House Cleaner in San Diego Shares Insights into Sanitizing During COVID-19
We are currently living through unprecedented times with the coronavirus pandemic getting closer to home each day. Disinfecting your home is no longer just about sanitizing – it can now be a life and death proposition, particularly if someone in your home is ill or immunosuppressed.
Although we see an evolving situation each day from the local and national media and some information seems to be at odds with others, everyone seems to understand the importance of disinfecting our environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has laid out specific guidelines to ensure that we are cleaning our homes sufficiently to keep this insidious virus at bay.
Sanitizing Hard Surfaces
It is important to clean all hard, non-porous surfaces that are frequently touched with soap and water. These surfaces include:
- Flat surfaces like tables and countertops
- Light switches
After basic cleaning is done, a household disinfectant should be used. Instructions on the label should be followed for the most effectiveness. The EPA has provided a comprehensive list of recommended products. Many of these products recommend keeping surface areas wet for a period of time and to be used only when wearing gloves in a ventilated area.
Tom from MrCleanSD said, “Diluted bleach solutions can be used for appropriate surfaces. A solution can be made by mixing ⅓ cup of bleach per gallon of water. Alcohol solutions that have at least 70 percent alcohol content are also suggested. And never mix household bleach with ammonia products. If you are cleaning electronics, follow the manufacturer’s advice for cleaning and disinfecting. If there is none, use alcohol-based wipes containing at least 70 percent alcohol and allow the device to dry completely. Consider covering electronics with wipeable covers.”
Cleaning Soft Surfaces and Fabrics
Soft surfaces and fabrics should be cleaned using soap and water or appropriate cleanser. These should be cleaned with the warmest appropriate water setting and left to dry completely. These surfaces should then be disinfected with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
For clothing, towels and linens, wear disposable gloves when handling any laundry from someone who is sick. Do not shake any dirty laundry. Launder all items in the warmest appropriate water and let dry completely. Make sure to clean and disinfect any surfaces or hampers that laundry has come into contact with.
If Someone is Sick in Your Home
When someone in your home is sick, it is important to segregate them to another room, if possible. Make sure to handle all dishes and utensils used by that person with disposable gloves. Wash these items in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher. Have a dedicated lined trash can available for only this person. Make sure to wash your hands immediately upon removing gloves.
Wash Your Hands
This has become our new rallying cry. We now understand the importance of washing hands for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, using hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol is recommended.
San Diego house cleaner MrCleanSD is monitoring the COVID-19 situation each day. They’ve added new policies and procedures for sanitizing any high-touch areas in your home as well as wearing disposable gloves at all times. If you require cleaning assistance at this time, call MrCleanSD at (619) 366-0886.