Now, more than ever, cleaning and disinfecting your home has become a #1 priority– along with following CDC guidelines for social distancing and hand washing. Whether you are sanitizing your home to avoid the spread of germs to your family or cleaning up after someone in your home who has tested positive for COVID-19, these tips are just the thing for keeping you and your family safe & healthy– in addition to your new routine of social distancing.
Wipe Down High Touch Point Areas
Whether someone in your immediate family has the coronavirus, wiping down high touch point areas including: tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remove controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets and sinks is crucial in fighting illness. When it comes to cleaning the bedroom & bathroom of an ill person, consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with an ill person.
Products to Clean With
Be sure to wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and immediately wash hands after gloves are removed. If surfaces are visibly dirty, clean them using a detergent or soap solution prior to sanitizing. The EPA has approved a number of products for use against COVID-19. In addition, Chem-Dry of Wake County offers a sanitizing service where we sanitize both high and low touch point surfaces.
If you’re looking for a DIY option, you can always create your own bleach solution. The CDC says mixing 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. This solution does wonders on hard surfaces. The hard part is sanitizing carpet and soft upholstered surfaces. While a vacuum cleaner is effective at removing dust and loose crumbs that accumulate on the carpet, it does not sanitize it. This means that while your carpet is free from loose debris, it’s not free of germs and bacteria.
You can sanitize your carpet and upholstery by lightly spraying with vinegar from a spray bottle and being careful not to over-saturate it. Let it air dry and it will naturally disinfect the area. If you’re looking for a more professional sanitizer that will leave your home feeling cleaner and smelling better– Chem-Dry of Wake County’s sanitizer service is just the thing. We use a combination of misting, wiping and spraying our hospital-grade sanitizer based on what works best for each surface.