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Should You Be Disinfecting Your Home?

When it comes to keeping your home clean, do you know whether you should be disinfecting it, and if so, how to go about doing it?

Firstly, it’s important to note the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Let’s look at them both in a little more detail:

Cleaning

This refers to the process of removing germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. While cleaning doesn’t kill germs, it does remove them and lowers their numbers, therefor reducing the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting

The process of using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces, disinfecting doesn’t necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but it does kill germs on a surface once it’s been cleaned, further lowering the risk of spreading infection.

What should you clean and disinfect regularly in your home?

Any areas, items or surfaces in the home that are frequently touched (by your hands or anyone else’s), such as door knobs, remote controls, light switches, countertops, toilets and sinks should be cleaned and disinfected on a frequent basis.

Use your favoritehousehold cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants appropriate for the surfaces, and if using a cleaning service, you can pretty much guarantee that they’ll be addressing these areas already.

What products should you use?

Before cleaning the dirt off of a surface with your favorite cleaning product, you should wipe the surface with a disinfectant. Read the manufacturers instructions to discover how long you need to leave the disinfectant on the surface for, for it to work effectively.

How to disinfect for COVID-19

While it’s unclear exactly how long COVID-19 can remain on a surface for, some researchers state that the virus can survive for several days at room temperature. However, by regularly wiping down commonly touched surfaces, you can help prevent the spread of illnesses like COVID-19 and the flu.

Can you use disinfectant wipes?

The majority of disinfectant wipes are capable of killing up to 99.9% of germs, and provided they’re used appropriately, they may be effective against COVID-19. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the label, and as mentioned previously, always clean a visibly dirty surface before going ahead and disinfecting it. 

What is electrostatic spraying?

New to the cleaning industry, the technology involved in electrostatic spraying of disinfectants and sanitizers has been used relatively successfully in the spraying of paints and coatings. Useful for coating complex shapes with a highly uniform film with little or no overspray, farmers have been using electrostatic sprayers to apply pesticides to crops.

What is fogging?

A quick and simple way to disinfect a room, foggers reduce (and in some instances, eliminate) the presence of viruses, bacteria, fungus, mold and mildew. Activated by pressing a button on the canister, a fog is released into a room, covering everything, disinfecting and deodorizing at the same time.

With the threat of highly contagious viruses such as the flu and COVID-19, it’s no longer enough to deep clean our homes once a year, or even once every few months, it should be done on a much more regular basis. To help keep your home germ-free and everyone in it as healthy as possible, why not hire a convenient and affordable cleaning company?

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