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How to Effectively Clean and Disinfect Your Rochester Home

How to Effectively Clean and Disinfect Your Rochester Home

During these times of the coronavirus pandemic, we all need to do everything we can to stay safe from this deadly virus. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces at home is one of the things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the coronavirus and to prevent the spread of this virus. Although it is reported that you are more likely to contract COVID-19 from person-to-person transmission, than from surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in our homes at least once every day, more so if you or a member of your household has gone outside or have had contact with someone from outside your home, like a delivery personnel.

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

The first thing you need to understand as you set to protect your household from the coronavirus is this – cleaning and disinfecting are two different tasks and both of these are crucial processes in getting rid of the deadly virus and reducing the likelihood of contracting COVID-19. The process of cleaning involves the removal of dirt and germs from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs; it removes or reduces the number of germs, lowering the risk of infection. The process of disinfecting, on the other hand, involves the use of chemicals to kill germs. To effectively clean and disinfect your home, the CDC also recommends the use of EPA-registered disinfectants.

Cleaning vs Disinfecting

Where to Start

Prioritize cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, tabletops (dining table, work desk), chairs (seat, back, and arms), kitchen counters, bathroom counters, faucets, toilet seats and handles, remote controls, and game controllers. Better to sanitize these every time you touch or use them, if possible.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that the new coronavirus can survive for several hours in air particles and for days on surfaces. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UCLA, and Princeton University found that the coronavirus can survive in aerosols for up to three hours. Aerosols are solid or liquid particles that are suspended in the air, such as fog, dust, and gas commonly used in medical procedures like ventilation and nebulizers. They also discovered that the said virus can survive longer on other types of surfaces: on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for up to three days. Given these recent findings, it is apparent that cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces is a step we all need to take.

Where to Start to clean and disinfect during coronavirus pandemic

Safe and Effective Ways to Clean and Disinfect Your Rochester Home

Prioritize cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, tabletops (dining table, work desk), chairs (seat, back, and arms), kitchen counters, bathroom counters, faucets, toilet seats and handles, remote controls, and game controllers. Better to sanitize these every time you touch or use them, if possible.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that the new coronavirus can survive for several hours in air particles and for days on surfaces. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UCLA, and Princeton University found that the coronavirus can survive in aerosols for up to three hours. Aerosols are solid or liquid particles that are suspended in the air, such as fog, dust, and gas commonly used in medical procedures like ventilation and nebulizers. They also discovered that the said virus can survive longer on other types of surfaces: on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for up to three days. Given these recent findings, it is apparent that cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces is a step we all need to take.

Ways to safely and effectively disinfect your homeWhere to Start to clean and disinfect during coronavirus pandemic

If the recommended household disinfectants are not available, you may also use alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol or a bleach solution. When preparing a bleach solution, check the label first and see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. It should have a sodium hypochlorite concentration of 5% to 6%. Also check and make sure that your bleach is not past its expiration date. After you have done these checks, prepare the bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons or 1/3rd cup of bleach with a gallon of room temperature water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach with one quart of room temperature water. Prepare just enough amount needed as this bleach solution is effective for disinfection for only 24 hours. Be sure to check and follow the instructions on the label for proper application and ventilation. When applying onto a surface, leave the bleach solution for at least one minute. Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Soft (Porous) Surfaces at Home

Soft (porous) surfaces at home, such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, may be cleaned by removing any visible dirt first then cleaning these with appropriate cleaners. After cleaning, wash the items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Whenever possible, use the warmest water setting for these items then allow these to dry completely.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Clothes and Other Items Made of Fabric

You can wash your clothes, towels, and linens with the usual detergents that you normally use, as this will effectively disinfect these. Be sure to wash these appropriately, based on the manufacturer’s instructions, and use the warmest water setting whenever possible. Dry these completely.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Clothes and Other Items Made of Fabric during coronavirus pandemic

When doing the laundry, always wear disposable gloves, especially when handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick. You do not have to wash dirty laundry from a person who is sick separately, you can still wash these together with other people’s laundry. When transferring dirty laundry from the hamper to the washing machine, avoid shaking these to reduce the possibility of dispersing virus through the air. Clean and disinfect clothes hampers with the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting agents. After doing so, remove your gloves and wash your hands right away. The extra task of cleaning and disinfecting your home may seem to be very tedious and exaggerated but remember that what we’re fighting against is something we cannot see and this virus is extremely deadly. So, let us do whatever it is that we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones until such time that we can be sure that we are no longer at risk.

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