The COVID pandemic has put many homeowners on high alert when it comes to germs and virus decontamination. It’s no surprise, either! Over 28.9 million Americans have contracted the virus so far and the numbers keep on rising.
To slow down the rate of infection and keep our loved ones safe, it’s imperative that we adopt effective household cleaning practices. Yet combatting COVID isn’t the only reason to disinfect your property on a regular basis…
Our homes have been and always will be hotbeds of germs and bacteria. Fail to decontaminate them properly and (among other things) you can end up with E. coli in your kitchen sink, salmonella on your surfaces, and staph on your computer keyboard! Are you looking for expert cleaning advice on how to avoid that kind of fate?
Well, you’re in the right place. Today we’re going through a complete guide to decontaminating your home. Check it out!
The first thing to realize is that cleaning something isn’t the same as disinfecting it. Trust us, a surface can look sparkling clean to the naked eye but harbor all sorts of nasties! That’s why wiping away the signs of dirt and germs (AKA cleaning) never quite cuts the mustard.
Only by disinfecting those surfaces with a viable disinfectant can you eradicate contaminants from your property. This vital step kills any bacteria and viruses that you’ve accrued and prevents them from causing trouble as a result. Oh, and decontamination is the complete process of cleaning those dirty surfaces and disinfecting them afterward!
The Best Products for the Job
Not all cleaning products are made equal! You’re looking for solutions that:
- Disinfect surfaces as opposed to just cleaning them,
- Are known (and EPA-approved) to combat the contaminants in question, and
- Aren’t full of harsh, toxic chemicals that’ll damage your surfaces and the environment.
Don’t discount eco-friendly disinfectants off the bat either. Many people have the mistaken impression that they’re not cut out for the task, but that’s not always the case. As long as the label has the EPA seal of approval, then it’ll do the job.
Alas, you will need to set that home-made baking soda and vinegar mix aside though! This classic cleaning solution has been used forever and a day, but it isn’t backed by the EPA as a viable disinfectant.
How to Decontaminate Your Home
The basic process of decontaminating your home or business is nice and straight-forward. You start by cleaning your surfaces with some hot, soapy water. Then, when that’s done, you apply your EPA-approved disinfectant and wipe them down again!
One thing to note (and that most people don’t realize), however, is that many disinfectants don’t work right away. Having applied the disinfectant in question to the surface, it may take around 10 to 15 minutes before any bacteria and viruses on it have been eradicated. Only after that time-frame should you go ahead and wipe them down with a cloth.
Try to wear reusable gloves while you work and disinfect them after each use too. And wash your hands thoroughly as well! Spend at least 20 seconds scrubbing your hands, wrists, fingers, and beneath your fingernails with hot water and soap.
Recognizing Danger Zones
Some parts of your home are more susceptible to collecting contaminants than others. Known as ‘high touch’ areas, they’re places that people come into regular contact with throughout the day. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Door knobs,
- Mobile phones,
- Computers and keyboards,
- Toilet seats and handles,
- Banisters, and
- Light switches.
The list goes on! Make a mental note of anywhere in your house that people touch a lot- especially after coming in from the outdoors. Devote the majority of your decontaminating endeavors to these crucial cleaning checklist areas for the best shot at preventing the spread of infection.
What to Do When Someone’s Sick
Things get even more complicated when someone in your house is sick (be it with COVID-19 or something else)! The threat of contamination is much higher, which means you have to be more cautious and proactive with your decontamination efforts than before. Here’s how we suggest you approach the situation:
Where possible, provide the sick person with a) their own space in the house and b) their own cleaning supplies. Why?
Because taking this tack makes it far easier to prevent the spread of infection. You’ll be in less contact throughout the day and they’ll be able to disinfect their living space without your input. If, for whatever reason, you do have to help them clean, then be sure to keep your distance, wear appropriate PPE, and avoid touching your face.
The Benefits of Hiring the Pros
Ultimately, the most effective way to keep contaminants out of your home is to hire professional home cleaning services. Experts in the field, companies like ours have all the skills, experience, and equipment to perform this vital role! Give us a call and you can sit back and relax while we handle the dirty work.
Of course, it also means you wouldn’t have to worry about purchasing the correct cleaning products or making consequential mistakes along the way. Our state of the art elektrostatic EPA and CDC-approved gear (not to mention our rapid response team) will kill 99.9% of any living contaminants in your property- including COVID. All told, our pro cleaners will provide you with invaluable peace of mind and help you and your family feel safer in your home.
Remember This Guide to Home Decontamination
Thanks to COVID-19, keeping our homes clean and contaminant-free is at the top of everyone’s agenda right now. The tricky part’s knowing exactly how to do it! With different ideas floating around online, it’s hard to know who to listen to.
We hope the information in this post has shed some light on effective decontamination endeavors though. Keep these insights in mind and you should be one step closer to a happy, healthy, virus-free household.
Would you like some professional help to keep your home free from bacteria and viruses? Contact us today to find out how we can be of service.