Many of us are still worried about covid. Whether someone in the house has been ill, or you’re preparing to invite more vulnerable relatives or friends back into your home, you might want to give your house a deep clean, designed to keep you all safe from Covid. Here are a few home-cleaning hacks to put your mind at rest.
Deep Clean Regularly
When you’re cleaning your home, you can use an ordinary household cleaner that contains soap or detergent. These cleaners will reduce the number of germs left on surfaces, which reduces the risk of infection.
In most cases, a good clean is enough to remove most of the virus particles from surfaces in your home. Full disinfection is probably not needed unless someone in the house is sick, or someone with a positive Covid test has been in the house.
If you work in the medical feed, you might need to be more thorough. You could also try some medical cleaning tools. Look into Olympia Lighting’s guide to how UVC germicidal LED disinfection lamps work.
When and How to Deep Clean Surfaces
Make sure you deep clean the surfaces that get touched the most on a very regular basis. Daily could be a good idea. These high-touch surfaces include doorknobs, cabinet handles, light switches, tables, and countertops.
Other surfaces in your home can be cleaned as needed or when they are visibility dirty. You might want to deep clean them more frequently if anyone in your household is more likely to be very sick with Covid, such as if anyone is asthmatic.
You might also feel better if you disinfect surfaces too. Clean your surfaces with a product that is suitable for each surface, and always follow the instructions.
Reduce Contamination of Surfaces
Take some steps to limit how contaminated your surfaces can be from airborne particles or from surfaces being touched with contaminated hands,
For example, you might want to ask visitors who have not been vaccinated to wear masks when they come into your house. To be safe, have a box of disposable KN95 face masks ready by the front door, so you can hand them to guests as they enter. Isolate anyone who has become sick with Covid-19.
Make sure everyone in the house washes their hands often, especially if they have been doing anything outside.
Deep Cleaning When Someone Is Sick
When someone is sick or positive for Covid, you should disinfect as well as clean. This kills more germs and reduces their spread.
Always follow the instructions on the label, and keep disinfectants well away from kids or pets.
Clean visibility dirty surfaces with normal household cleaners that contain soap or detergent before you disinfect if the disinfectant doesn’t have a cleaning agent in it.
Check the label carefully to see if the product is suitable for what you need. Products containing bleach are often the most effective for disinfecting.
When you’re doing this cleaning, make sure you wear gloves. Gloves protect you from germs and from the cleaning products themselves.
Make sure you are wearing chemical-resistant nitrile gloves to ensure proper protection from both germs and harsh cleaning products. Other protective equipment like eye protection might also be needed, based on the products you’re using and what the risk of splashing is.