How to Clean and Disinfect Your Home From Germs, Viruses and Prevention Methods:
What is cleaning:
Cleaning alludes to the expulsion of germs, earth, and contamination’s from surfaces. Cleaning doesn’t eliminate germs, yet by evacuating them, it brings down their numbers and the danger of spreading contamination.
What is disinfecting or sterilizing:
Sterilizing alludes to utilizing synthetic compounds to eliminate germs on surfaces. This procedure doesn’t really clean messy surfaces or evacuate germs, yet by eliminating germs on a surface in the wake of cleaning, it can additionally bring down the danger of spreading disease and infection.
practice routine cleaning of often contacted surfaces (for instance: tables, door handles, light switches, handles, work areas, toilets, fixtures, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-enrolled disinfectants that are suitable for the surface, adhering to name guidelines. Names contain guidelines for protected and powerful utilization of the cleaning item including safety measures you should take while applying the item, for example, wearing gloves and ensuring you have great ventilation during utilization of the item.
Household members should be cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces on a daily bases in common areas such as tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, remotes, light switches, handles, desks, toilets and sinks.
In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person.
If someone at home is sick, dedicate a bedroom and bathroom for them. Reduce the cleaning frequency to as needed bases. You should avoid unnecessary contact and keep a far distance as much as possible with an ill person unless needed.
Buy extra cleaning supplies specifically for a ill person to use on their own if possible. These supplies could be tissues, paper towels, cleaners and disinfectants.
If you do not have an extra bathroom, what you will need to do is clean the bathroom after every use of the ill person. If this is not possible hire a cleaning company to help. The main areas to clean are any high-touch surfaces.
To clean surfaces you will need to have and wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect surfaces. You should not use the same gloves after one use. If you have re-usable gloves, dedicate those gloves for cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and do not use it for anything else or anywhere else. Once you have cleaned with the gloves on, remove the gloves and clean hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds.
How to clean and disinfect:
Cleaning is different than disinfecting. Cleaning should be done before disinfecting. If you see a dirty surface or if a surface gets dirty, use detergent or any soap and water before disinfecting.
When it is time to disinfect, use diluted household bleach solutions, and alcohol solutions that are least 70% alcohol for disinfection’s.
For disinfectants: Never use a expired alcohol solution based product. Never mix bleach with ammonia as this can be very toxic.
How to properly dilute and prepare a bleach solution:
Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
For carpeted floor, rugs, drapes and other soft porous areas remove the contamination if it is present and then clean with cleaners that are used for these types of surfaces.
Clothing, towels, linens and other laundry items of such:
Make sure to wear and use disposable gloves when touching these types of surfaces as well, especially from an ill person. Remember to use different gloves and not to use these gloves for anything else. If you do not have gloves, wash your hands with soap after.
– Do not aggressively shake or throw the dirty clothes around, as this can spread any virus or bacteria around.
-Use the warmest settings for your washing water settings and drying machines. You need not to caution about laundering with an ill person’s clothes. You can put all laundry together.
Washing Hands and Hygiene for preventative measures:
- Wash hands as often as possible, and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose.
- Immediately wash hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose.
- Right before preparing and eating food or drinks.
- After touching or being in contact with pets and animals.
- Before and after providing care for a person who needs assistance (eg child)
Although this is advice to take for any virus outbreak such as the coronavirus covid 19 Edmonton, we do not make any claims that guarantee the removal and disinfecting of the virus. For more information please visit: