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Recent research found that coronavirus can remain on top of surfaces for 24 hours, and while in the air, the virus survives for up to three hours. Using chemicals to kill pathogens such as COVID-19 is more effective than cleaning with soap, which removes dirt and kills some germs but is not as disinfecting. Below are a few ways to disinfect your home and keep it germ and virus-free.

Difference Between Disinfecting and Cleaning

Cleaning using soap or vinegar only removes the visible dirt but does not necessarily kill bacteria and viruses. You will need to disinfect the high-touch surfaces such as refrigerator handles, countertops and doorknobs using chemicals.

What Cleaning Products Kill COVID-19?

When it comes to killing germs effectively, not all products will kill every type of germ. Have a look at the whole list of disinfectants approved by EPA. You might already have some in your home such as:

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Disinfecting wipes such as Lysol and Clorox
  • Disinfectant sprays, which include Clorox, Purell and Lysol
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Using Cleaning Products at Home

When using the right disinfecting products, it is important to follow the proper guidelines to kill germs effectively. According to the EPA, let the disinfecting products remain wet on the surface or the item for 10 minutes. Also, keep in mind that disinfecting chemicals are harmful, and you should not eat, breathe or inject them into your body nor bathe your pets with them.

In case you do not have disinfecting products at hand or are unable to find any around your home, the CDC offers a guide on how to prepare homemade spray bleach. For such sprays, you will need to protect yourself by using gloves and opening windows. Keep in mind that bleach can discolor and damage sensitive surfaces.

As a safe measure, seek cleaning and disinfecting services from professionals. Homemade bleach is hazardous and may cause serious harm, so avoid mixing chemicals on your own that would not perform as intended or cause other body injuries.

Disinfecting Against Novel Coronavirus

Disinfecting against COVID-19 does not necessarily mean that you clean your house from top to bottom every day. Focus on the areas that are more likely to have germs and are frequently touched. Such surfaces and items include:

  • Door handles and knobs and drawer and cupboard knobs
  • Light switch plates
  • Mobile devices such as cellphones as well as remote controls, gaming controls and computer keyboards and mice
  • Oven, dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator handles
  • Toilets seats and handles
  • Bathroom and kitchen and counters and faucets

When disinfecting, it is advisable to use disposable gloves, but if you have reusable ones, ensure that you disinfect them after use. Also, wash your hands before and after disinfecting. When cleaning electronic gadgets such as keyboards, tablets and smartphones, consider placing wipeable covers on them.

How to Disinfect When Someone in Your Home Is Sick

Take extra precautions when disinfecting your home in case there is a sick person. An ill family member should stay in a separate room and use a different bathroom away from other people in the house. For safety, wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting.

If possible, supply cleaning materials to the sick person. Also, if you are sharing a bathroom with a sick person, ensure that they clean and disinfect after every use. Such precautions will help you limit contact with germs.

To maintain safety and health for yourself and your family against bacteria and viruses, consult ServiceMaster 24 Hour for cleaning and disinfecting services. We will not only disinfect your home but also provide safety and healthy protocols in line with the CDC recommendations. Also, remember to keep washing your hands regularly.

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