What we commonly refer to as Tear Gas is actually not gas at all but a fine powder or oil based vapor. Cleaning the residue is a process best handled by an experienced Bio-Recovery Company. Bio-One NYC is available on scene to properly and effectively cleanup any traces of tear gas.
There are about 15 products on the market that can go under the tear gas category. Even though the chemical compounds used in these products are different they all produce tearing, sneezing, coughing and temporary blindness. The most common tear gas used in the U.S. goes under the acronyms CS, CR and CN. The substance that is used determines the way we perform the cleanup.
Types of Tear Gas
Tear gas contains a chemical compound that irritates the mucous membranes. The types of tear gas are as follows:
- (CS) – At room temperature this gas is not actually gas but a fine micronized powder that produces a cloud in the air which is inhaled by the target. The residue permeates all surrounding objects at the scene such as clothing, backpacks, furniture, upholstery and curtains.
- (CN) – Is known as Mace & works very effectively at close range. The CN is dispersed with an oily substance, which causes it to stick to skin and other surfaces.
- (CR) – Is a pale yellow solid in the form of fine powder that is suspended in liquid and dispersed into the air. CR can stay active on surfaces for up to 2 months and must be properly cleaned.
Tear Gas Cleanup Process
After an indoor space has been contaminated with tear gas, a remediation is necessary to reverse or stop further health & environmental damage.
- All Omni Clean staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when entering a space that was affected by tear gas. That includes a full-face respirator and biohazard suit.
- We remove the tear gas residue by vacuuming the area thoroughly with an industrial grade vacuum & filtration system. Home vacuums will simply not work because the fine dust will escape the filters and be redistributed again into the air, causing more tearing and coughing.
- Washing everything with only large amounts of water, especially when CS is involved, can make the effect even worse.
- Remove carpets, upholstery and cloth based furniture. Hard surfaces are cleaned and disinfected.
- Everything that can be moved outside should taken out and cleaned, watching for downdraft.
Omni Clean is experienced in all avenues of decontamination; whether it is a crime scene, attempted or successful suicide scene, decomposing body or tear gas decontamination, our professional team has extensive training in all matters biohazard removal. We work with insurance companies and victim’s compensation funds. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for quick response and emergencies.