Helping You Make Our World a Cleaner, Safer Place

Clandestine (Meth) Lab Cleanup

Warning: Before undertaking any meth lab cleanup efforts, it is imperative the you check whether your state/city/county requires licensing or specific protocals to be followed.

Properties used to produce meth will usually be found with a lab-like setting, including containers of chemicals, heat sources, and various types of lab equipment. Typically, after a lab is discovered by law enforcement, the bulk of any lab-related debris, such as chemicals and containers, is removed. However, it is possible that a small amount of contamination may be left on surfaces, such as sinks, drains, and ventilation systems, or in absorbent materials, such as carpets and furniture. Though found in small amounts, meth lab contaminants may pose health threats to persons exposed to them.

Many of the contaminants present during meth's cooking process can be harmful if someone is exposed to them. These contaminants can cause health problems including respiratory (breathing) problems, skin and eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Acute (short-term) exposures to high concentrations of some of these chemicals, such as those law enforcement officers face when they first enter a lab, can cause severe health problems including lung damage and burns to different parts of the body.

During the meth cooking process, vapors are given off that can spread and be absorbed by nearby materials. Spilled chemicals, supplies, and equipment can further contaminate non-lab items. It is a good idea to remove unnecessary items from the property and dispose of them properly. Items that are visibly contaminated should be removed from the property and may be disposed of in a local landfill.

Remember these steps to cleaning a former meth property:

  • Air out the property before and during cleanup
  • Remove all unnecessary items and dispose of them
  • Remove visibly contaminated items or items that have an odor
  • Clean all surfaces using proper personal protection. Clean the ventilation system
  • Leave plumbing cleaning up to the experts

Option 1

  1. Ventilate contained areas. There is no need to keep the site under negative pressure. It is a good idea to use carbon filters in your air scrubbers.
  2. Remove all porous items.
  3. Use a HEPA vacuum to clean all surfaces.
  4. Perform pH testing to determine areas to be cleaned and what products they should be cleaned with (alkaline or acid based).
  5. Use only disposable rags for wet cleaning. Each rag should clean a max of 4' x 4' area (2' is recommended)
  6. Perform post-cleaning testing to ensure you've done a thorough job.
  7. Seal surfaces using Fiberlock Lead Barrier Compound (this step is not required, but recommended).

Option 2

  1. Ventilate contained areas. There is no need to keep the site under negative pressure. It is a good idea to use carbon filters in your air scrubbers.
  2. Remove all porous items.
  3. Use a HEPA vacuum to clean all surfaces.
  4. Perform pH testing to determine areas to be cleaned and what products they should be cleaned with (alkaline or acid based).
  5. Use only disposable rags for wet cleaning. Each rag should clean a max of 4' x 4' area (2' is recommended)
  6. Heat the area to 105ºF for 6 to 8 hours while using air scrubbers with carbon filters. You can also use ozone with heat (Ozone is not preferred since the heat/airflow greatly diminishes the effectiveness).
  7. Perform post-cleaning testing to ensure you've done a thorough job.
  8. Seal surfaces using Fiberlock Lead Barrier Compound (this step is not required, but recommended).

Warning: Always test materials for colorfastness, follow label directions, and never mix products unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary.

18 Item(s)

List View Grid View

Set Descending Direction

  1. Dry Air  Max Force Air Mover

    Dry Air Max Force Air Mover

    The MAX Force delivers maximum air to tackle the toughest jobs. Designed to push large volumes of air through ducting, the MAX Force can ventilate and dry out the hardest to reach places quickly and easily. Whether you are blasting an open-air system on the front end of a job or tackling a hard-to-reach area like a crawlspace, the MAX Force gets it done faster. When you really need to move some air... MAX Force it!

    • 8.8 amps, 1 HP
    • Single-speed, ductable axial air mover
    • Ductable to 50 feet (ducting sold separately)
    • 38 lbs.
    • Interlocking stacking design
  2. Fiberlock IAQ Advanced Peroxide Cleaner

    Starting at: $72.28

    Fiberlock IAQ Advanced Peroxide Cleaner

    IAQ Advanced Peroxide Cleaner is the most advanced cleaner available for the restoration and remediation professional. It aggressively removes stains and odors caused by mold, mildew, bacteria, and other microbial growth.

