It’s impossible to forget the fervor with which the public emptied store shelves of cleaning wipes when the COVID-19 pandemic first began to sweep across the nation. And for weeks following, it was nearly impossible to snag these supplies for yourself if you weren’t immediately present as the shelves were restocked.
And though the clamor for these items has died down to a degree, that doesn’t mean anybody should be putting in less effort to regularly clean and disinfect their space amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Thus, here is what you need to know about how best to sanitize:
What Surfaces Need the Most Attention?
While it is wise to clean as many surfaces as you can while disinfecting, it is the ones that receive the highest volume of contact that should be prioritized.
Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning common areas and surfaces, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, and more on a daily basis. After, move on to the general cleaning of areas that see less regular traffic.
Outdoor areas should also be regularly maintained and disinfected, particularly if you and/or your family are spending more time outdoors.
Otherwise, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), areas that are left unoccupied for seven or more days only need a routine cleaning — so you don’t have to worry about putting in the extra elbow grease every day if your property is left empty for longer stretches.
How Do I Disinfect Different Surfaces?
Dirty, hard surfaces should first be cleaned with soap and water and then have a disinfectant applied after it has dried, whereas soft surfaces — such as carpets or fabrics — should be laundered or sanitized with safe cleaners designated for the specific material.
While you have a choice of alcohol, bleach, and other bottled items, be sure to not only read labels and follow the item’s manufacturer directions, but be mindful, too, of how you apply your disinfectants.
“In indoor spaces, routine application of disinfectants to surfaces via spraying is not recommended for COVID-19,” as specified by the World Health Organization (WHO). “If disinfectants are to be applied, these should be via a cloth or wipe which is soaked in the disinfectant.”
What If I Need Help?
Despite the necessity for social distancing, it’s important to remember that you are never alone, and you are never without help.
ServiceMaster Restoration of First Coast has year’s worth of experience cleaning and disinfecting areas that feature both high volumes of people as well as a higher risk for diseases, such as with hospitals and other medical facilities.
We not only base our work in scientific practice and recommendations, but we provide protective equipment for our staff, use resources as recommended by the EPA, and take both security and privacy into consideration to protect our customers and their facilities.
We are ready and equipped to help you stay safe, healthy, and happy amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you have further questions or are ready to schedule a cleaning, contact ServiceMaster Restoration of First Coast at (904) 388-1100 today!