lot or the 1st responder initially recovering the vehicle, most of the time a vehicle is stolen it’s for illegal activities and often it is related to drugs or the thief themselves is a drug user.
This can involve needles, bio-hazards and even drug residue from items like fentanyl. It’s affecting first responders like the police and/or paramedics at the scene and if not properly dealt with those same issues can affect the vehicle owners or anyone working on the vehicle afterwards.
This could be you, your children, even your mechanic! That’s why vehicle decontamination after a theft or even a break in may be of importance.
What Does Vehicle Decontamination Involve?
We are mobile as well as in shop. At Mayken we do not enter a vehicle without a full PPE or Personal Protective Equipment suit on. These include full face respirators, hoods, gloves and a protective suit to prevent any residue from being ingested or contacting our skin.
Once we’re protected our Hazmat Technician performs a Fentanyl Swab Testing and a complete inspection using tongs to pick and search through the vehicle. We do a complete inspection looking for weapons, sharp objects (like needles or razor blades, broken glass), potential rodent infestations, drugs, drug paraphernalia and drug residue which involves testing surfaces.
Once we’ve determined what or if any contamination is present, we can move onto cleaning which will eliminate illicit drugs, any blood borne pathogens or bodily fluids, and/or any insect and rodent infestations or other hazards that are found like general garbage and debris.
This cleaning is the ultimate detailing package as it involves removing all contents, HEPA vacuuming the interior before and after, spray sanitizing along with wiping and washing all surfaces and hot steam cleaning the upholstery, carpets and seats.
Once this is all complete, we do a final detail wipe down and vacuum along with washing and sanitizing all the floor mats before returning them.
All in all, a vehicle decontamination is not a 15-minute cleanup. It can typically involve one to three days depending on what is detected in the initial inspection and after allowing for taking the interior apart, drying times after steam cleaning and then re-assembly.
In the end though due to the thoroughness of our vehicle decontamination you can be assured it’s once again safe for you and your family. We also will use an Ozone Generator to remove any lingering odors left behind.
Testing For Fentanyl
All theft recovery vehicles are tested for Fentanyl!
If test results are positive – it is immediately reported to the Client (Insurance company, automotive body shop, dealers or owners).
Because of all the hidden areas in dash boards it is our opinion that vehicles cannot be completely neutralized if fentanyl is detected.
For more information check out our newly written article on Drug Testing Vehicles & Properties
For Our Protection From Fentanyl
Naloxone kits are easily accessible to save our life in case of emergency during a vehicle decontamination.
Mayken, Your Life Cleaner and Safer!
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