Learn how to properly clean and disinfect your home against COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria!
With the current outbreak of COVID-19, frequently cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting your home is essential for keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy!
While person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 poses a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least once a day, even if you’re not leaving the house. That’s because anytime items or people come in and out of your home, there’s some possibility of exposure.
A recent study found that the novel coronavirus can remain in the air for up to three hours and live on surfaces such as cardboard for up to 24 hours, and plastic and stainless steel for up to three days.
Here are a few ways to make sure you are properly cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting your home and keeping your household as germ-free as possible.
The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting
It’s important to note that cleaning a surface – simply removing dirt and particles – is not the same thing as sanitising and disinfecting it to kill viruses and bacteria.
There are many products you can use to clean hard surfaces, like soapy water and vinegar. And while cleaning high-traffic surfaces to remove contaminants, dust and debris is a necessary step of cleaning your home, you still need to disinfect those surfaces from the novel coronavirus.
Which Cleaning Products Kill COVID-19?
Not all cleaning products are effective on all types of germs, so you should know exactly which products kill COVID-19.
There are many products that claim to kill the novel coronavirus. But few that are lab tested and proven! So it’s imperative you do proper research on the products you want to use!
Enviromed is an eco-friendly, plant-based and alcohol-free 3-in-1 hand sanitiser, disinfectant and steriliser. Tested and proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses! Being non-toxic and long-lasting Enviromed is completely safe for use on the hands and on surfaces in your home!
In addition, Enviromed is completely safe for kids, pets, the elderly and anyone with skin conditions and sensitivity. Enviromed also does not carry the risk and side effects of and problem associated and being caused by alcohol-based sanitisers.
And while using effective virus-killing products is key, it’s also important to follow the proper techniques to thoroughly disinfect surfaces. The EPA advises letting the product sit and remain wet on surfaces or objects for 10 minutes, and that will kill 99.9% of germs.
If you don’t have any disinfecting products on hand and are able to order directly from us online, as we deliver nationwide! If you choose to use an alcohol-based product, be sure to wear gloves, open your windows and be careful since these products are known to damage or discolour sensitive surfaces!
Disinfecting Against COVID-19
You don’t need to clean your house from top to bottom each day, but you should focus on disinfecting the areas that are hot spots for germs. These are the most important items to disinfect every day:
- Cupboard and drawer knobs/pulls
- Kitchen and bathroom counters
- Toilets, especially the seat and handle
- Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave handles
- Remote controls and game controllers
- Cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices
- Computer keyboards and mice
- Door knobs/handles
- Table surfaces
- Staircase railings
- Light switches/switch plates
If you’re using an alcohol-based product, wear disposable gloves and discard them after disinfecting. If you have reusable gloves, be sure to disinfect them after you’re done. And always remember to wash your hands before and after you clean and disinfect your home.
How to Clean and Disinfect If You Have a Sick Person In Your Home
If you have a sick person in your home, the CDC recommends taking extra precautions to clean and disinfect your household areas.
The person who is sick should stay separated from other people in the home and use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible. You should only clean and disinfect the area around the person who is sick when needed, such as when the area is soiled. This will help limit your contact with the person who is sick.
If possible, you can provide cleaning supplies to the person who is sick so they can clean their own space if they’re able. If you are sharing a bathroom with a sick person, they should clean and disinfect the space after each use. If this is not possible, you should wait as long as possible before cleaning and disinfecting.
Keep Washing Your Hands
It’s been repeated countless times, but that’s because it’s true: no matter what you do, the best way to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19 or passing it to someone else is to wash your hands and regular sanitising.
If you still have any questions regarding the proper cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting of your home from COVID-19. We invite you to contact us today to learn how our applications can revolutionise your sanitiser needs today!
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