Here’s How To Sanitize Your Home For Professional Results
With cold and flu season right around the corner, along with the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, now is a great time to establish a routine that properly sanitizes the surfaces in and around your home.
Sanitizing surfaces goes a step further than removing dirt and grime – it helps prevent bacteria growth and can harmful viruses that may be lurking within your home.
In this post, we’ll give you a few tips that professional cleaners use to sanitize common household surfaces, as well as the products they swear by.
What You’ll Need: Home Sanitization Supplies
With so many cleaning products on the market, it’s a little overwhelming to know which products will give you the best results while keeping you and your family safe from harsh chemicals.
These three substances are safe and effective for sanitizing various surfaces in and around your home. They’re available to purchase online or in some stores.
If you’re wondering if a product can disinfect surfaces contaminated with COVID-19, you can search for it on the EPA’s online database.
If you have children or pets, hydrogen peroxide is a very simple and safe product to use for sanitizing your home. Hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial and antivirus qualities that kill bacteria cells by breaking down the cell’s walls, according to Purdue University.
Use hydrogen peroxide for cleaning walls, glass, doorknobs, countertops, toilets, and any other hard surface in your home.
You may notice that some cleaning supplies and household textiles like bath mats contain something called Microban.
Microban is an additive with antimicrobial technologies that prevent bacteria, mold, and mildew growth. You can purchase products that contain Microban to fight off mold and mildew, and you can buy cleaning products to sanitize other surfaces around your home, according to Better Homes and Gardens.
Common products include the Microban 24-hour cleaner and Adam’s Interior Detailer with Microban. Both products are great for treating hard, non-porous surfaces, but you’ll need to reapply them every 24 hours to maintain a sanitized space.
Vital Oxide is an EPA-registered disinfectant product that claims to kill 99.999% of viruses, according to its website. It’s also able to kill bacteria, mold, and mildew while eliminating odors.
This hospital-grade cleaner is a good product to reach for if you or someone in your home is sick or in contact with sick people often.
Vital Oxide is Chlorine Dioxide based, which offers powerful disinfecting properties. To sanitize, you’ll need to dilute the product with water. For soft surfaces, use a 1:5 product to water ratio. For surfaces that come in contact with food, use a 1:9 product to water ratio. If you need to disinfect a hard, non-porous surface, you don’t need to dilute the product.
Use microfiber cloths instead of sponges or paper towels to sanitize your home. The cloths are machine washable and are less likely to hold on to germs.
Since you’ll probably be cleaning and sanitizing often, pick up a pair of latex gloves to protect your skin from drying out.
How To Sanitize Your Home
Now that you have your supplies ready, it’s time to start sanitizing your home. But where should you start?
Professionals like to approach sanitization by thinking in terms of starting from the inside and working out from there. Here’s how to do it.
Identify The areas Of Your Home You Use – And Touch – Most Often
Things like doorknobs, remote controls, faucets, handles, light switches, appliances, thermostats, and personal electronics often get touched frequently throughout the course of a normal day. Don’t forget to regularly sanitize any stair railings or grab bars outside of your home.
Start any sanitization routine by focusing on these areas first, using a product that’s suitable for that surface. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for use – some products need to sit for a few minutes before they can be wiped off.
Establish A Weekly Cleaning Routine For Less-used Spaces And Items
It’s probably not practical to sanitize your entire home every day, but you can create a schedule to get to every surface in your home at least weekly to sanitize and disinfect it.
The Cleveland Clinic recommends cleaning and disinfecting rooms by working from the top down. That could mean starting by wiping off fan blades to remove dust, then moving on to things that are on the walls like outlets, light switches, and hooks. Keep cleaning and sanitizing the room until you get to the floor, which should be the last surface to get cleaned.
You should also make sure to stay on top of the laundry. Make sure any hand towels, reusable face coverings, washcloths, and sheets are laundered at the highest appropriate temperature for the fabric.
Be Prepared In Case Someone Gets Sick
If someone in your household gets sick, your sanitization routine will become more focused on disinfecting.
You may need to allow products to sit on surfaces for longer periods of time in order to properly disinfect them, so be sure you have proper ventilation and PPE for longer exposures to cleaning chemicals. Follow the directions on the label of your cleaning products to make sure you’re using them properly.
Even if you’re using gloves, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after cleaning.
Prevent Future Contamination By Controlling Who And What Enters Your Home
If you’re worried about COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you ask any visitors who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks inside.
If someone in your home is sick with COVID-19, keep them isolated in one area to prevent spreading the virus to common areas.
To prevent any type of contamination, make it a habit to wash your hands for 20-30 seconds whenever you come home and use a cleaning/disinfecting wipe or spray to clean off any doorknobs and faucets you touched before washing.
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