Maintaining a clean, germ-free home is one of the measures we can all take to protect ourselves and our families from the coronavirus. In fact, being aware of the proper disinfection and cleaning procedures is more important now than it has ever been.
Luckily, you can get all the cleaning-related answers you may need from your favorite house cleaners in Anchorage. In this article, we have prepared effective tips for preventing the spread of coronavirus in your home. Keep reading to learn how to keep your home virus-free.
How can I keep my home free from coronavirus?
The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive for hours or even days on different surfaces in your home. That’s why it’s essential to pay extra attention to cleaning and disinfecting all areas in your home, even if you and your family members are self-isolating and taking all the necessary precautions.
If you can’t take care of everything yourself, make sure to motivate your partner to help you clean and even delegate some tasks to the youngest members of your family. Read on to learn how to keep your home safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Adopt a “shoes off” policy
If your family likes to wear shoes indoors, you will have to make some changes in your lifestyle if you want to stay safe. The new coronavirus can stick onto the soles of your sneakers or shoes and end up in your home. That’s why it’s important to remind all household members to leave their shoes at the front door and even disinfect them after they return from grocery shopping.
Wash clothes regularly
Porous surfaces are especially suitable for viruses. Your clothes and linens can carry traces of the virus easily, so make sure to use the warmest setting on your washer when doing laundry if the materials allow it. When transferring the clothes into the washing machine, make sure not to shake them in order to prevent the virus from spreading around.
Focus on high-touch areas
According to the guidelines from the CDC, you should pay special attention to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces you and your family members interact with the most. These high-touch areas include doorknobs, light switches, countertops, remotes, faucets, drawer handles, desks, phones, keyboards, etc.
Clean then disinfect
There is an important difference between cleaning and disinfection. The former serves to reduce the number of germs on a surface but doesn’t kill the virus. Using a disinfectant, on the other hand, will kill the virus but won’t remove it from the surface. That’s why you should always clean an area first and then use an appropriate disinfectant to deactivate any viral residues. Follow these steps for the best results:
- Wear suitable protection: before you begin, put on disposable gloves and a mask to protect yourself from the virus. Refrain from touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) and don’t forget to wash your hands afterward.
- Clean using soap and water: warm soapy water is highly effective against viral particles. Wipe down all surfaces and use a paper towel or a clean rag to dry off the area before you continue with disinfection.
- Disinfect carefully: use an EPA-registered disinfectant to treat the high-touch areas in your home. You can also use household bleach if the surfaces allow it. If you use a disinfectant, make sure to read the instructions on the label before you start.
Rely on highly qualified house cleaners in Anchorage
While we would normally be happy to share useful tips and tricks for cleaning your home for guests and keeping your house clean during a party, we hope that you’re staying at home and doing your part to keep both yourself and other people safe. We know how much you’d love to visit the Anchorage Museum with your friends, but there will be a better time for that, hopefully sooner rather than later.
At White Lilac, we do everything in our power to help our neighbors stay safe during these troubling times. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help maintaining a clean and fresh home. Give us a call!