How to Disinfect Everything: Coronavirus Home Cleaning Tips

Coronavirus cases are on the rise, and, combined with the winter flu season, it’s crucial that you keep your home clean to stop the spread of the virus. 

We’ve all heard that washing your hands often and adequately can prevent coronavirus from spreading. But what if, after you’ve washed your hands, you touch a cupboard handle in your kitchen that’s already infected? Scientists have found that the virus can live on different surfaces for up to a few days. Here are some coronavirus home cleaning tips that help you disinfect everything. 

Preparing food:

  • Remove all packaging before touching the food. Coronavirus can live on plastic for up to 72 hours, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Try to get rid of all packaging without touching the food, then wash your hands before doing anything else.
  • Keep perishable items refrigerated or frozen where possible. Storing them this way will help kill any coronavirus contamination because the virus can’t survive in low temperatures.
  • Wash your hands throughout food preparation and make sure that you clean the kitchen cabinets regularly. With the current pandemic, it’s not just enough to wash your hands before cooking. If you stop to do something else, like open the door or see your kids, make sure you wash your hands before touching food again. Otherwise, you might transfer the virus onto your family’s meal.

Laundry:

  • Wash your clothes, towels, and bedsheets regularly (at least once per week) on the highest setting you can use without ruining the clothes. According to the World Health Organisation, coronavirus finds it challenging to survive in temperatures higher than 56 degrees celsius. Washing your clothes at a higher temperature will help kill the virus. 
  • Try to keep dirty laundry isolated and wash your hands immediately after touching it. It’s not clear how long coronavirus can survive on different types of fabric, so avoid handling it to be safe.
  • Wash or disinfect your laundry basket each time you empty it. If the clothes inside were infected with coronavirus, likely, the inside of your laundry hamper is too. By disinfecting it after each use, you stop coronavirus from spreading to any clothes you add to the basket. 

High-touch surfaces:

  • High-touch surfaces are the parts of your house that you and your family have the most physical contact with. These include door and drawer handles, taps, toilets, cupboard doors, and light switches. You can keep track of all this online if you make use of the Construction Management to make sure everything goes as planned.
  • Clean these regularly with disinfectant, cleaning experts advise. Wear disposable gloves while cleaning, and make sure you wash your hands before touching these items. This will prevent coronavirus from spreading throughout your home.
  • Other items you probably touch frequently are mobile phones, tablets, and computer keyboards. Most people forget to clean these at all, even though experts recommend that you wash them every three to six months. During the pandemic, you should try and clean these items once per week. Apart from keeping them clean, ensure that the system is also free of malware by using an Intrusion Detection System that protects your data. 

How to disinfect:

  • Use a disinfectant with a high alcohol content to remove coronavirus, as well as common bacteria. Most disinfectant products need to be left on a surface to kill all the germs. Spray, then wait 30 seconds before wiping the product off to allow it to work its magic.
  • Make sure you read the instructions on the bottle before using your disinfectant. Otherwise, you might damage wooden surfaces or sensitive items, like tablets and mobile phones.
  • During the pandemic, you should disinfect surfaces more regularly than usual. Try to wipe down your unassembled kitchen cabinets or your kitchen surfaces after every meal, high-touch surfaces every day, and the rest of your house at least once a week, to minimize the chance of infection.

Professional cleaning services:

  • There are a number of professional cleaning solutions. They use state-of-the-art cleaning methods that are guaranteed to combat coronavirus in your home or workplace.
  • They provide regular quality controls during the cleaning process and flexibility to adapt to your time schedule or last-minute deadlines. All of their services are carried out by highly trained professionals, significantly reducing coronavirus infection probability. 

Final word

With the current pandemic situation, it’s crucial to keep yourself safe from coronavirus. Follow these tips to significantly reduce your chances of coming into contact with the virus and infecting your home. 

About RJ Frometa

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