With every new day, cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to surge. Schools have closed, businesses are operating remotely, and either full or partial lockdowns have been imposed in several parts of the world. These are sensible measures to prevent further spread of the virus.
But what if you or another member of your family have become infected with this notorious disease and are self-quarantining. You need to devise an effective cleaning plan that and regularly clean and disinfect the surfaces in your home where the virus can live on.
It is important to understand that “cleaning” can only remove dirt, germs and microbes cannot kill them. It can be done with disinfecting cleaning.
The following tips will help you create a healthy home that will ensure your safety and a quicker recovery of those forced into quarantine.
- Clean and Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces
Make sure to regularly clean and disinfect items and household areas you come into contact with every day. Cell phone is an example of such items.
It is recommended to clean your phone regularly using wipes; however, if they are not available, using lint-fee cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol and water can also disinfect the device.
Some common household areas that need to be cleaned regularly include doorknobs, counter tops, hard-backed chairs, remote controls and handles on toilets. Use a disinfectant or disinfectant wipes to sanitize and disinfect them.
- Wear Disposable Gloves
Use of disposable gloves when cleaning or disinfecting a surface can significantly minimize the risk of virus.
Make sure to dispose of the gloves after each cleaning. Additionally, wash your hands thoroughly every time after removing the gloves.
- Use Soap or Detergent before Disinfecting
Cleaning dirty surfaces with a soap or detergent before disinfecting can enhance the impact of disinfection. Use diluted a household bleach solution that contains 70% alcohol for the optimal outcome.
- Clean Carpets and Rugs
Clean your carpets and rugs using the EPA-registered household products and wash these items whenever necessary.
Besides following the above tips, wash your hands often with water and soap for 20 seconds.
to remain as virus-free as possible.