"Once that truck backs up and you see people in Tyvex suits getting out," says Santi Kleen owner Cindy Newcomb.
"We did some research and found that the same equipment that we use for our professional cleaning service can be used to clean up the drug labs," Newcomb
says. Cindy Newcomb
has been cleaning up after dangerous drug labs for two years."We`ve been out cleaning five times," she
says.But the job isn`t for amateurs."The suits provide a little barrier so you don`t get the residue on your clothes, we`re also using one of these which is the most critical part of the equipment which is a respirator," she
explains.After all of the protective gear is on they get to work, first throwing out everything but the kitchen sink."We`ll remove all of the personal property, the carpet, the drapes, light fixtures, molding from the house then wash it down twice," Newcomb
And with the help of an air purifier, they test the house one last time for residue to make sure there`s no trace of the chemicals.All of their hard work brings in a big payoff."$4,000 to $12,000," she
says.A job they hope they`ll never have to do again."We would like to work our way out of the business completely, and never have to clean another drug lab or drug contaminated property again," Newcomb
is working with a testing lab to try to promote at-home testing kits for landlords.She
needs a grant to make a how-to video that teaches property owners how to wipe areas for residue then send it to the lab.She
says by testing tenants every so often, it might eliminate them from trying to use drugs or manufacture them in the home altogether.