Home Sanitizing Atlanta
STATES, COUNTIES, AND local governments are gradually loosening Covid-19 restrictions across the US, despite the fact that cases are beginning to rise again and the nationwide infection rate has surpassed 2 million individuals. Regardless of how much you plan to take advantage of opening shops, bars, restaurants, and parks, you should continue social distancing, using a mask when near others outside your home, and maintaining the same cleaning habits. The SARS-CoV-2 virus–the coronavirus that causes the disease Covid-19–isn’t going away anytime soon, and you need to keep up your defenses against it, no matter how much warm weather and semi-bustling streets may lull you into feeling like life is, in some places, returning to normal.
That’s why, it is productive to read more on the Coronavirus Gear and Supplies Guide and start filling your pantry with canned goods and essentials, but cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances you or a loved one will contract Covid-19 and lower the chances you might spread it to someone else. Keeping your home (and self) sanitized helps everyone. Keep in mind the Centers for Disease Control recommends we all take steps to clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces in our homes. Below, you will get into the weeds of how long the virus might last on surfaces, which disinfectants may kill it, and the steps you should take to keep clean. Stay Safe and secure with these tips!
FIRST, TO KEEP YOURSELF HEALTHY AND FREE FROM VIRUS AND GERMS…
Wash Your Hands Properly
You’ve heard it a million times by now, and you’ll hear it a million more, but the best way to lower your risk of contracting Covid-19 (or pass it on to someone else) is to wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, touch your face, use the restroom, or are about to leave one place for another. You should wash your hands when you leave and return from the grocery store, for instance. If you can find any, hand sanitizer is a fast cleaning method that works wonders. Hand sanitizer is no substitute for washing your hands with soap and water, though.
But, it can help you quickly free yourself from any harmful virus and bacteria if washing with soap and water is currently not accessible. It’s a fact that using soap and water can also be a little easier on your hands. It won’t necessarily kill all pathogens, but if you wash your hands properly, it’ll wash them away. The World Health Organization has detailed instructions (which we’ve all seen in meme form) on how to properly perform the 20-second hand wash. When all this is over, you want your hand to stay fresh and hydrated the best way possible. Hence, also important to liberally moisturize your hands. Dry, cracked skin is at greater risk for all kinds of infections, so after you wash, apply a little moisturizer.
It’s nice! Most moisturizing lotions have similar ingredients, starting with water and glycerin, so the brand doesn’t really matter.
Stay Home to Stay Away from having to sanitize your home frequently
Even if you’re not sick, just stay home if you can. Being in large crowds or going out to restaurants poses unnecessary risks not just to yourself but to the people around you and your family back at home. The more you’re in public, the more chances the novel corona virus has to hitch a ride on your hands, clothes, or person and ultimately – back to your home. Here are some quick points to consider:
- Stay at home except for essential trips to get groceries, etc.
- Wear a cloth face mask in public. (Here’s how to make a mask and the rules surrounding them.)
- Stay at least 6 feet away from other people in public.
- Again, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer if you’re unable to wash).
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Avoid touching your face.
Shield Yourself and Help the vulnerable by wearing a cloth face mask
The CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face mask in public. We have detailed instructions, and do’s and don’ts, on masks in our How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask guide if you’re unable to find one to buy. Masks are an added precaution on top of staying home, washing your hands, social distancing, and the other guidelines that you should be following.
A cloth mask is unlikely to prevent you from getting Covid-19, but it may help protect others if you happen to have the disease. Some people who have the disease show mild symptoms, or none at all—particularly, those who are young–so you or they may have it and not know. As far as we’re aware, the novel coronavirus is transmitted through person-to-person contact or respiratory droplets.
Just talking to someone can send droplets their way. Also, do not put a mask on kids under 2 years old, but do help them social distance from others, and wash their hands. New evidence suggests kids are especially vulnerable to another condition caused by exposure to the coronavirus. Medical professionals have termed this condition Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
NOW, TO KEEP YOUR HOME VIRUS-FREE
Clean and Disinfect
The first thing you’ll want to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things. The CDC recommends we all do a bit of both, even if nobody in your home is sick.
- Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface.
- Disinfecting is about killing pathogens.
- Do both daily if anything or anyone has entered or exited your home.
Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the CDC recommends we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way, either a person leaving and returning or goods coming in.
Clean and Sanitize High-Touch Surfaces
Researchers have found that the novel corona virus is capable of living on surfaces such as cardboard for 24 hours, but up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel. So cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces is a step we should all take, even if we aren’t leaving the house. Anytime items or people come in and out of your home, there is some possibility of exposure. High-touch places or places where people get in contact with most daily:
- Table surfaces
- Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
- Kitchen counters
- Bathroom counters
- Faucets and faucet knobs
- Toilets (seat and handle)
- Light switches
- TV remote controls
- Game controllers
First learn how to clean, then disinfect your home properly
- First, clean the surfaces, removing any contaminants, dust, or debris. You can do this by wiping them with soapy water (or a cleaning spray) and a hand towel.
- Then apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray.
That’s it. Just adding these to your daily routine can help lower the risk of infection for you and anyone else in your household. If you aren’t able to obtain disinfectants at this time, just do a thorough job with the soap or cleaning agents you do have. The EPA has a full list of disinfectants that will kill the novel coronavirus, but here are a few essentials to keep an eye out for. You can find most of these disinfectants online at Amazon or Walmart if your local grocery store is out of stock.
Most disinfectants should have a label that lists the viruses they’re effective against, and that’s what you’ll want to look out for more than any particular active ingredient. The EPA has a full list of disinfectants that will kill the novel coronavirus, but here are a few essentials to keep an eye out for. You can find most of these disinfectants online at Amazon or Walmart if your local grocery store is out of stock. Most disinfectants should have a label that lists the viruses they’re effective against, and that’s what you’ll want to look out for more than any particular active ingredient. Proven safe and effective disinfectants:
- Disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, or store brand will do)
- Disinfectant spray (Purell, Clorox, Lysol, all make sprays that will work)
- Isopropyl alcohol (also here)
- Hydrogen peroxide
HOW ABOUT CLOTHES AND GARMENTS?
Regular Home Washing Works
Just washing your clothing with regular laundry soap and drying it at a slightly higher temperature than you might have otherwise is all you have to do to disinfect your clothes. Be sure to disinfect surfaces the dirty laundry comes in contact with, including the hamper and your hands—especially if you have a sick person in the house. Clean and disinfect the hamper like you would any other surface, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling dirty laundry from someone who is ill. The CDC recommends using a liner in your hamper. Don’t forget to clean your coat and backpack. Wiping the inside off with a disinfectant wipe should do the trick unless your jacket is machine washable.
HOW ABOUT FOODS AND SNACKS?
No, not without reason
According to the FDA, there is no evidence to suggest that food or food packaging can transmit the novel coronavirus, so there is currently no need to disinfect food or food packaging any more than you usually would. Just observe standard food safety and wash your hands afterward. If you want to have the same healthy and smart way to thoroughly clean your home, check out our atlanta cleaning services. Contact us today to get your free quote!