House Cleaning Tips to Help Keep the Covid 19 Virus Out of Your Home
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House Cleaning Tips to Help Keep the Covid 19 Virus Out of Your Home


Cleaning tips to keep you safe.


Typical household tasks have become a source of uncertainty and anxiety during the Covid 19 outbreak. Homeowners and renters want to make sure that they are keeping themselves and their families safe and healthy.

There is plenty of misleading information out there about the Covid 19 virus and it is no wonder many people have been left confused. While scientists and healthcare professionals continue to study the virus, we do know that it can be spread through direct contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person.

While there is some debate over how long the virus can survive on surfaces, we know surfaces can be a point of transmission. If an infected person coughs, sneezes, or even just touches a surface, they can end up spreading the virus to others if they also make contact with that surface. For this reason, maintaining a thorough and regular cleaning routine can help make sure that our homes remain safe havens during a time of so much uncertainty.

To help you understand how you can make sure your home is safe, we have compiled some useful Covid 19 related cleaning tips.

Basic Cleaning and Disinfecting Tips

Regular cleaning can play a vital role in limiting the transmission of Covid 19 in your home.

Reduce Clutter: Reducing clutter and temporarily removing items that are difficult to properly clean can make it easier to keep up with a regular cleaning schedule. As you might suspect, the fewer items and surfaces that could potentially become a contaminated surface, the easier it will be to deep clean and disinfect the house if need be. You will also be much more motivated to keep up with a daily cleaning and disinfecting routine if your rooms are fairly empty.

Give Special Attention to Frequently Touched Items and Surfaces: At a minimum, you should aim to clean frequently touched surfaces twice a day. Any doorknob, light switches, television remotes, mobile phones, keyboards, bathroom surfaces, toilets, and kitchen appliances all need much more attention than other items found in a typical home

Of course, cleaning frequency should be increased if there are numerous people living in the home. If you live on your own, you can usually get away with a daily cleaning schedule. If it is a family home, cleaning throughout the day can help keep the home safe.

Clean Before Disinfecting: Some people believe that a commercial disinfectant will kill the virus upon contact, which leads them to ignore the importance of cleaning. While disinfectants are an important tool in the fight against Covid 19, it is still important to clean surfaces and objects before they are disinfected.

Cleaning surfaces before disinfecting them ensures that you have first removed any organic matter and dirt that could reduce the ability of a disinfecting chemical to kill the virus and other germs. Disinfecting an unclean surface is much less effective than disinfecting a clean one.

Use Appropriate Cleaning Products: The initial cleaning phase can be completed using a basic soap or detergent that has been combined with water. This will remove dirt and grime from the surface before it is disinfected.

There are a variety of commercial disinfecting products available for you to choose. It is important that any alcohol-based disinfectant you use contains at least 70% alcohol. You can also choose a bleach product, but you should aim for a cleaning product that has a bleach concentration of at least 1000 parts per million.

Choosing a disinfectant that does not have the strength to kill the Covid 19 virus will only give you a false sense of security. Naturally, you want to make sure your efforts are eliminating any contamination before it has the opportunity to spread.

Cleaning Clothing

Launder Clothing Regularly: While we do not know for certain how long Covid 19 can survive on fabric, it is still a good idea to wash clothing after it has been worn in public. Washing your clothing using a standard laundry detergent and warm water is believed to be effective.

Do Not Shake Clothing: When you shake clothing, you risk dispersing the virus through the air. When you enter your home, you should avoid the temptation to shake out any dusty or wet clothing. Avoid shaking wet raincoats and umbrellas inside your home.

Remove Shoes Upon Entering Your Home: Given that the virus can survive on the ground, it is a good idea not to wear any footwear you wore outside within your home. Simply remove your shoes when you enter your home and you will not risk tracking the virus into your home in that way.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Use Disposable or Washable Gloves During Cleaning: You should always wear clean gloves when you are cleaning and disinfecting your home. It is preferable that the gloves you wear are disposable, or at least washed between uses.

Even when you wear gloves, it is still important to thoroughly wash your hands after you have cleaned your home.

Take Precautions Outside of the Home: Your home’s best defense against the Covid 19 virus is for you and your family to avoid bringing it home in the first place. You should always wash your hands frequently when you are out and avoid touching surfaces wherever possible.

Wear a protective facemask whenever you can. Follow government regulations at all times and reduce your potential for exposure to the virus.

Washing Your Hands

Wash Your Hands at Home: Make sure you are washing your hands before and after any food prep, before you eat, after using the bathroom, and after touching any items that were brought in from outside of the home.

Anyone That Leaves the Home Should Wash Their Hands Immediately Upon Entering: This is one of the most important tips you can use to keep your home free from Covid 19. Whenever someone enters your home, you should insist they wash their hands immediately.

Food Hygiene

Wash Exposed Food: Wash unpackaged food items, such as fresh produce, when it is brought home. You can prevent contamination by washing food items and disposing of unnecessary packaging. A light soap and warm water are usually enough and will not damage the food.

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