In this post we will talk about how you can clean & disinfect your home during pandemic , which Products to use & how to use them for cleaning and disinfecting covid19 virus
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The current outbreak of Covid-19 in Canada has caused massive destruction to human life. Cleaning the surfaces of your homes with appropriate household cleaning and disinfecting products can help prevent the spread of illness, including covid-19.
House cleaning may not be the most enjoyable activity in your day, but a few minutes of killing germs can help you keep your family safe. It is easier said than done. Jobs like these are done best if left over to the experts.
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How to disinfect Coronavirus at home?
- All the broad spectrum CDC approved and EPA registered disinfectants are used by us to kill the claim.
- To begin with, the infected materials or surfaces are properly cleaned. Furthermore, they are disinfected and disposed of as biohazard waste.
- PPE kits and full face respirator masks are worn by our certified cleaning technicians.
Here’s what you can do at your end to ensure your safety from the virus.
Use a household cleaner containing soap or detergent for cleaning. It reduces the number of germs and decreases the risk of spreading infection from surfaces.
In most cases, cleaning alone removes all the major virus particles on surfaces. Proper disinfection to reduce Covid-19 in your house is not needed unless someone in your home has been sick or someone who is covid positive visited you in past days.
How to disinfect household items?
To begin with, make sure the floor is clean and dry. There should be no damp corners as it can be an ideal breeding ground for viruses and bacterias.
Fluid disinfectants containing chlorine at a concentration of 250 mg/L or other products such as bleaching powders, chlorine tablets and peroxides can be used to clean the floors and general surfaces around the house.
Electrical appliances such as mobile phones or computers should also be cleaned properly.
For electrical appliances, metals, or any other objects which are not resistant to corrosion, disinfecting wipes or 75% alcohol prep pads should be used. Leave it on the surface for 15min then wipe off its residue with a clean damp cloth.
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When & How & Which Products To Use For Covid Cleaning?
- If you have visitors or not clean high-touched surfaces regularly. (daily)
- Mainly focus on surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, countertops, etc.
- Clean surfaces using a suitable product for each, following details on the product label.
If you are specifically cleaning to reduce the flow of coronavirus in your house then always use a product mentioned in the EPA list. Read the label to make sure that it is effective against covid-19.
Health Canada has shared a list of hard-surface disinfectants that have drug identification numbers (DIN) and are approved for sale in Canada.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also identified disinfectants in their List N, that are thought to be effective against the coronavirus.
Be sure to follow all the instructions carefully. If any warning is mentioned to protect eyes, skin or lungs from caustic ingredients then do follow it. Be cautious while using these disinfectants.
They release strong fumes and can be dangerous in closed spaces that aren’t well ventilated.
If the cleaners mentioned in the EPA list are not available feasibly then bleach solutions can also be used. Here you can get a certified list of all the EPA registered disinfectants for Covid-19.
Bleach is available at various strengths-
- Bleach used for laundry purposes must be a solution of 5,25% of sodium hypochlorite.
- The “ultra” form is slightly more concentrated. It should be diluted before using it as household bleach.
- Industrial bleach solutions have higher concentration so they are used by the commercial disinfecting companies with proper equipment. .
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Prepare disinfectants against covid-19 in non-health care settings
In non-health care settings, sodium hypochlorite also known as bleach or chlorine may be used.
The recommended concentration is 0.1%. For surface disinfection, 70-90% of concentrated alcohol can also be used.
For communicable diseases, chemical disinfectants and sanitisers are important. In their concentrated form, they are potentially hazardous to children.
Precautions must be taken to prevent them from harming themselves.
- Such products must be kept in their original containers away from the reach of the children.
- Solutions of sanitisers should not be sprayed while having kids around.
For safety purposes, it is advisable not to keep such disinfectants at home. When needed, you should contact expert cleaners for help.
Cleaners containing disinfectants-
To reduce the amount of disinfectants used, cleaning and disinfecting processes are separated.
- Objects or surfaces containing dirt or soil block the effects of disinfectants or sanitisers. Therefore before disinfecting it is required that the surface should be cleaned properly with any detergent or soap mixture.
- Never mix bleach and ammonia because the mixture produces a poisonous gas.
- Not all surfaces require sanitisation or disinfecting.
Alternative/less harmful homemade cleaning products
There are some other products too which are not harmful or poisonous. Ingredients like baking soda, liquid soap, and vinegar are used to make such less toxic products.
The only thing they require more is “elbow grease” . It means to clean peperly with them you have to scrub harder which indeed is not an easy task. Even though they are less toxic, necessary precautions should be taken while handling them.
So, for routine disinfection, commercial cleaning services are way too helpful. You get a safe environment without going through any danger.
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COVID Disinfection FAQ’s
Q1. What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?
Ans. Cleaning something means you just removed all the visible traces of dust or dirt. It’s like wiping off a wooden shelf or furniture with a cloth.
But, when you disinfect something, you aim to kill the germs that may be living in it or on it. Cleaning can be done using anything but disinfectant required proper chemicals.
Q2. What if the smell of the disinfecting supplies triggers my nausea?
Ans. If the odour of disinfectant or other cleaning supplies cause you to feel nauseated, ask somebody else to do the cleaning if possible. In such cases it is advisable to hire a professional for cleaning purposes.
Q3. What’s the safest way to store disinfectants?
Ans. Always store the disinfectants below the eye level. Keep them in their original containers. It is also suggestable to keep them in a temperature controlled area like a cabinet so they are not exposed to the elements.
Q4. Can I combine different disinfectants?
Ans. The answer to this question is a big no. It can be very dangerous if you don’t understand the chemical properties of chemicals you are mixing and how they react to each other.
So, be very careful even while working with different types of disinfectants around the house.
Q5. What items and areas should I be disinfecting in my home and how often to prevent any kind of illness?
Ans. Any object which is touched frequently, should be disinfected daily. This is more important during this global pandemic as we have no approved treatment yet.