Tips for Keeping Your Home Sanitized During the Holidays
While we suggest staying safe and staying home this holiday season, we know that some will be having small gatherings to celebrate the holidays. During a time when an infectious disease is spreading so easily, it is important to take the right precautions to keep your home and family safe. We have gathered some tips on how to keep your home not only clean but also disinfected and sanitized. It is important to remove dirt but we also want to get rid of bacteria and the threat of infectious viruses.
What Products Should You Use to Disinfect?
- Soap and Water: Cleaning your surfaces with soap and water should become a regular routine, especially in high-traffic areas.
- Disinfectant: Not all cleaning products are able to kill infectious viruses. In fact, many products are focused on killing bacteria, not viruses. Here are some suggestions for good disinfectants:
- Diluted household bleach solutions that you can make at home (4 teaspoons of household bleach with 1-quart of water)
- Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol
- Cleaners and disinfectants that state on their packaging that they kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
*When using these products make sure to follow instructions and open windows to have good ventilation when cleaning. Also, make sure to keep the surfaces wet for a few minutes before drying.
Steps to Take to Keep Your Home Sanitized
- Wipe Down Surfaces
First, when doing full home disinfection, you should start with the surfaces that you and your family touch the most. If germs are living on these objects, they can easily be transferred to your hands and then to other surfaces. Since some viruses can stay on surfaces for days, it is important to practice a daily hygiene routine with your family to decrease the spread of these viruses. High traffic areas include kitchens, counters, desks, keyboards, door handles, light switches, and remotes.
- Clean Your Devices
Next, using a disinfecting wipe or a paper towel with disinfectant, wipe down all of your devices. Make sure to pay attention to areas where dirt usually gets trapped. Keep your keyboards, touch screens, trackpads, mouse, and remotes clean.
- Wash Your Floors
While your hands may not be touching the floor, your shoes and your pets are. This can bring bacteria and viruses from outside into your home.
- Deep Clean Your Soft Surfaces
Don’t forget to clean your carpets, rugs, drapes, and furniture. These surfaces are often forgotten about or overlooked. These items may not be as simple to clean as the hard surfaces. Use the recommended cleaner or bring what you can to a dry cleaner or professional upholstery and carpet cleaner.
- Do Your Laundry
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure to wash all of your clothes, towels, and linens regularly. Use the warmest appropriate setting for cleaning and drying your clothes then make sure all of your items dry completely. Once you’re finished with the laundry, also disinfect your hamper!
Call in the Experts at Restoration 1
Restoration 1 has specialized in virus disinfection and sanitation for over a decade. At Restoration 1, we use the most advanced equipment and up-to-date techniques. We apply these CDC and EPA approved cleaning agents to your floors, countertops, keyboards, office equipment, shelving, storage areas, and all other surfaces people may have come in contact with. Furthermore, our team is trained and equipped with safety equipment to reduce the risk of contamination or illness from any biohazard materials.
Restoration 1 is here to assist if your home or work has been infected by a virus, or you are simply taking precautionary measures. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Contact Restoration 1 of Long Island for Virus Disinfection & Sanitation today.