COVID-19: How to Disinfect Your Home
Most of the country is under a stay-at-home order due to the current COVID-19 crisis. This quarantine leaves many Americans working from home during the day and concerned about how to ensure the coronavirus is kept out of their homes. Many homeowners are also concerned about the coronavirus on their carpet and upholstery. While much is still unknown about the new strain of coronavirus at the center of this global pandemic, there is some information about how to help protect your home and family from COVID-19.
How Long Can Coronavirus Survive on Carpet?
In general, the amount of time a virus can remain infectious depends on multiple factors such as temperature, humidity, and the porosity of surfaces. The reason why viruses such as the flu tend to do well in the winter is because of the cold, dry environments. However, what does that mean for your carpet during this time?
A 2011 study by the England’s Department of Public Health found that the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus remained infectious nearly twice as long on non-porous surfaces than on porous surfaces. Non-porous surfaces include surfaces such as plastic and metal. Porous surfaces include clothing, wood, and other fabrics. Carpet and upholstery are porous surfaces, which means that they are not a very hospitable environment to viruses when compared to doorknobs and countertops.
Persistence of Coronaviruses on Inanimate Surfaces
A recent study published by The Journal of Hospital Infections found that COVID-19, much like similar viruses such as SARS and MERS, can survive anywhere from two hours to nine days on a surface. However, due to the novelty of this new strain, it’s unclear if the methods for preventing the spread of known coronaviruses will work in the same way for COVID-19. Still, it’s never a bad idea to disinfect your home.
To ensure both your and your family’s health and safety during this trying time, the CDC recommends the following to ensure a clean home:
1. Routinely Clean Frequently-Touched Surfaces
One of the best ways to protect your loved ones from germs is to make sure to clean frequently-touched surfaces often. These types of surfaces include:
- Light Switches
Make sure to use disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting your home.
2. Disinfect Surfaces
If you’re looking to disinfect surfaces in your home, the CDC recommends to clean the area or item with soap and water if it is dirty. Then, you should use a household disinfectant to rid the area or item of germs. The CDC recommends the use of EPA-registered household disinfectant. Make sure to follow the instructions on the product for both safety and effectiveness.
Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner. This combination lets off a poisonous gas.
How to Disinfect Soft Surfaces Such as Carpet
The CDC recommends cleaning soft surfaces with either soap and water or a cleaner appropriate for use on the surface. For any soft surface that is washable, launder it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Try to use the warmest water possible and make sure to dry the items completely.
The CDC also recommends disinfecting soft surfaces with appropriate EPA-registered househould disinfectants. It’s also likely that a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning can help rid your carpet of contaminants for a cleaner, healthier living area.
3. Clean Electronics
The CDC recommends putting a wipeable cover on electronics and following the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting the device. If the manufacturer hasn’t provided any instructions, make sure to use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alccohol. Ensure to dry the surface thoroughly after cleaning it to prevent damage.
4. Launder Clothes Appropriately and Often
The CDC also recommends laundering clothes in the warmest water setting possible and drying each item completely. Do not wash dirty laundry from a person who is sick with other family members’ items. Make sure to wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from someone who is ill. Do not shake dirty laundry. Make sure to clean and disinfect clothes hampers as well. Remove your gloves and wash your hands right away after handling dirty laundry, especially dirty laundry from someone who is ill.
5. Wash Hands Often
The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, visibly dirty hands should always be washed with soap and water. After washing your hands, avoid touching your ears, nose, eyes, and mouth. Make sure to wash your hands:
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After using the restroom
- Before eating or preparing food
- After contact with animals or pets
- Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
How Can Neato Carpet Care Help You?
At Neato Carpet Care, we don’t limit ourselves to just one service. That versatility is why we offer much more than just carpet cleaning. Our range of different services allows our customers to have one company for all of their cleaning needs. We want our various cleaning treatments to be available to homeowners and business owners alike. By providing cleaning services for both residential areas and commercial buildings you will always know who to call no matter what the job is. Whatever you need cleaned, we are here to help. Call today.