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How to Disinfect Your Home this Covid-19 Season

Research shows that the coronavirus can live on a surface for days. With the high possibility of transferring the virus through surfaces that a Covid-19 positive person has touched, we must know how to disinfect surfaces and objects in our home.

When do you need to disinfect your home?

Disinfection, by definition, kills viruses and bacterias on a surface or object. Disinfecting differs from sanitizing as sanitization only minimizes the microbial population to a safe level. 

You have to disinfect when:

  • someone in your home tests positive for Covid
  • a household member is a suspect case
  • a person enters your home from somewhere with a high risk of infection 
  • you’ve welcomed visitors or family with unknown health conditions into your home

If everyone in your household has been staying at home with no known diseases, you don’t need to carry out disinfection. You only need to maintain daily cleaning.

What to do when a household member has Covid-19?

After receiving the diagnosis, you can get a professional service to carry out the disinfection. Additionally, you can notify the local’s center of disease control. If you’re disinfecting your home yourself, you must first

  • isolate the sick individual,
  • block of all access to the area, and
  • begin disinfecting after 24 hours.

Disinfecting after 24 hours will minimize the cleaner’s risk to the virus. No one can enter the home within this time until proper disinfection is complete. 

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How to disinfect surfaces and objects in your home?

The following is a step-by-step guide to disinfecting your home: 
  1. Follow the directions on the manufacturer’s label 
  2. Clean any visible dirt from the surface with soap or detergent before disinfecting 
  3. Use a disinfectant product that is effective against Covid-19:
    • diluted household bleach solutions (1/3 cup of unscented household bleach per one gallon of water),
    • alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, 
    • any household disinfectant approved by EPA
  4. Allow the disinfectant to remain on the surface for the recommended time
  5. Wear disposable gloves, mask, and glasses to protect yourself from accidental splashes and inhaling
  6. Wash your hand with soap and water for at least 20 minutes when done 
  7. Throw away used disposable PPEs and wipes, and seal the trash
  8. Open up the windows, fan, etc. to allow for adequate ventilation 
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How to disinfect other types of surfaces?

Upholstery 

  • Clean carpet, sofa, curtain, etc. with soap and water or a cleaner specific for these surfaces 
  • Wash the fabric in the washing machine if possible at the highest temperature according to the label 
  • Use a disinfectant for soft surfaces if needed 
  • Vacuum as usual

Laundry

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty clothes, or wash your hand with soap after touching them. 
  • Do not shake dirty laundry. Shaking the clothes will allow any harmful particles to disperse in the air. 
  • Wash the clothes according to the manufacturer’s direction at the highest possible temperature. You can mix clothes worn by a sick person with other fabrics. 
  • Clean and disinfect the laundry hamper. 
  • Electronics 
    • Wipe with disinfectant wipes 
    • Dispose of used wipes

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