The COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the world and is affecting the everyday lives of millions. Many people are following the advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for the ways in which the transmission of the disease can be reduced. Since some pathogens can live on surfaces for several hours, health organizations are recommending people to disinfect high-touch services.
Although there are many methods to sanitize your home, there are also professional services like The Sanitation Man provides for the best and most thorough results. Our method of treatment can reach high up a wall, over 6 ft., where you are not able to reach for cleaning. We can reach low under surfaces often missed such as under a kitchen table or island ledge. Our method of product placement allows the property to be treated with a mist that moves through an entire structure and touch places that will be overlooked or missed when cleaning by hand. No matter how well you clean your home by hand, it’s nearly impossible to hit every single surface area and up walls. That is where we come in, and we can be in and out in under an hour in most homes!
Although there is still more to be studied about this virus, we’ve gathered a list of simple sanitation tips to help you protect your home or business.
Wash Hands Frequently
You may have heard this over and over again, but this tip is the most important of them all because the virus is so contagious. The CDC recommends that you wash your hands vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Also, as a backup, use hand sanitizers that are at least 70% alcohol. While you should wash your hands regularly throughout the day, you should also wash them any time you come home from running errands or after unloading groceries, as you may have come in contact with infected people or surfaces. If you can not immediately wash or sanitize your hands, just be sure not to touch your face until you can.
Clean & Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces
First things first – remove all objects from your surfaces and grab a pair of disposable gloves. If your surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to the actual disinfection. For surface cleaning, look for products such as sprays, wipes, and concentrates that say “disinfectant” on the label and include an EPA registration number approved for use against COVID-19. Products with the EPA registration number are required to meet government specifications for safety and effectiveness. Food-prep items, such as cutting boards and countertops should be rinsed with water before use to avoid chemical exposure. Also, please check to ensure the product you are using is not past its expiration date.
Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches and countertops should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Additionally, be sure you are wiping down your high-touch electronics such as laptops and phones daily with alcohol-based wipes or spray (if not prohibited in manufacturer’s instructions). Think of every time you touch a surface and then immediately touch your cell phones!
Don’t Forget About Clothes and Soft Surfaces
Soft surfaces such as rugs and drapes should be cleaned regularly as well. Clean the surfaces using soap and water or with appropriate cleaners, or launder if possible according to manufacturer’s instructions. Many EPA-registered household disinfectants can be sprayed to disinfect soft surfaces that can’t easily be washed like sofas or carpet – just be sure to read the label and test on a small area first.
Before doing a load of laundry, make sure you wipe down and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry. Furthermore, do not shake your laundry because this increases the risk of the virus being dispersed through the air. If possible, launder using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items to kill the virus. Although the use of bleach as a disinfectant is an option, not all fabrics are suitable for bleach. Please remember to read and follow clothing label instructions. If handling laundry for a person who has been sick, it’s OK to mix with other people’s clothes, but wear disposable gloves when loading and wash hands immediately after.
Although these are all great DIY measures, if you are concerned about disinfecting your home or business – for example, if you’ve been exposed to someone who has the virus, or if you want to take proactive measures to protect your customers – leave it to the professionals for thorough sanitation!
The Sanitation Man offers total property disinfection services that are a great fit for residential, commercial and industrial customers right now. Whether someone you know has been diagnosed with the virus, or you want to take extra steps to protect your customers, The Sanitation Man is available to help. Visit our contact page today or call us at 225-923-2847 to learn more or schedule a consultation. Let’s continue to work together to fight the spread of COVID-19!