If you come out of your self-isolation after a trip abroad or after you have recovered from the corona virus at home, the last thing you want to pass on to others is.
Cleaning your house from top to bottom with a disinfectant will help keep the virus from sticking to everything you’ve touched and from infecting family, visitors or roommates.
According to health guidelines, it is also very important to clean surfaces regularly before insulation is over, and it is a good idea even if you are not quarantined.
An Australian health service document handed over to hospitals and coronavirus patients describes how to keep your home safe.
Cleaning your house from top to bottom with a disinfectant ensures that the coronavirus does not stick to everything you touched and infects family, visitors or roommates
Clean and disinfect
Killing the germs that cause coronavirus must be cleaned and then disinfected in a two-step process using strong but readily available chemicals.
Organic matter can inactivate many disinfectants. Cleaning reduces the load on the soil, which allows the disinfectant to work, ‘reads the health department guide.
How long the virus survives on a surface depends on how it got there. Just touching a surface won’t transfer much, but drops from coughing can.
This varies depending on the surface type, air temperature and humidity and how long the drop remains wet and active.
“It is unlikely that coronaviruses will survive long if the drops produced by coughing or sneezing dry out,” the department wrote.
Use a soapy sponge or cloth to clean the surface before applying the disinfectant afterwards when it is thoroughly clean.
Leave the sanitizer on for about 30 seconds after application and then wipe it off with a clean cloth.
Wash your hands regularly during the cleaning process to ensure that you do not transmit the virus to areas that have already been cleaned.
Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, bed rails, table tops and light switches should be cleaned regularly, even daily, during your insulation
What to clean and when to do it
Many touched surfaces such as door handles, bed rails, table tops and light switches should be cleaned regularly, even daily, during your insulation.
A standard cleaning solution can be used for this, but be sure to use one designed for the specific surface you are cleaning.
Stronger detergents should be used if contamination is more likely, for example if you are a probable or confirmed case and not just an international arrival.
Detergent-impregnated wipes can be used, but should not be used as a substitute for first physical surface cleaning.
Sinks and sinks, although not often touched, should also be cleaned regularly due to contact with food.
Rarely touched surfaces such as floors, ceilings, walls and blinds can be cleaned with the same detergents, only less often.
Mopping floors should be done with water and dish soap as dry mopping may not be enough. Walls and blinds should be cleaned when they are visibly dusty or dirty.
Curtains should be replaced and cleaned regularly if they are dirty.
Don’t forget the obvious areas like your cabinets, kettle, coffee maker and other appliances that need cleaning every few days.
Wash your hands regularly during the cleaning process to ensure that you do not transmit the virus to areas that have already been cleaned
Don’t forget your car
You may have used your car to get home from the airport or drove it before you knew you might have been infected.
It is very important to clean it thoroughly according to the same principles as cleaning your house before you or anyone else uses it again.
Use cleaning products and disinfectants designed for the different parts of the car: plastic, vinyl and upholstery.
It is a good idea to get the car professionally detailed, if such services are still open, but let them know your situation so they can take precautions.
How to prepare stronger disinfectant
If you are a confirmed coronavirus case and you clean after recovering, it is recommended that you use a stronger disinfectant.
Household bleach is sufficient and must be mixed with water in a bucket to achieve a solution of 1,000 parts per million.
Be sure to use gloves, a mask, and eye protection when mixing the solution in case it splatters, and wash your hands before and after.
Only use bleach on hard surfaces other than metal as others can be damaged by the bleach and leave it on for 10 minutes before wiping.
Household bleach is sufficient and must be mixed with water in a bucket to achieve a solution of 1,000 parts per million, according to these directions
If you clean someone else’s house while they are sick, or if they visited your house before they realized they needed to isolate themselves, you need to protect yourself.
“The risk in cleaning is not the same as the risk of coming face to face with a sick person who may be coughing or sneezing,” the health department wrote.
However, you should still wear a mask, gloves, and eye protection – primarily to avoid accidentally touching your face while cleaning.
Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before putting on and removing gloves and masks.
“If there is visible contamination with airway or other bodily fluids, cleaners should wear a full-length, disposable dress in addition to the surgical mask, eye protection, and gloves.”
When finished, discard the equipment in a bag, along with the sponges and cloths used for cleaning.
If you clean someone else’s house while they are sick, or if they visited your house before they realized they had to isolate themselves, protect yourself with a mask and gloves
Put your sponges in the dishwasher
Cleaning company Molly Maid advises that if you want to use sponges in the next cleaning, you should make sure that the germs are dead.
“The Global Hygiene Council found that an average of 19.6 billion bacteria live in the kitchen sponges in homes,” he said.
Just throw the sponge in the dishwasher or washing machine, or give it a scrub with hot soapy water yourself.
You can also microwave it for a minute or two – and while you’re at it, do other sponges or cloths you use regularly, like bathroom sponges.
“Another tip is to use microfibre cloths, because they are easy and quick to wash.”
Run your washing machine without anything in it
All underwear, towels and household linen should be washed at 60 ° C or 40 ° C with a bleach-based or organic laundry product.
If the washing machine is drained once a week, at a high temperature or with a chemical disinfectant, the bacteria will not accumulate inside.
Do not try to leave wet laundry in the machine, this only promotes the growth of germs.