    • For use in mold remediation and water damage restoration
    • Penetrates deep into the substrate to remove stains
    • Does not leave chemical residue
  3. pH Pen & pH Pen Kit

    Starting at: $99.99

    pH Pen & pH Pen Kit

    Take quick, accurate readings on concrete and carpeted surfaces. Flat surface electrode measures pH on concrete, carpets and solid objects. CAL alerts signals need to recalibrate. Kit contains pen, spare electrode, solutions and carry case.

    • Get quick pH readings on all types of carpet
    • High accuracy of 0.01 pH
    • Display indicates when the reading is stabilized
  4. 14" x 15" x 1" Activated Carbon Filter

    Starting at: $41.00

    14" x 15" x 1" Activated Carbon Filter

    This 1" Activated Carbon Filter fits the Ultimate 1000 Air Scrubber/Negative Air Machine
    • Optional 2nd Stage Filter for the HEPA 1000 Air Scrubber
    • Must use 1" Pre-Filter in concert with this filter
    • Listed Size: 14 x 15 x 1 inches
    • Nominal Size: 13.7 x 14.7 x .875 inches
  5. Microfiber Cloth 16" x 16," 300 Gram - Various Colors

    Starting at: $1.39

    Microfiber Cloth 16" x 16," 300 Gram - Various Colors

    Softer than silk, yet bull-dog tough, these 300-gram weight microfiber cloths measure 16" x 16". They pick up more dirt and dust than traditional rags and wipes, plus they use less chemical and leave surfaces dry and streak free. Each cloth can withstand up to 500 washings! 80% polyester/20% polyamide.
    • Withstands up to 500 washings
    • 300-gram quality
    • Lasts longer and picks up more dirt
    • Lint-free
    • Use on any surface—will not scratch
  6. Lay Flat Ducting, 14-inch x 250-foot (Various Mils)

    Starting at: $39.44

    Lay Flat Ducting, 14-inch x 250-foot (Various Mils)

    When you need Lay-Flat Ducting for your air scrubber, negative air machine, or dehumidifier, choose a tough product that holds up over the long haul. This duct comes in a 14-inch x 250-foot roll. Custom-cut just the amount you need and store the rest!

    • 14” diameter when expanded
    • 22” wide when flat
    • Available in either 2-mil or 6-mil thickness
  7. Lay Flat Ducting, 10-inch x 250-foot (Various Mils)

    Starting at: $32.23

    Lay Flat Ducting, 10-inch x 250-foot (Various Mils)

    When you need Lay-Flat Ducting for your air scrubber, negative air machine, or dehumidifier, choose a tough product that holds up over the long haul. This duct comes in a 10-inch x 250-foot roll. Custom-cut just the amount you need and store the rest.

    • 10” diameter when expanded
    • 16” wide when flat
    • Available in either 2-mil or 6-mil thickness
  8. Phoenix FireBird Electric Heat Drying System

    Phoenix FireBird Electric Heat Drying System

    If you have a drying job in a cold, freezing basement, you need a lot of heat to get things dry. The FireBird gives you portable BTUs wherever you need them!

    • Up to 31,000 BTUs
    • 360 CFM
    • Up to 80°F increase in temperature
    • Uses 220 volt electricity
    • 24/40 amp user selective
  9. HEPA 1000 Air Scrubber

    HEPA 1000 Air Scrubber

    Want to earn up to 70% more rental income on your air scrubber? Switch to the HEPA 1000 Air Scrubber. Its cutting-edge design delivers 1,000 CFM of clean, HEPA-filtered air.

    • Earn up to 70% more rental income
    • 1,000 CFM of Clean HEPA Filtered Air
    • Compact size allows for one-person operation
    • Weighs just 73.5 pounds!
  10. EnergEdry ELE 6400R Eliminator Electric Heater

    EnergEdry ELE 6400R Eliminator Electric Heater

    Field-tested for quality, durability and performance, the EnergEdry Eliminator dries up to 400 sq ft of carpet, padding, and more. Perfect for drying wood floors, personal property, structural drying, drying concrete, and much, much more.

