Have you ever sat in a classroom and been taught “how to” use a certain software program or how to work a machine or work a problem or whatever the case may be? Well, I have. I remember several years ago attending a class on using a particular software. Of course we all had computers in the classroom, and I took notes after notes, while noticing everyone else seemed to be doing the same. As the instructor continued and time moved on, my head seemed to be spinning and the instructions got a little more complicated, or was it my focus? I thought wow; everyone seems to understand this class but me. I thought the instructor was moving a little too fast, but I realized much information had to be instilled in our minds to fully understand the software.

After class everyone was talking, and I realized we all had the same problem, not really thoroughly understanding everything that was communicated about the software. As I went to my desk, with notes in hand, I decided I was going to learn through experience with some help from my scribbles. Anytime I had a free moment, I went into the program and worked with it, day after day, week after week. And it worked. I learned more from first-hand experience than from the classroom. Many of us are visual learners and while studying helps, nothing in my opinion works as well as hands on experience.

I have been writing for Crisis Cleaning’s blog, after reading their information and becoming better informed. However, I recently had the opportunity to go with a certified inspector to a home for a meth test inspection. What an experience. No one was permitted to live in the house until resolution of any possible meth contamination. After meeting the owner of the house and briefly discussing the current situation, we proceeded with the testing. With supervision, I even participated in the testing process, but before we could begin, we placed disposable covers on our shoes. I noticed the house was very warm and contained what my nose sensed as an unpleasant odor. We tested all rooms and areas in the three-level house (main level, upstairs, and basement). It was difficult to reach the ceiling in some of the rooms on the first floor, as they appeared to be ten feet tall. While testing in the basement, my nose felt some kind of sensation and wanted to keep running. I don’t know if it was the heat or something else.

With this visual lesson, I now realize how much work and care it takes to do a good, professional job. Every room was tested carefully and thoroughly. And I can tell you first hand, it’s not an easy job. I saw how much work was put into every step. Crisis Cleaning is a professional company that focuses on meth decontamination, mold, asbestos, death/crime scene cleanup, and lead remediation. If you have concerns in any of these areas, give Crisis Cleaning a call toll free at (877) 260-4828. They are certified, insured and licensed and will make sure the job is done right.

By Joan Mason