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Who Cleans Up Fingerprint Dust After a Crime Scene?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fingerprints asking "Who Cleans Up After a Crime Scene?" The fingerprint dust used by law enforcement is messy stuff and can require professional cleaning after a home's been dusted from top to bottom.

If you or someone you know has experienced a crime in their Ocean County home or business, such as a burglary, you may know that dusting for fingerprints may help law enforcement solve the crime. Fingerprinting is necessary for law enforcement but it can be a nuisance once they are finished. The fingerprint dust used by law enforcement is messy stuff and the residual marks and dust can be both frustrating to the property owner and extremely difficult to clean. It may require professional cleaning after a property has been dusted before you try common household cleaners and water that can activate the dust, making it nearly impossible to remove.  

You may not even know that invisible fingerprints themselves are made of water, fatty acids, amino acids and triglycerides—in other words, they result from the oil and sweat that your skin produces naturally. To make them visible, you have to find a way to detect one of these substances present in the invisible fingerprint. The easiest method is called dusting, in which you use a very fine powder that can stick to the oil in the fingerprint, according to Scientific American. Once the fingerprint becomes visible, it can be lifted from the surface with clear tape and transferred to another surface to be taken into the laboratory for further analysis. 

Interested in learning more about fingerprint analysis, download this informative analysis sheet from Home Scientific Tools

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Toms River 24/7 at (732) 349-9898.

We are available 365 days a year, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for emergency cleanup. Our highly trained technicians are ready and standing by. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. SERVPRO of Toms River will clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation including:

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

SEVPRO of Toms River: Thank You First Responders

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Silerton Fire Truck getting sanitized by SERVPRO of Toms River Silverton Fire Department trucks getting sanitized at one of the four disinfecting stations at the Ocean County Mall, Toms River, NJ.

Complimentary First Responder Emergency Vehicle Professional Disinfecting Stations 

This past Thursday, April 23, 2020, SERVPRO of Toms River sanitized 175 emergency First Responder Vehicles at the Ocean County Mall. We had fire trucks, ambulances, police and sheriff cars, undercover cars, security and corrections vehicles from as far as Barnegat and Ocean Township to as close as the Toms River Police Department right around the corner.

We offered free towel surface wipe down and Microbial Misting throughout the vehicles at one of our four disinfecting stations in front of Macy's and JCPenney. 

Special thanks to Air Duct Cleaning Solutions for bringing their crew to help out with this fantastic event. Also, thanks to Blue Wave Printing for distributing hand sanitizer to be kept in the emergency vehicles. 

Thank you to everyone who is working hard to keep us all safe during this unique time in our lives.

Hoarding Cleanup and Remediation for Your New Jersey Home

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

This home in Ocean County, NJ needed SERVPRO of Toms River to make it "Like It Never Even Happened".

Hoarding Cleanup and Remediation for Your New Jersey Home 


Hoarding disorder is a psychiatric condition that produces symptoms such as the compulsive urge to acquire unusually large amounts of possessions and the inability to voluntarily part with those possessions. According to PsychCentral, compulsive hoarding affects approximately 700,000 to 1.4 people in the U.S.


People with this disorder may accumulate possessions that include locations in their homes, yards, vehicles, offices or work settings which can lead to complications that can be dangerous to clean up on your own. According to The Mayo Clinic, some hazards and complications may include:



  • Unsanitary conditions that pose a risk to health

  • Mold

  • Increased risk of falls

  • Injury or being trapped by shifting or falling items

  • Biohazards

  • A fire hazard

  • An inability to perform daily tasks, such as bathing or cooking

  • Poor work performance

  • Family conflicts

  • Loneliness and social isolation

  • Financial problems

  • Legal issues, including eviction


If someone you know or even yourself needs hoarding cleanup, it is best to call in a professional remediation company. SERVPRO of Toms River has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 732-349-9898 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.


For more information on hoarding and safety:


Hoarding: The Basics


Mayo Clinic Hoarding Symptoms


PsychCentral Compulsive Hoarding


NFPA: Hoarding and Fire Safety