The COVID-19 virus most commonly spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets, which is why the CDC recommends proper handwashing and isolating yourself if sick. But, what’s still not 100% certain is how much of the virus spreads from contact with objects or materials infected with the virus, which is a much higher risk, especially in public places.
What is known, however, is the virus may remain live on certain materials for as long as a few days, which is why proper disinfecting and sanitizing methods are crucial in households, schools, and commercial facilities.
What Should you Clean?
All surfaces commonly touched should be cleaned including but not limited to:
- Door handles
- Light switches
This list isn’t exhaustive – any surfaces that everyone touches or every surface in a home or facility that an infected person touched must be not only cleaned, but disinfected.
Understanding Cleaning and Disinfecting
There’s a big difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
- Cleaning eliminates dirt and some germs
- Disinfecting kills germs through the use of effective products including non-toxic products
How to Clean and Disinfect
Start by cleaning the surfaces (if they are dirty). Use warm water and soap and/or detergent. You should do this consistently to prevent the buildup of dirt and germs on common areas in homes, schools, and commercial facilities.
Once the area is clean, it’s time to disinfect. It’s important to use EPA-registered products proven effective in disinfecting areas. The CDC recommends diluted household bleach or the use of EPA-approved products proven to be effective in killing ‘tough viruses’. Make sure to use proper ventilation and follow the manufacturer’s directions for your surface type.
It’s important to do this often – not just one time, especially in schools and other public areas with constant contact. Make sure if you use disinfectant wipes that you don’t reuse the same wipe on multiple surfaces. Once you use a wipe on a surface, throw it out and use a new wipe on the next surface.
If fabrics or porous materials become infected, follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning and disinfecting. If laundering is an option, don’t shake the material out – this only spreads the germs throughout the area, increasing the risk of spreading the virus.
If possible, wash the items on the warmest temperature allowed and dry them on the hottest temperature to completely kill the germs.
Don’t forget to clean and disinfect any objects the infected materials came into contact with, such as hampers or baskets.
Are you concerned about the risk of spreading COVID-19 in your home, school, or public facility? Do you worry about the use of toxic chemicals, but want to disinfect your area and avoid spreading the germs? The professionals at Green Restoration are here to help with the use of effective, but non-toxic cleaning products that clean and disinfect the area, making it safe and decreasing the risk of spreading the coronavirus.