As stated directly by the CDC when it comes to routine cleaning and disinfection of households, we’d like to address the hot-topic of keeping safe during the outbreak of COVID-19.
Community members can practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces like: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following use by labeled instructions. The labels are important because they contain instructions for safe and effective cleaning using the product. It also includes precautions to take when applying the product, like wearing gloves and making sure to have good ventilation during product use.
The best offense and defense against this outbreak is having a good understanding of what you’re up against. Household members should educate themselves about COVID-19 symptoms and preventing the spread in their homes. If someone has the virus, consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person. The ill person should focus on staying in a specific room and away from others in the home. Anyone giving care can provide personal cleaning supplies for the room and bathroom, unless children have access to the areas to keep those supplies as it would not be appropriate. These are things like: tissues, paper towels, cleaners, and EPA-registered disinfectants.
If a bathroom is shared with someone who has the virus, the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by the ill person. If the ill person cannot clean the bathroom, the caregiver should wait a practical amount of time before cleaning and disinfecting the high-touch surfaces after an ill person has used the bathroom.
How to clean and disinfect:
To properly clean and disinfect surfaces, wear disposable gloves. They should be tossed after each cleaning. If you decide to use reusable gloves, they should be dedicated for surfaces for COVID-19 and should NOT be used for other purposes or surfaces. Once you remove the gloves, immediately wash your hands afterwards. If a surface is dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
For effective disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with a minimum of 70% alcohol, and most EPA-registered household disinfectants are effective.
For fabric and soft surfaces like carpeted floors, rugs, and drapes, remove any contamination if present and clean with the proper cleaners indicated for use on these fabrics or surfaces. Once the contamination is removed, run the items in the laundry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest water setting possible for the items and then completely dry them. You may also use products with EPA-approved viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces.
When cleaning towels and other linens that go in the laundry don’t forget to wear disposable or reusable gloves. If no gloves are worn when handling dirty laundry, wash hands afterwards. Do not shake the dirty laundry as it will minimize the chance of spreading the virus through the air. Wash the linens or towels according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest water setting possible for the items then completely dry them. You CAN wash dirty laundry from an ill person with other people’s items. Clean and disinfect the clothes hamper properly, and when able, use a disposable bag liner, or one that can be washed.
Clean your hands ya animal!
Wash your hands often, including right after removing gloves and after touching an ill person. Follow the 20-second rule when washing your hands. If soap and water are not available and your hands are not visibly dirty, using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. If your hands are visibly dirty, always wash them with soap and water.
Key times to clean your hands include:
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After using the restroom
- Before eating or preparing food
- After touching animals or pets
- Before and after providing care for anyone who needs assistance
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We offer a full-service clean including bringing specialized atomizers to disinfect the air-space so you can live and breathe healthy with confidence.
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