Tips For Keeping Your Home Disinfected & Sanitized This Holiday Season
The holidays are a great time to catch up with family and friends, but they are also right in the middle of cold and flu season. During a time when an infectious disease is spreading so easily, it is important to take the right precautions to keep your home and your family safe! That is why we put together this list of tips on how to not only keep your home clean but also keep it disinfected and sanitized. While it is important to remove dirt, we also want to get rid of bacteria and viruses.
What Products Should You Use to Disinfect Your Home?
Soap & Water: Cleaning all of your surfaces with soap and water should become part of your regular routine. This is especially important in high-traffic areas.
Disinfectant: Not all cleaning products are able to kill viruses. In fact, many of these products are focused on killing bacteria, but not viruses. Here are a few suggestions on what disinfectants you should use:
- Make a diluted household bleach solution by combining 4 teaspoons of household bleach with 1 quart of water.
- Use an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol.
- If you are buying a cleaner or disinfectant look for one that states on its packaging that it kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
Please note: when using these products it is extremely important to follow instructions. Make sure to open windows and have good ventilation when cleaning. Also, make sure to keep the surfaces wet for a few minutes before drying them.
Tips To Keep Your Home Disinfected and Sanitized
- Wipe Down All Surfaces: To start, you should clean all of the surfaces your family touches the most. If germs are living in these places, they can easily be transferred to your hands and then to other surfaces. Since some viruses can live on a surface for days, it is important to practice a daily hygiene routine with your family. Some high-traffic areas to consider include your kitchen, countertops, desks, keyboards, door handles, light switches, and remotes.
- Clean Your Devices Regularly: Next, wipe down all of your devices using a disinfecting wipe or a paper towel with disinfectant on it. Pay extra attention to areas where dirt usually gets trapped. Keep your keyboards, touch screens, trackpads, mouse, and remotes clean and disinfected.
- Wash Your Floors: You may not think of your floors since your hands may not ever be touching them, but your shoes and your pets are. This can bring in bacteria and viruses from outside.
- Deep Clean Your Soft Surfaces: Sometimes you forget about or overlook your soft surfaces like carpets, rugs, drapes, and furniture. These items aren’t also as easy to clean as your hard surfaces. Use whatever the recommended cleaner is for that product, or bring what you can to a dry cleaner or professional upholstery and carpet cleaner.
- Do Your Laundry: This one may seem obvious, but make sure you are washing all of your clothes, towels, and linens regularly. Use the warmest appropriate setting for cleaning and drying to make sure all of your items dry completely. Once you finished the laundry don’t forget to disinfect your hamper!
Call the Experts at Restoration 1 of Manhattan
Restoration 1 specializes in virus disinfection and sanitation. We use only the most advanced equipment and up-to-date techniques. Our team uses CDC and EPA-approved cleaning agents on all of your surfaces in your home. Furthermore, our team is trained and equipped with safety equipment to reduce the risk of contamination or illness from any biohazard materials.
Restoration 1 of Manhattan is here for you when you need us. If your home has been infected by a virus, or you are simply taking precautionary measures, gives us a call and ask about our Virus Disinfection and Sanitation services.