    • Up to 21,849 BTUs
    • 6,400-watt heater
    • 325 CFM
    • Up to 90°F heat rise over ambient
    • Uses 2-5 15-amp 115V Circuits
  11. ProTeam LineVacer HEPA Backpack Vacuum with Xover Tool Kit

    ProTeam LineVacer HEPA Backpack Vacuum with Xover Tool Kit

    This HEPA vacuum is ideal for medical facilities, clean rooms, computer labs or highly sensitive areas, offering the finest package of motor power and filters in the market.
    • 10-quart capacity
    • Ideal vacuum for medical facilities
    • Can tackle asbestos and lead paint abatement cleanup
    • HEPA filtration
    • Weighs just 13 pounds
  12. Minuteman HEPA MicroVac

    Minuteman HEPA MicroVac

    The Minuteman Micro Vac is ideal for mold, lead, or asbestos remediation. It combats harmful allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and animal dander that collect in carpeting, draperies, and furniture.
    • HEPA filter is 99.97% efficient at 0.3 microns
    • Quiet, yet powerful vacuum motor won’t disturb occupants
    • 4-gallon capacity
    • Ideal for mold, lead or asbestos remediation
    • Tools included
  13. Disposable Wipes (50 PK)

    Price: $3.23

    Sale: $1.94

    Disposable Wipes (50 PK)

    These handy white wipes really come in handy on any job that needs more than a paper towel, but less than a regular towel. Since no laundering is required, just use and toss!
    • Each measures 12 x 13 inches
    • Use and throw away
    • No laundering needed
  14. Utility Pail - Double

    Utility Pail - Double

    This utility pail has two compartments, which makes it easy to organize tools and supplies and transport them from job to job. The zinc-plated carrying handle has a comfortable plastic grip.

    • 16 Quart Capacity
    • Double compartments for special jobs
    • Great for carrying tools and supplies
    • Separates cleaning solution from rinse water
  15. Unsmoke Degrease-All Degreaser

    Starting at: $25.15

    Unsmoke Degrease-All Degreaser

    Degrease-All offers a special blend of tough cleaning agents formulated to remove silt and soot from walls, fixtures, sealed wood, painted surfaces, yet gentle enough to be used as a traffic lane cleaner. It is tough enough to remove the heaviest smoke odors.
    • Multi-surface degreaser
    • Highly effective pre-spray for carpet or upholstery
    • pH: 12.3
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Various dilution options
  16. DuPont™ StoneTech® Restore Acidic Cleaner

    Starting at: $180.24

    DuPont™ StoneTech® Restore Acidic Cleaner

    Restore cleans away hard water deposits, grout haze, efflorescence and soap scum. For use on ceramic and porcelain tile, granite, slate, sandstone, and grout.

    • Cleans away hard water deposits, grout haze and soap scum
    • Makes tile and grout look new
    • pH varies from 1-2.8 with dilution
    • Variable dilutions
    • Covers 2,000 to 8,000 sq ft per gallon
  17. Bag-A-Duct, Various Sizes

    Starting at: $170.00

    Bag-A-Duct, Various Sizes

    Use flexible ducting to ventilate small, confined areas that fans cannot reach. Cheap ducting won't last long, and you may end up paying more in the long run.

    • Various diameter
    • Comes with built-in storage bag
    • Works in temperatures ranging from -20º to 185º
  18. Fiberlock LBC - Lead Barrier Compound (5 GL)

    Fiberlock LBC - Lead Barrier Compound (5 GL)

    LBC is a safe and effective alternative to the costly process of lead-based paint removal and is accepted in all 50 states as a permanent lead abatement method.
    • Goes on white, dries white
    • Coverage of 80-120 sq ft per gal
    • Dries in 1-2 hours
    • Meets/Surpasses ASTM E-1795 Standard for Lead-Based Paint Encapsulants for both indoor and outdoor use

18 Item(s)

List View Grid View

Set Descending Direction