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Coronavirus Home Cleaning Tips
Published April 27, 2020Last Updated April 28, 2020

Home Disinfection Tips: The Right Way to Disinfect

According to the CDC, cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces helps prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like the coronavirus. The virus can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours, depending on the surface. Thus, regularly cleaning and disinfecting those surfaces can decrease the chances of contracting the virus. Check out the essential coronavirus home cleaning tips below.

Coronavirus home cleaning tips

General cleaning tips

  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting your home.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water.
  • Then, use an EPA-approved household disinfectant. Using an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol is also acceptable.
  • To make sure the products work as intended, follow the instructions on the labels.
  • Often, disinfectant products recommend keeping the surface wet for a while and ensuring you have proper ventilation during the use of the product.
  • Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks, etc.

Soft surfaces

  • Clean soft items, such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, using soap and water or cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
  • When possible, launder the items following the instructions manual. Wash items with hot water and dry them thoroughly. Alternatively, disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant.

Electronics

  • For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting. In general, it’s safe to use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Wait for the surfaces to dry completely.
  • Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics, if possible.

Laundry

  • Wash clothing, towels, linens, and other items following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • For the best results against pathogens, use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Wear disposable gloves if you’re going to be touching laundry from a person who is sick. But remember not to shake dirty laundry.
  • It’s safe to wash dirty laundry from a person who is sick with other people’s items.
  • Remove the gloves and wash your hands right after you finish doing the laundry.

Coronavirus home cleaning — when someone is sick

Bedroom and bathroom

  • The person who is sick should have a separate bedroom and bathroom and should stay separated from others in the home as much as possible.
  • Wearing gloves and a mask or other face covering, clean the area around the person who is sick only when needed to help limit your contact with the person who is ill.
  • Also, wearing a mask, and if they are able, the person who is sick can clean their own space. Give them cleaning supplies, such as tissues, paper towels, cleaners, and EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • If you share a bathroom, the person who is sick should clean and disinfect after each use. If that’s not possible and the caretaker must do the cleaning and disinfecting, they should wait as long as possible first.

Food

  • When eating, the person who is sick should eat (or be fed) separately in their room if possible.
  • Wash dishes with soap and hot water or in a dishwasher. Wear gloves when washing or handling dishes and utensils.

Trash

  • Have a separate lined trash can for the person who is sick. Always wear gloves when handling garbage or garbage bags, and wash your hands afterward.

For professional COVID-19 cleaning services, contact PuroClean

If you seek to provide a healthier environment in your home during the pandemic, follow these coronavirus home cleaning tips or — look no further than PuroClean. As highly trained restoration professionals, PuroClean can provide a differentiation between deep cleaning and surface cleaning, complementing the efforts of a homeowner or business owner. Contact us now for residential or commercial coronavirus cleaning services.

Per the CDC, Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces are the recommended actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like coronavirus. Since any surface can be re-contaminated after cleaning, and because the coronavirus is also spread person-to-person, PuroClean’s services are not guaranteed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) for more information regarding coronavirus, its spread, and prevention.