Fingerprint Cleanup - Steri-Clean® Rhode Island

When police dust for fingerprints, a very fine black or white powder is used to detect any prints that may have been left behind at a crime scene. Every surface and object will need to be dusted, leaving behind a substantial mess to clean up.


What is Fingerprint Dust?

White powder is used to dust prints on dark surfaces, and dark powder is used if the prints are left on light-colored surfaces. Officials use either talcum-based powders for white, or graphite-based powders for black. Police can also use special fluorescent powders that glow under black light if the prints are on multi-colored or multi-textured surfaces.


Fingerprint dusting is intended to get the particles of the powder to stick to residue left by skin ridges on the fingers, palms, or feet. When a person touches something, the slight friction between the fingers and the object or surface can leave behind a mark from the natural oils in the skin. Law enforcement officials are able to get a better idea of a crime scene or a perpetrator and his or her actions by dusting for fingerprints. Most importantly, finding fingerprints can place a specific person or people at the crime scene.


Why Call a Professional?

As you attempt to wash away signs of the fingerprint dust, it will quickly turn into an inky substance that will stick to all your surfaces and belongings. Despite your best efforts, attempting to remove the dust will only spread it and make the mess worse. Plus, you can further damage surfaces and areas by vigorous cleaning methods.


On top of creating a mammoth mess, fingerprint dust formulas often contain lead, mercury and cadmium. Although vital to ensuring these powders work properly, these compounds are hazardous to your health. If you try to scrub the powder off a surface, you will be exposed  to the dust’s hazardous compounds. This can result in serious health complications and will more than likely require care from a medical provider.


Steri-Clean® Rhode Island  has proprietary techniques and chemicals to properly remove and neutralize fingerprint dust and other substances that investigators use. Our fingerprint dust cleanup services leave the area free of graphite and as clean as it was before the dusting took place.


To avoid the stress of trying to handle the cleanup efforts on your own, you can rely on our team to thoroughly remove all fingerprint dust. With our proven tools and techniques we will have your home or business back to normal in no time at all.


For your immediate cleanup needs, we are available 24 hours a day. Give our trusted Rhode Island  team a call to learn more about our fingerprint cleanup services. 1-888-577-7206.





The Steri-Clean Rhode Island franchise represents the nation’s leading remediation services for Biohazard Clean Up, Infectious Diseases, and Decontamination.

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