Hoarding is a psychological disorder in which a person feels a strong need to keep possessions or collect unnecessary objects, even when they’re not valuable. A hoarder will find it difficult to let go of or throw away things due to a perceived need to keep them.
Over time, the accumulation of unnecessary items results in a cluttered living space, and this can cause many health problems. For instance, it can be extremely difficult to clean a cluttered space, resulting in poor sanitation and compromised air quality.
Besides, stacking piles of items in a house increases the risk of injury due to obstructed pathways and stacked piles that are more likely to collapse.
People with a hoarding tendency may be unwilling to accept that they have a problem, even when it is evident that the problem is affecting their lives.
If your loved one is a hoarder, you can make a point of helping them clean their house if they’re ready to get rid of the items. However, cleaning a hoarder’s house requires more than just a basic house cleaning.
At The Junk Tycoons, we’ve compiled some practical tips on how to help a hoarder clean their house.
The first step is to remove the piles of accumulated junk from the house and make room for cleaning the space. You’ll need heavy-duty trash bags, a pickup truck for transporting the junk to a dumping location, protective gear, and cleaning products.
Tip: Start with smaller rooms, such as bathrooms, so you feel a sense of progress.
You may need two or three people to help you with this task, depending on the size of the house.
If you need professional help with clearing out the trash in a hoarder’s house, call The Junk Tycoons to help you.
Once the house is free of clutter, it’s time to clean and sanitize the floors. Depending on the severity of the situation, cleaning and sanitizing may take time. Ensure you thoroughly mop the tiles or floorboards, steam the carpets, and replace flooring in extreme cases.
A hoarder’s home is a likely hotbed for germs, so you’ll want to disinfect everything to make the house safe. Use a heavy-duty disinfectant to disinfect counters, hard surfaces, furniture, fabrics, and other items that might be harboring microscopic organisms.
After you’ve cleaned and disinfected the house, spray a deodorant around all of the potentially smelly areas so the house smells nice.
Most importantly, encourage the hoarder to seek professional help so they can effectively recover from the disorder.
If you need hoarding clean up services, call the professionals at The Junk Tycoons to help you out. As an experienced junk removal company, we have the expertise and the right tools and equipment to manage hoarding situations of any size.