Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Cleaning Your Home
Every day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates the country on the latest information related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). And while it’s important to stay current with this news, it’s essential that you take the appropriate action in your own life to ensure your safety.
During this time, it’s critical that you take steps to maintain a clean home. Even though it may cost you some extra time and/or money, it’ll go a long way in keeping you and your family safe. Not to mention providing you with peace of mind.
At Clean It Up, we’re doing our part in helping residents in and around the Naples area maintain a clean home. We want to share some important information with you regarding COVID-19, prevention tips, cleaning techniques, and other subject matter.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
With each passing day, there is an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States.
One of the keys to stopping the disease is understanding how it spreads and then taking steps to prevent it.
Just the same as many respiratory viruses, such as the flu, COVID-19 spreads through tiny droplets released by an infected individual’s mouth or nose, such as when they cough or sneeze.
For context, published data studies suggest that a single sneeze can produce up to as many as 40,000 droplets. A cough has the potential to produce up to 3,000 droplets.
While most people are familiar with spread via coughing and sneezing, they overlook the fact that the virus can also travel in untraditional manners. For instance, if the virus is located on the floor, it can spread via the bottom of shoes.
Note: there is also evidence that the COVID-19 can spread through fecal matter, so it’s important to wash your hands after using or cleaning a restroom.
When it comes to prevention, the more proactive you are the better off you’ll be. There are specific steps you can take in your daily life to protect yourself and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
- Keep your home clean: If you leave your home, it’s possible that you could bring the virus back into your living space. And since it can live on some surfaces for up to three days, exposure is almost guaranteed. There’s never been a more important time to get serious about maintaining a clean, germ free home.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth: Even if you don’t realize it, your hands touch a variety of surfaces. Just think about what you touch when you leave one room and enter another. This can include but is not limited to door knobs, light switches, and stair rails. Once the virus is on your hands, it can easily enter your body if you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Just the same, if you have the virus, touching these body parts increases the risk of spreading it to others.
- Maintain a safe social distance: The phrase “social distancing” is an important one. It means maintaining a minimum of three feet of space between yourself and anyone else. If you’re too close, a cough or sneeze increases the risk of breathing in the droplets and contracting COVID-19.
All in all, you need to practice good personal and respiratory hygiene. There’s no such thing as going overboard. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
How to Clean Your Home
Here’s what we know: Coronavirus has the potential to live on some surfaces, such as stainless steel and plastic, for as long as three days. And that doesn’t even take into consideration the many hours it can live on other surfaces, such as floors, cardboard, and countertops.
With this in mind, it’s important to regularly clean your home. This is even more so the case when you leave your home and come back, and especially if you think you’ve been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus.
Here are some tips:
- Make sure you clean and disinfect all surfaces, not just those that you have touched
- Be sure to use a cleaner and disinfectant that is designed to kill the COVID-19 virus (this doesn’t hold true of all household cleaners)
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces a minimum of once per day
- Regularly clean and disinfect your floors, particularly after coming home from a public place
- Wear disposable gloves when cleaning your home
With all this in mind, you may have some concerns about how to properly clean your home. At Clean It Up, we know exactly what it takes to rid your home of COVID-19, so don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.