I think nobody would guess that the virus that had been seen around a wholesale food market in Wuhan, China would change the World. The first human cases of SARS-CoV-2 has been reported in that region in December 2019. Then the virus spread uncontrollably and became a pandemic all over the world at the beginning of March 2020. Today every single person in the world knows the names Covid-19 or coronavirus.
The problem with the virus is there is still no cure for it. But luckily, the mortality rate is not that high (around %3-5 of infected patients). We say luckily because the number would be higher. Governments shot their borders, people were banned to go outside or encouraged to stay at their homes all around the world. A state of emergency that involves all over the world has been declared. People spent weeks, months in their homes. But unfortunately, the virus hasn’t been controlled yet. Scientists are working, but an effective cure may be possible in the next year.
So, the most effective way of fighting against the virus is following the protective measure strictly. If wearing a mask is the main and first step of these measures, the second is definitely cleaning or sanitation. So, how should we clean our homes against coronavirus? What are the effective methods of house cleaning? As Evkap Doors Company, an interior door manufacturer, our customer’s lives are the most valuable thing to us. So today, we prepared this informative post about what to consider about cleaning or sanitating our homes against the Covid-19 virus.
How Does the Coronavirus Spread?
In order to fight effectively, you have to know about your enemy. So you should know how the virus spreads to make a successful cleaning. The COVID-19 virus can only spread with direct contact with the virus. This contact is possible with the respiratory droplets that are released from sneezes or coughs of an infected person. It is possible to contact these droplets while they are in the air, or on the surfaces of objects. The virus can stand on the air for a couple of hours, and live on the surface of an object from hours to days.
So, we can understand that, to protect ourselves from the virus, we should pay attention to social distancing, wear masks and gloves, and keep all kinds of surfaces clean as much as possible.
How to Clean or Sanitize Our Houses
According to a suggestion of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA, a place that a coronavirus infected person stayed for some time should be isolated for at least 24 hours before cleaning and reusing. It is beneficial to wait maybe some more if you have sufficient time. Before beginning the rules, we should know the difference between cleaning and sanitation.
Cleaning is the act of wiping away the dust, germ, or dirt. But sanitation is to use chemicals in order to destroy or decrease the amount of germ or viruses. The best method to fight against the virus is first cleaning, then sanitizing your house.
So here are the rules that you should follow to prevent coronavirus;
1- Use Protection Equipment During Cleaning
You should use disposable equipment like a mask, cleaning coverall, and gloves. After the cleaning, you should throw them away and wash your hands.
2- Ventilate Your House Before Cleaning
CDC advises ventilation of the house completely before the cleaning. You should keep all the windows and doors open for a while.
3- Wash Your Hands Well Before Cleaning
Use highly protective soup or cleaners and water for washing. Or you can use hand sanitizers instead.
4- First Clean, Then Sanitize
Use detergent and water for cleaning dirt, stain, or dust. Then apply disinfectant on the surface and clean with a disposable paper towel.
5- Don’t Touch Your Face
Beware direct contacts to your face during the cleaning period. Especially to your eyes and nose.
6- Use the Right Disinfectant
It is believed that;
- general home disinfectants,
- reduced household type bleachers,
- cleaning solutions with 70% alcohol
are effective against the virus. You should pay attention to switches, interior doors, door handles, remote controllers, faucets, and other places thatintensely used.
7- Prefer the Highest Temperature
Prefer the highest temperature on the washing machine in order to wash the textile goods like sheets, curtains, and towels. This will help the cleaners to kill the virus.
8- Clean the Vacuum Cleaner
After every cleaning, clean your vacuum cleaner completely. Otherwise, the virus would live in it.
These are the most important cleaning tips for houses against coronavirus. It is very important not to give any harm to your stuff or interior doors during this cleaning period. You can always contact us and learn about how to clean your doors against coronavirus.
We know that these hard days will soon end. Until then, pay attention and protect yourself by taking some easy measures. So stay safe, and keep following us from your houses.