The best way to help a hoarder clean their home is by getting professional help. Someone with experience in hoarding cleaning can help guide you on the precautions you need to take to avoid injuries, illnesses, and emergencies while trying to help your loved one.
Hoarding disorder affects approximately 6% of the population. It can have serious consequences on a person’s physical and emotional well-being.
While cleaning a hoarder’s home can be a daunting task, it is essential for their health and safety. However, it’s important to approach the situation with sensitivity and care.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when helping a hoarder clean their home is to take a compassionate and non-judgmental approach.
Hoarding disorder is a mental health condition, and individuals who struggle with it often experience shame and embarrassment about their living situation. It’s crucial to establish trust and build a relationship with the hoarder before initiating any cleaning efforts.
Always prioritize your safety when attempting to clean a hoarder’s home. It may contain hazardous materials such as mold, bacteria, and bed bugs.
Always wear personal protective equipment, like gloves, masks, and coveralls. Additionally, it’s important to use safe and effective cleaning products that won’t cause harm to the hoarder or their property.
If you want to limit your exposure to harmful toxins, try to avoid harsh chemical cleaners wherever possible. However, that might not be an option for you in the beginning.
Hoarder homes are exposed to much more unsanitary conditions than you might be used to.
So you may need to start off with highly concentrated cleaners once you clear all the clutter.
While you most likely will need heavy-duty cleaners in the beginning, once the home is in better shape you may prefer switching to natural cleaning products.
No matter what you encounter in the home, remember not to judge. Helping a hoarder clean their home requires a compassionate and sensitive approach.
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