Chem-Dry’s Best Practices for Keeping Yourself (and just about everything in your home) clean and virus-free.
Since there is not a vaccine for COVID-19, the best thing you can do is take every preventative measure possible to avoid getting sick. This includes avoiding large crowds and only going to the grocery store for essential items (while doing your best to limit the amount of trips you take to the store). The more you are in public, the more chances the novel coronavirus has to hitch a ride on you. Remember that a lot of people are vulnerable to this virus and putting yourself at risk also puts them at risk.
General Rules to Stay Safe
-Stay at home except for essential trips for groceries, etc
-Wear a cloth face mask in public (Here’s how to make a mask and the rules surrounding them)
-Stay at least 6 feet away from other people in public
-Again, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 sec (or use hand sanitizer if you’re unable to wash)
-Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Avoid touching your face
How To Keep Your Home Virus-Free
The first thing we want to touch on is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things. Here’s the difference:
-Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface
-Disinfecting is about killing pathogens
The CDC is recommending we do a mix of both, even if no one in your home is sick. From what we know, person-to-person transmission is at a great risk than transmission via surfaces. It’s important to clean and disinfect high-touch point surfaces just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way (in person or goods coming inside).
First Clean, Then Disinfect:
- First, clean the surface to remove any dust or debris. This can be done with soapy water (or cleaning spray) and a microfiber towel.
- Then apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with disinfecting wipes or spray.
Chem-Dry of Greensboro offers a sanitizing service that will take care of both of these steps with both high and low touch point areas (including carpet, tile, light switches, counters, etc). This sanitizing service includes sweeping or vacuuming any visible dirt or debris before applying our hospital-grade sanitizer. We use a combination of wiping, misting and spraying to apply the sanitizer based on what works best for each surface.
If you’d rather opt for doing it yourself, here’s a list of EPA approved disinfectants. If you are having a hard time finding disinfectants at the store, you can make your own with products you likely already have at home. In addition, laundering any items that can be thrown in the washing machine will disinfect your clothes. Be sure to disinfect the laundry hamper if you have a sick person at home.