Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic seems to be a part of our daily lives for a while. Since the beginning of the pandemic, “wash your hands” has become a global motto, but is it enough to protect yourself and your beloved ones? We will give you handy tips for cleaning and disinfecting your home during coronavirus. Households with sick people need to be extra cautious to prevent infection.
The primary source of virus transmission is respiratory droplets; however, evidence shows that the virus can live from several hours to several days, depending on the surface. Thus, the risk of being infected from contaminated surfaces cannot be ignored. It is also unknown how long indoor air stays contaminated if there is a person with COVID-19.
Cleaning and disinfecting your home during coronavirus becomes crucial as we spend almost all the time at home. But what is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?
Cleaning – is the process of removal of dirt, impurities and germs from the surfaces.
Disinfecting – involves the application of chemicals to kill the bacteria and viruses on the surfaces. We suggest using only EPA approved chemicals for disinfection purposes.
Focus primarily on high-touched surfaces. These include:
- Light switches
If there is a person with COVID-19 or you suspect a person to have it, try to self-isolate that person in a separate room. Clean that area as needed to avoid unnecessary contact.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
According to the CDC, you must follow the following rules while cleaning and disinfecting your home during coronavirus:
- Wear disposable gloves at all times when you clean or disinfect
- First, wash the high-touched surfaces with soap and water frequently. If a surface is dirty first, clean it with soap and water. Then, use chemicals to disinfect.
- Use EPA approved disinfectants to avoid chemical poisoning.
- Make sure you have proper ventilation and sufficient fresh air when you disinfect your home.
- Many of disinfection products require to keep the surface wet for some time to get better results. Follow the labels.
- Be careful while using bleach solutions; dissolve them with a sufficient amount of water, ventilate the space and keep the bleach water mix on the surfaces at least for 1 minute. Follow the rules of diluted bleach preparation on Canada.ca.
- Alcohol solutions with 70% or more alcohol in it are also effective against viruses.
- Consider using wipable covers for phones and other electronics. Then you can disinfect them quickly.
- Laundry: always use the warmest appropriate setting to wash the clothes. If possible, do not shake the dirty clothes. Always wash your hands after washing.
Carpets, rugs and other soft surfaces
- First, clean the surfaces using soap and water. If possible, launder rugs and small carpets. Try to use the highest applicable water temperature while laundering.
- If laundering is not an option, try to disinfect using the disinfectants for soft surfaces. Use the chemicals approved by EPA to be effective against COVID-19.
If you have a sick person at home
Cleaning and disinfecting your home during coronavirus also requires to include specific rules when it comes to the interaction with an infected person. In some cases, you will not have positive test results, but according to Public Health Ontario, if somebody has symptoms, self-isolation is required. Tips for other households:
- If you share a bathroom, always disinfect after the ill person used it.
- Keep physical interaction at the minimum; use gloves while serving the ill person.
- Wash your hands after serving, cleaning or any other interaction with a sick person or its belongings.
Being alert and cleaning and disinfecting your home during coronavirus can be stressful and confusing. Try to follow easy steps described to the maximum level possible and keep yourself positive.
As we spend most of the time indoors, we also recommend reading our blog post about maintaining indoor air quality and preventing pollution.