How to Clean and Disinfect Your Home?
Microbes and other pests tend to thrive in our homes in no time. The unpleasant thing is that they are invisible and we do not know exactly how harmful they can be. How can we deal with this problem? Does this mean that we must maintain a sterile environment in every room in our home? See what you can do to deal with all the germs that grow.
Disinfection in a Pandemic – a particularly important part of our health
It’s no secret that germs and infections spread very easily if we don’t take the right measures. With just one contact on a contaminated surface and touching the face and no going back.
The Kovid-19 pandemic is not harmless, and it calls for even greater measures to clean and disinfect the home.
To prevent the spread of infections and infect your loved ones, follow all the rules. You may have heard them many times, we will repeat them one more time to strengthen them:
- observe good hygiene – especially wash your hands often and with warm water.
- use protective gloves and a mask placed on your nose when shopping and in closed public places.
- use disinfectants to clean your hands and the most vulnerable parts in your home (especially door handles, faucets, etc. metal objects),
- disinfect all products you bring into your home, etc.
- observe social distance.
Of course, there are many rules, but these are the most important.
Cleaning before disinfection
Both cleaning and disinfection will help fight infection prevention, but the general rule is to start by cleaning and sanitizing the home. Leave the disinfection for the next step.
What do we mean by cleaning? Removed all debris, waste and tidy up to prepare for easier disinfection in the aftermath needed to kill germs.
First, clean the surfaces to remove visible dirt by wiping them with soapy water (or cleaning spray) and a hand towel. Then apply a disinfectant suitable for the surface, such as disinfectant wipes or disinfectant spray – this helps to kill all germs.
Last but not least, in order to clean and disinfect your home, to prevent the spread of germs, you must use approved disinfectants, such as:
- Antibacterial disinfectant wipes
- Spray or gel disinfectant with an alcohol content above 70% – alcohol is also good option
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
Cleaning tips to prevent the spread of germs
In the following lines you will find very valuable information on disinfection of some of the most important parts in your home. The presented methods are easy, effective and environmentally friendly.
How to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces?
Like many viruses, the most common at the moment – Coronavirus, can stay for a long time on some types of surfaces. Therefore, disinfection of key areas where they are touched daily should be cleaned very thoroughly.
Start with this step by taking daily care of disinfection in the following places:
- Doors and railings
- Kitchen worktops
- Table surfaces
- Hard dining chairs (seat, back and elbows)
- Toilets (seat and handle)
- Lighting switches
- TV remote controls
- Game controllers
This can be quite tiring for a household, but this way you will be sure that you have done everything possible to protect your whole family.
Here’s how to easily clean these surfaces:
You can use a universal cleaning spray and a towel or prepare a detergent yourself. Some surfaces, such as door handles, for example, can be cleaned directly with an alcohol solution, which will certainly kill viruses and bacteria.
It is recommended to ventilate the premises well after each cleaning. It is important when checking various solutions that contain more than 70% alcohol to check that they do not damage the surface. Bleach is one of the very good disinfectants – it kills every enemy, but its whitening properties are not recommended for many areas. If you use products purchased from retailers, be sure to check their expiration date before using them.
Here are some more tips to prevent the spread of germs:
- use protective equipment – goggles and especially disposable gloves, which you should throw away after each cleaning.
- throw away all the towels and other things you have cleaned within a disposable bag. Then tie it thoroughly and be sure to throw it away immediately, or at least take it to the terrace. Do not mix the garbage, because the virus can spread again in your home.
- Finally, always wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water (preferably antibacterial).
How to clean and disinfect the bathroom?
When we talk about the bathroom, the effort required there is quite a lot. Take frequent care of the following elements in it to remove germs quickly and effectively:
- Toilet bowl
- Toilet cistern
Other parts in the bathroom that also need precise care, but this may be a little rarer, are:
- curtains around the shower
The tidier you keep the bathroom, the longer you will enjoy its good appearance and at the same time you will be sure that it is completely disinfected. It is prone to the development of many bacteria because the room is humid, prone to mold and mildew.
How to clean and disinfect laundry?
The clothes you wear outside can be very dangerous for the rapid and lasting spread of viruses and bacteria in your home. Therefore, we advise you to undress as soon as you enter from the front door. Make it a habit and don’t sit anywhere before changing your clothes.
The best option for disinfection is to immediately put them for washing and wash them at a minimum temperature of 40 degrees. If you do not have this opportunity, it is better to take them out in a ventilated place until the virus dies – the best option is on an open terrace. If you have a dryer, be sure to use it, because the appliance is guaranteed to kill even the tiniest virus. If not, dry the clothes until you are sure they are completely dry.
How to clean and disinfect the floor?
The floor is one of the most polluted places. That is why it is a very good idea to regularly clean the flooring with warm water and floor cleaner. In case you keep pets and have small children, it is possible that they often crawl on the floor or have some accidents. To successfully clean urine, feces and vomit, use the same products again, but the towel should be disposable.
Also include some fragrances or homemade solutions with essential oils to neutralize unpleasant odors that spread in the air.
If you have carpets or rugs over the floor, then you need to be even more careful. They retain and develop the most bacteria and require daily cleaning with a vacuum cleaner as well as a home steam cleaner. This is the best option for cleaning them. Also pay attention to upholstered furniture.
Home disinfection is most important at the moment. We live in difficult conditions and pandemic conditions, and the most effective for health is the observance of two measures – personal hygiene and home disinfection. Equip with the necessary products – disinfectants, detergents and protective consumables to ensure higher security and prevent the growth of bacteria.
Emphasize the most commonly used parts of the home, the most easily soiled and especially the kitchen where you prepare your food.
In case you have difficulty, trust professional cleaning companies that will take care of good cleaning – they use much more powerful machines and environmentally friendly detergents, apply different methods of hygiene.