Spring cleaning is taking on special significance this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, you’re likely interested in stepping up your sanitation efforts to not only refresh your home for the new season but also to protect your family from viruses.
Follow these tips for a deeper spring cleaning.
Know the Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting
These words are often used interchangeably, but they mean different things.
Cleaning: This generally refers to scrubbing surfaces to remove organic material. Cleaning isn’t killing germs. You’re simply removing dirt and build-up.
Sanitizing/Disinfecting: Depending on the product you’re using, you could either be sanitizing or disinfecting depending on its concentration of germ-killing chemicals. A sanitizing product will kill most of the germs on a surface, whereas a true disinfectant, such as bleach, will eradicate 99.999 percent of nasty things like Salmonella and E.coli. The distinction between the two is subtle, but it makes a big difference in preventing the spread of viruses.
Know When to Sanitize and When to Disinfect
Most of your spring cleaning will involve sanitizing high-touch surfaces, such as:
A common household cleaner should do the job.
Because disinfectants contain harsh chemicals, you should reserve these cleaning agents for the messy stuff, i.e., bodily fluids and toilets.
Know How Often to Clean/Sanitize
Your spring cleaning will include a marathon of heavy-duty wiping and scrubbing, but routine maintenance will keep your home clean.
Generally, sanitizing high-touch surfaces two to three times a week will dramatically reduce bacteria. However, if someone is ill, it’s advised to keep them isolated and sanitize daily.
Check the label on the product, so you know exactly what you’re handling and how to use it. And remember never to mix these products with ammonia or other chemicals.
Wear protective gear such as rubber gloves, eyewear, and face masks, especially when handling a heavy-duty disinfectant like bleach.
After cleaning a surface, rotate the cloth, so you’re not spreading germs around. Replace cloths frequently.
Wash your hands after cleaning.
Disinfect the Air
Don’t forget to address your indoor air quality during your sanitation spree. A Fresh-Air UV system reduces up to 99.999996% of microorganisms. This UV disinfection system works in conjunction with your HVAC unit to clean the air as it recirculates through your home. While it hasn’t been tested against the coronavirus, it has proven effective at inactivating similar pathogens.
Bottom line: Take your spring cleaning to a deeper level. Use the right cleaning products that the right way and don’t forget that your indoor air needs to be cleaned, too. For all of your indoor air quality needs, contact Guaranteed Service at (732) 412-1134.