These days, knowing how to clean and disinfect your home the right way is very important. Here’s how to behave in this period of isolation to reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection.
As we already know, COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person in case of close contact. Transmission occurs through breathing droplets from the mouth or nose of an infected person.
At the same time, droplets can fall onto surfaces and objects, with a certain risk of infection. In these cases , if a healthy person comes into contact with the virus and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth they can get sick. Adequate cleaning of the rooms is therefore important.
How to clean and disinfect the house?
Cleaning and disinfecting the house aims to limit the survival of viruses that may have been brought inside. IIS (National Institute of Health) and CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offer us some guidelines that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 but also other types of infection.
In general, proper cleaning of domestic environments is synonymous with well-being. It allows you to remove germs, dirt and all kinds of impurities that can facilitate the transmission of diseases. Combined with the action of disinfection products, it helps to kill germs present on surfaces.
Normal cleaning and disinfection
During the day we continuously come into contact with certain surfaces in the house: the table, the door handle, the light switches, the faucet, the stove knob, etc. It is therefore important that they are disinfected. A superficial cleaning, at this moment, is not enough.
In this regard, the CDC recommends using home hygiene and disinfection products approved by the EPA, the United States Federal Government Agency for Environmental Protection. The first thing to do is to take a few minutes to read the information on the package. This is important for proper use of the product.
Persons in fiduciary and family isolation
In the event of fiduciary and home isolation (for example for suspected or confirmed Covid-19 infection) a more rigorous cleaning is recommended.
In addition to keeping the sick person isolated in a specific room, the following instructions should be followed :
- Clean and disinfect surfaces you come into contact with continuously or daily, such as those mentioned in the previous paragraph.
- Frequently wash the bathroom and personal items of all family members, especially those of the sick person: towels, sheets, clothes.
- If there is only one bathroom in the house, it must be disinfected after each use.
Additional tips for cleaning and disinfecting the house
There are other preventive measures to put into practice when cleaning and disinfecting the house. They must be applied both in case of suspected disease and in confirmed cases, not only now that we are afraid of the Coronavirus, but in any situation that poses a risk of infection.
- Use disposable gloves to clean and disinfect surfaces. At the end they must be thrown away.
- Once the gloves have been removed, you need to wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- To clean some types of surfaces we can use a household disinfectant or a solution with 0.5% sodium hypochlorite or 75% ethyl alcohol, but following the instructions for use and ventilation.
- All soft or porous surfaces, such as rugs or carpets, must be cleaned regularly with the appropriate detergents. Besides that, it is convenient to wash them with hot water.
- Gloves are also a must when handling the dirty clothing of a sick person. The clothes should not be shaken and, if possible, they should be washed in the washing machine at 60-90 degrees with a normal detergent.
Finally, it is good to remember the importance of washing your hands well. Washing them with soap and water, several times a day, is essential to reduce the risk of infection and spread of the virus, even more so if there is a sick person in the house.
Hand washing should also be done after touching pets, before cooking, before eating, after going to the bathroom, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.