There has been some confusion over exactly how the Coronavirus virus spreads. At first, we thought that it was only spread through contact, touching contaminated surfaces. Without proper Covid-19 Disinfection, we might touch a contaminated surface with our hands, and then touch our faces. That is how most people get infected – by touching their noses, mouths, or eyes, with infected hands.

We now know that the virus that causes Covid-19 spreads through droplets in the air as well. Infected people sneeze; talk, or cough and they release respiratory droplets that spread the virus to other people close to them. This is why masks are necessary for everyone in addition to Coronavirus disinfection, especially in public.

While most people who contact the virus are likely to survive without any major interventions, we do need to use Covid-19 Disinfection to protect ourselves to avoid spreading the virus to other people who may be more vulnerable.

How Long will Coronavirus Survive in my House?

Soaps, hand sanitizers, alcohol solutions, cleaners, and bleach cannot kill viruses inside your body. They can be useful for Coronavirus disinfection against Covid-19, helping to prevent new infections. Use them safely and correctly.

Keeping a clean and disinfected home will help to protect you and your loved ones from the virus.

Experts are not yet completely sure just how long the Coronavirus can live on surfaces, but it has been seen to survive for as long as several days on a surface.

What should I Use to Clean and how?

Soap and hand sanitizer is essential for hand washing.

Invest in cloth masks to wear when you go out or in case you ever develop symptoms like coughing, fever, etc. Invest in disposable gloves for use when cleaning.

Laundry detergent for laundry cleaning.

Bleach for disinfection.

A bleach solution can work as a substitute for a Covid-19 Disinfection spray.

Combine 1/3 of a cup or 5 tablespoons with a gallon of water.

Or combine one quart of water with 4 teaspoons of bleach.

A 70% alcohol solution will work as well for Coronavirus Disinfecting.

Beware of Myths

There is a lot of misinformation going around about disinfection against Covid-19. While alcohol solutions and bleach are excellent for disinfecting surfaces, they should not be applied on your body because they won’t kill viruses inside your body.

UV lamps are not the right tools for Covid-19 Disinfection your hands or any part of your skin. They can irritate your skin instead. Soap and water do a better job.

High Touch Surfaces

All the surfaces in your home deserve attention, but during this Covid-19 pandemic, there are some surfaces that should be a priority.

‘High touch surfaces’ are more frequently touched, as the name suggests. They are therefore more likely to be contaminated with the Coronavirus and must get extra attention.

A cloth and a solution of soap and water is what you need to clean high touch surfaces.

Here are some High Touch Surfaces:

  • Tables
  • Light switches
  • Handles
  • Phones
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Door knobs
  • Countertops
  • Desks
  • Keyboards, and
  • Taps among others

To disinfect high touch surfaces, use a household disinfectant as a Covid-19 Disinfection Spray to wipe down the area. Read the instructions on the label to see that you disinfect effectively and safely.

A bleach solution can work for disinfection against Covid-19 if you don’t have a household disinfectant. Don’t use bleach that is safe for coloured clothes. Read the label to confirm that the bleach is suitable for disinfection. Any household bleach which is meant for Coronavirus disinfection and is not expired is sufficient. Mixing household bleach with other cleansers like ammonia might not be safe. It works best if left on the surface for at least a minute.

Cleaning Soft Surfaces

Soft surfaces like carpets, drapes, and floors can also be contaminated by the Covid-19 virus and should also be cleaned daily.

Use soap and water or appropriate cleaners to wipe them down. Use a household disinfectant to clean them alternatively.

Launder them using the warmest temperature setting that is appropriate and dry them completely.

Handling Electronics

Household Electronics like touch screens, tablets, phones, remote controls, ad keyboards need to be cleaned more carefully to prevent damaging them with water.

Consider ordering wipeable covers for electronics so that you can easily clean them safely. If not, use an alcohol based wipe to wipe them down. The manufacturer’s manual should provide a useful guide for this.

Laundry

Use the warmest setting possible (without damaging the fabric) when washing clothes. Wear disposable gloves whenever you handle dirty laundry. There is no need to wash a sick person’s laundry separately. Normal laundry detergent is good enough for Coronavirus disinfecting.

Never shake dirty laundry because it might be contaminated. Handle the laundry gently. After you are done with the laundry, clean the clothes hampers and disinfect them. Remove your gloves and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after doing the laundry.

Hand washing

Hand washing with soap and water is necessary even when you are at home. Take your time when washing your hands, count 20 seconds while washing to ensure that your hands are clean enough.

Use soap and running water to wash your hands. A hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) can do in place of soap and water.

Here is when to wash your hands:

  • Immediately you take off your gloves
  • After contact with a sick or infected person
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
  • Before cooking or eating
  • After touching animals
  • Before and after caring for children

Bedroom and Bathroom

If you have multiple bathrooms in the home, allow the Covid-19 infected person to have one all to themselves. If they are well enough to do their own Coronavirus disinfecting, provide them with the cleaning supplies like tissue paper, towels, soap, and cleaning solutions. IF not, clean only when needed to limit contact.

If the patient is not strong enough, consider you might have to order expert help in the way of Coronavirus Disinfecting services.

Disinfect a shared bathroom after every use, but wait as long as you can after use to limit chances of infection.

Dining and Dishes

Because Covid-19 is airborne, an infected person should probably eat in their own room. Wash their dishes and utensils with hot water and soap, and wear gloves while handling them.  After you remove your gloves or handling any other used item, wash your hands thoroughly. Let them eat

Handling Trash

If you are caring for a person who is infected with Covid-19, invest in a dedicated garbage bin for them and line it with a garbage bag. Wear disposable gloves every time you are handling the trash or removing the garbage bags and wash your hands afterwards.

What is the difference between Cleaning and Disinfection?

Now that we are facing a pandemic like the Covid-19, cleaning your home is not enough. You must disinfect it or sanitize it.

When you clean, you are removing contaminants, but when you disinfect, you are killing pathogens. This means that disinfection kills disease causing organisms like the Coronavirus.

Clean and disinfect your home on a daily basis, or whenever anyone (or anything) comes or goes. This should be a standard practice even when no one is sick.

In conclusion, cleaning surfaces – or, more accurately, sanitizing them – achieves two important purposes: it helps protect everyone in the household from contracting Covid-19 and also keeps infected people from spreading to other people in the household. This makes it useful to everyone, whether infected or not.