The COVID-19 pandemic has made keeping your home thoroughly clean and frequently disinfected more important than ever before. Knowing how to do this is the key to your family’s safety. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the novel coronavirus spreads much more easily from person-to-person, it still recommends that you clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often at least once a day. An infected person can leave respiratory droplets on these surfaces. Should you touch them, you may pick up the virus with your hands and become infected if you touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Here are some steps for cleaning different types of surfaces in your home to protect you and your family members from the novel coronavirus.
Cleaning vs. Disinfecting
There is a big difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes dirt and grime, which may remove some micro-organisms, but not kill them. Disinfecting kills viruses, bacteria and fungi. You should disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least once per day in every room in your house. These are the types of high-touch surfaces should undergo a daily disinfection.
- Countertops in the kitchen and bathroom
- Toilet seats and handles
- Door knobs
- Drawer pulls
- Smartphones, remotes, and computer keyboards
- Light switches
- Handles on your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer
To properly disinfect these types of high-touch surfaces, make sure that you use a disinfectant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s N list for COVID-19. You can also use an alcohol solution with an alcohol concentration of 70% or use diluted household bleach. You should use latex gloves while you disinfect the surfaces and throw them away after you’re done. Leave the surfaces that you treat wet with the disinfectant until they dry to allow them to properly work.
If one of the surfaces that you need to disinfect is dirty, you need to clean it before disinfecting. Use a soap and water solution to clean the surface and allow it to dry. Then, disinfect the surface with the proper disinfecting agent.
Cleaning Soft Surfaces
Keeping the soft surfaces in your home clean can help to reduce the risk of getting sick. Launder dirty clothing, drapes, and throw rugs, if possible. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions and use the hottest setting that is recommended. Make sure to completely dry these items in your dryer. To clean carpets, use a carpet cleaner with a rug detergent. Make sure to thoroughly vacuum before you clean the carpets. To clean upholstery, vacuum away any debris with your upholstery attachment. You can use an upholstery cleaner or spray your couches with disinfectant spray. Test them first to ensure the spray doesn’t discolor them.
For linens and towels, launder them in your washing machine according to the manufacturers’ recommendations. Use the hottest temperature that you can and dry them completely before putting them away. Avoid shaking out dirty clothing, because doing so could dislodge any viral particles that might be on them. Wear gloves when you place dirty laundry in your washing machine, and dispose of them after you are finished.
You should take care when you disinfect your electronics to avoid damaging them. Read the manufacturers’ instructions. If you can’t find instructions, it is usually fine to clean them with alcohol-based sprays or wipes with a concentration of 70% alcohol or higher. Placing wipeable covers on remotes and smartphones is also a good idea.
HVAC and Filtration Systems
Since the novel coronavirus can spread through the air, your filtration and HVAC systems should not be overlooked. Check your filters and consider upgrading them to the highest level of filtration recommended by the manufacturer. Your HVAC system will only filter the air when its fan is running, so consider running it all of the time or for longer periods. You might also want to use an air purifier to help to filter out even more particles.
Get Professional Help for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting your home is a good way to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Helping Hands Cleaning Services can help you to ensure that your entire Elmhurst, Illinois home is properly cleaned and disinfected. We are experts in cleaning and disinfecting homes for people who may have had a COVID-19 infection so as to prevent its spread. Contact us today at 630.530.1324 to schedule an expert cleaning and disinfection service.