In light of the recent pandemic over COVID-19 aka Corona Virus it’s very easy to panic, overthinking your current cleaning routine. What products are best to kill germs that could affect myself or my family? What spots in my home are the “hotbeds” were a virus like the Corona virus is most likely to spread? When I step outside am, I potentially bringing the virus into my own home counterbalancing my cleaning efforts?
All these questions are very real and yes very scary in these times. Keeping a level head, not jumping to extreme conclusions is very important when it comes to dealing with the effects of a global pandemic such as the one, we are currently experiencing.
How to Clean/Disinfect
With all that being said there are some safe, commonsense, practical tips you can utilize to keep your family safe from harms way during these trying times. At Purplegloves Cleaning Company we’ve come up with a list of 5 steps we utilize everyday in residential and commercial buildings to minimize the risk associated with COVID-19 virus. As a disclaimer we are professionals who utilize these strategies in our practice daily, but we consult with the CDC for best practices to maintain a level of safety for the clients we service. Also, these steps are not just to hinder the spread of the Corona virus but any respiratory infectious disease as well i.e. the flu.
· Wearing a latex based glove while cleaning is essential when cleaning/disinfecting hard surfaces or when handling clothes or laundry. Dispose of glove after each cleaning to reduce the risk of spread through the airways. If you must reusable gloves wash and dry immediately after each use. Also, if you are going to use reusable gloves designate that particular pair just for cleaning purposes only. The CDC recommends this as a best practice as this will keep gloves used for cleaning purposes separate from other household items.
· Before you begin to disinfect a surface, it must first be cleaned. To properly clean a surface use soap or detergent and water.
· For proper disinfection dilute a standard household bleach solution with at least 70% alcohol. Pay careful attention to the expiration date of the clean as expired cleaners will be ineffective in the spread of corona virus. Mixing the bleach solution with the alcohol and a galloon of water you will have your perfect disinfecting solution. Pay careful attention to highly touched areas in the house such as doorknobs, light switches, faucets, handles, desk and toilets. If you are caring for the elderly or an ill person be sure to disinfect all the medical supplies that are present in their room.
· When it comes to cleaning soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:
Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely.
· Lastly clean and disinfect hampers and clothes according to the guidelines associated with surfaces above. If possible, try to avoid shaking of clothes as this will reduce the risk of contaminants spreading through the air. Consider using a bad liner that is either disposable or able to be laundered when cleaning clothes.
All members of your household should wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds after:
After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
After using the restroom
Before eating or preparing food
After contact with animals or pets
Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
By all accounts limit your exposure by following these commonsense practices outline here and by following the CDC recommended guidelines. Stay in doors as best you can to reduce your contact with airborne particles with the virus. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Stay home and stay strong! For further information for proper safety measures to take during the outbreak see www.cdc.gov.
The Purple Gloves Team