These days, spring cleaning is not enough! In order to stay safe and healthy, we must disinfect and deep clean our homes. Read below for some tips.
What to Clean
Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home regularly is an important precaution to lower the risk of infection. High-touch surfaces to clean and disinfect each home is different, but common high-touch surfaces include door handles, tables, chairs, handrails, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, taps, toilets, light switches, mobile phones, computers, tablets, keyboards, remote controls, game controllers and favorite toys.
For safety, follow cleaning product instructions for safe and effective use, including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation.
How to Clean
If a surface is dirty, first clean it with soap or detergent and water. Then use a disinfectant product containing alcohol (with about 70%)) or bleach. Vinegar and other natural products are not recommended to truly sanitize.
During this challenging time, it can be difficult to find disinfectant sprays and wipes. In such cases, continue to clean with soap and water. Diluted household bleach solutions may also be used on some surfaces.
How to disinfect
It’s important not to wipe cleaning solutions off as soon as you’ve applied it to a surface. Many disinfectant products, such as wipes and sprays, need to stay wet on a surface for several minutes in order to be effective. Always read the directions to make sure you’re using the products as recommended and to avoid damaging sensitive items such as mobile phones and other electronic devices. Consider using wipeable covers for electronics.
It is currently unclear how long the COVID-19 virus can survive on fabric, but many items of clothing have plastic and metal elements on which it might live for a few hours to several days.
Exercise caution and common sense. Good practices to consider include removing your shoes when you enter your home and changing into clean clothes when you return home after being in crowded places and washing your hands with soap and water immediately afterwards.
Doing laundry at home
Clean bed sheets, towels and clothes regularly. Don’t shake dirty laundry to minimize the possibility of dispersing germs through the air. Launder items with soap or detergent, using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely — both steps help to kill the virus. Wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub, immediately afterwards. Wash or disinfect your laundry bag and hamper as well. Consider storing laundry in disposable bags.
We encourage you to always adhere to the best practices when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing your home. For more information on the finest homes in the Palm Beaches, contact a Tauber Real Estate specialist today at 561.626.4633.