The important thing you need to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two different methods. Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface while disinfecting is about killing pathogens. It’s essential to practice both methods if anything or anyone has entered or exited your home. While transmission from person-to-person has a higher greater risk compared to transmission via surfaces, it’s still essential to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home on a daily basis. This is important if you have to leave and return for goods or work.
Focus on high-touch surfaces
Depending on the types of surfaces, COVID-19 is capable of living on surfaces for up to 24 hours. On plastic and stainless steel, the virus can live up to two or three days. So it’s highly important to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as:
- Table surfacess
- Hard dining chairs
- Kitchen counters
- Bathroom counters
- Faucets and faucet knobs
- Toilet seat and handle
- Light switches
- TV remote controls
- Game controls
- Desk surfaces
First of all, clean the surfaces, remove any contaminants, dust or debris. You can do this by wiping them with cleaning spray and a hand towel. Next, apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. The fastest and simplest way to do this is with disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray. If you are not able to get your hands on disinfectant, you can do it with soap or cleaning agents that you possess.
Washing clothes with laundry soap
Washing your clothes with normal laundry soap and drying at a higher temperature will be sufficient enough to disinfect your clothes. Make sure you disinfect surfaces, the dirty laundry comes in contact with, and that includes the hamper as well as your hands. Last but not least, don’t forget to clean your coat and backpack as well.
Disinfect packages and mail
While it’s relatively low-risk of transmitting the virus, it is still better to disinfect the packages and mail with wipes. Remember to was your hands after properly disposing the packaging.
Disinfect your mobile devices and laptop
It gets tricky when it comes to disinfecting your mobile devices. Use disinfecting wipes by wiping the screen, buttons and anywhere dust can get trapped. Be sure to remove the cases first before you clean underneath. Laptop displays are either made from glass or plastic, so you may need to use different disinfecting methods. For a glass display, you need a disinfecting solution and a soft towel to clean the screen. Remember to wipe the keyboard, trackpad, the exterior and other sections of the laptop.
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