Here are some helpful tips and instructions to follow on how to properly disinfect your house everyday to kill the coronavirus that your family member could possibly get from outside and bring to your house.
Some research suggests that coronavirus, covid-19 can stay on surfaces made of stainless steel longer than on copper surfaces. But most of our household equipment and materials are made of stainless steel like the doorknobs, handrails, windows, faucets, chairs, tables, kitchen tops,sinks, cabinet handles, light switches and many more which will accommodate the virus for 2 to 7 days. Be sure to use gloves, paper towel or a sandwich bag when touching these areas. Don’t touch them directly. If you don’t have any choice but touch them with your bare hands, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for more than 20 seconds as much as possible or at least 20 seconds when you are in a hurry. Use at least 70% content hand sanitizer when when soap and water is not available.
Disinfect surfaces with disinfectants. Make sure you use face mask while you spray the surfaces to avoid inhaling the harmful chemicals released by the disinfectant. Use gloves when using the disinfectant. Use a headband, hairnet or shower cap when using the disinfectant when you have a long hair so you won’t kept touching your hair with your gloves.
Use disinfectant wipes or cleaners. Click here to read instructions on how to disinfect your house using Lysol or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
Take extra precaution in using disinfectants when you have a family member you have asthma or any other respiratory problems.
Disinfect cellphones, Computers, Tablets, Laptops, Toys, Books, Game Consoles and Controllers.
If you have extra money, hire an expert and licensed fumigation company to disinfect your house.
Some strain of coronavirus survive on paper materials for a few minutes and some could live up to 5 days according to research.
While some experts suggest that coronavirus could hardly penetrate on soft surfaces like fabric or cloth than hard surfaces, we shouldn’t be too relaxed on that part. Let us make the most of our safety protocols that will include all surfaces just to make sure. We will never know what does and what does not contaminate since the virus is invisible.
The safest thing you can do is to stay at home so you can’t get covid-19 from outside but if staying home is not possible then make sure you practice daily disinfection on frequently touched surfaces in your house.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) suggests:
- routine household cleaning most especially the laundry room where the dirty clothes from outside are kept and washed.
- Don’t shake the dirty laundry.
- Apply the warmest machine settings and dry your clothes completely.
- Use gloves when touching the clothes if possible.
- Avoid touching hard surfaces like buttons and zippers where the virus might stick.
- After putting the clothes on the machine, remove and throw away the gloves right away.
- If you don’t wear gloves then wash your hands right away.
- Dry your clothes on high temperature. Coronavirus dies or is killed at temperatures above 133 Fahrenheit.
- Clean and disinfect clothes hampers
Another study published by “The Lancet Microbe” revealed that viruses stayed in printing and tissue papers for three hours while viruses can stay on wood and cloth for 2 days. Virus can stay on smooth surfaces like glass and banknotes for 4 days and up to seven days for stainless steel and plastic. Virus was detected on outer layer of a surgical mask on day 7.