With the current COVID-19 outbreak, cleaning and sanitizing your house is more important than ever to avoid infection and protect yourself and your family.
One of the studies found that covid-19 could survive in the air for up to three hours, on surfaces such as cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for up to three days.
While initial concerns about transmission via surfaces have diminished, it’s still recommended to sanitize high-touch surfaces at least once a day, especially as more people recover at home and undergo isolation and quarantine periods.
Keep reading to learn how to sanitize your house. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide for cleaning and sanitizing your home and keeping it germ-free.
What you should know before home sanitization
Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can significantly reduce the risk that you or a loved one will catch Covid-19 and spread it to others. To begin, here are some things to keep in mind before the sanitization process:
- Before beginning any cleaning task, make sure that you wear personal protective equipment (PPE). Put on a pair of rubber gloves and eye protection such as glasses or goggles to use disinfectants safely.
- When using chemical disinfectants, ensure the area you’re cleaning is well-ventilated. This can help minimize the concentration of air pollutants in the room, including viruses.
- Always read and follow the disinfection label’s directions carefully, and keep chemical disinfectants away from your skin as much as possible.
What Items you should prepare for home sanitization
- Cleaning supplies, including personal protective equipment, bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite) or appropriate disinfectant with indication of effectiveness against coronavirus.
- Mop & buckets
- Disposable cloths/rags
- Laundry detergent
- A change of clothes
High-touch surfaces to sanitize in your house
You don’t have to clean your house from top to bottom every day, but you should sanitize the places where germs are most likely to spread. This includes:
- Doorknobs and handles, including those on refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and microwaves
- Table surfaces
- Kitchen and bathroom counters
- Cell phones and tablets
- Faucets and faucet knobs
- Toilets (seat and handle)
- Light switches
- Remote controls for the TV, fans, and air conditioner
- Computer keyboards and mice
Now that you know what you are going to sanitize, here’s how to do it.
Sanitize your home in 4 simple steps
1. Get your cleaning supplies ready
For mopping the floor area in your house, you’ll need to prepare three buckets:
- One bucket with warm water
- One bucket with warm water mixed with detergent
- One bucket with disinfectant or bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite)
For sanitizing the surfaces, prepare a detergent solution, a disinfectant, or bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite)
Prepare personal protective equipment (PPE), such as disposable gloves, glasses, surgical masks etc.
2. Start by cleaning the surfaces
Using warm water and detergent solution, mop the entire house from one end to the other. After the area has dried, use disinfectant or bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite) to mop it again.
Toilet surfaces should be cleaned with a regular household bleach solution once a day to keep them safe. Wipe toilet surfaces with a bleach solution and fill the toilet’s water cistern with toilet disinfectant tablets or leave-in disinfectant as needed. Using a damp cloth and detergent, sanitize the faucets and fittings.
Now you can proceed to cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces in your home. Using disposable cloths or rags, wipe frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs/handles, kitchen/bathroom counters, table surfaces, etc.
While using effective virus-killing disinfectants is important, so are proper cleaning practices.
First, remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may have built up on the surface. You can wipe it off with soapy water and a disposable cloth to get rid of dirt.
Then, apply a disinfectant to a surface and let the disinfectant sit on the surface for 10 minutes to kill the bacteria. Use only the amount recommended on the label of the disinfectant.
Also, remember to wear personal protective equipment and leave the windows open for ventilation.
3. Wash clothing and fabrics
It is important to wash any linens you have, as the virus can stay on them for up to three days. This includes curtains, bed sheets, blankets, pillow covers, and so on!
Load your garments and linens into the washer and launder them with your regular washing detergent. When you’re finished, dry it at a slightly higher temperature than you normally would. That’s all you need to do to sanitize your clothing and fabrics.
4. Completing the sanitization process
As soon as you finish sanitizing the house, remove and discard all used clothes/rags, personal protective equipment, and other waste by putting them into a double-lined plastic trash bag. If you’re using reusable gloves, make sure to disinfect them once you have sanitized your house.
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds immediately after removing your gloves and PPE.
Take a shower and change your clothes to complete the sanitization process. Maintain good ventilation in your home and wash used clothing as soon as possible.
That’s all. By implementing these home sanitization practices into your everyday routine, you can reduce your chance of contracting Covid-19 and spreading it to others.
If you require more thorough and professional sanitization services, Kaodim’s experts are ready to help you. Book our home disinfection services today and enjoy a healthy and safe environment in your home.