Protecting you and your family's health are a great priority, especially as new viruses are spreading around the world. You can follow some regular prevention steps that are simple and only take a few minutes each day. Here are some recommendations for home cleaning that will help to protect you from COVID-19 and other bacteria and viruses.
Clean Surfaces Within Your Home
Although you may not be able to control the cleanliness of surfaces outside of your home, you can take steps to make your home interior as clean as possible. It is recommended to clean surfaces in your home on a daily basis that are touched a great deal. These high-touch surfaces include door knobs, light switches, cabinet doors and handle pulls, sink faucet knobs, toilets, landline phones, and your cell phone. When you keep these surfaces clean with daily cleaning and disinfecting, you will greatly reduce the chances of harboring and spreading a virus or bacteria in your home.
Clean high-touch surfaces to remove as many germs as possible, then follow up by disinfecting them to kill any remaining germs. To clean surfaces you can use a mixture of detergent or soap and water and a cleaning cloth. Then, to disinfect you can use any available disinfecting wipes or sprays, or you can make your own with bleach and water or a 70 percent alcohol solution.
To make a bleach mixture, add five tablespoons of bleach to one gallon of water. Wipe this over surfaces and allow it to air dry. Use the same process with a 70 percent alcohol solution. You can also hire a professional cleaning service to provide and use their own appropriate cleaning and disinfecting products, especially when it can be so difficult to find them available in stores.
Hire Professional Cleaning Services
In addition to cleaning your home with everyday practices, you can boost the interior health of your home by hiring professional cleaning services. Professional cleaning services, such as carpet steam cleaning will deep clean your home's carpets and rugs and can also be used to clean your upholstered furniture.
The carpets in your home can collect and harbor allergens and toxins from outside of your home that you track in through your shoes, which regular vacuuming does not fully remove. Professional carpet cleaning uses a high temperature steam cleaning process that lifts up and removes dirt, dust, allergens, and pet dander, as well as kills virus and bacteria inside your carpets that can grow and sicken your family.
And as a benefit of using steam cleaning for your carpets, your carpets are dry much faster than if you were to rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself. A DIY carpet cleaning machine uses water that is difficult to remove fully from your carpets, allowing viruses and bacteria to grow in addition to a potential for mold and mildew within the fibers and the padding.
Talk to your cleaning professional about arranging to steam clean your carpets and boost your home's interior cleanliness.