Kahl Consultants How to Disinfect your House During the Pandemic


There's a Difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting

Many of us are now working from home. While the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person, here's how to keep homes and home offices free of germs if you have a lot of visitors.

Cleaning is removing germs and dirt from a surface, but it does not kill them. Disinfecting actually kills the germs and stops them from spreading.
Wear reusable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting to protect your hands. You can get contact dermatitis with frequent exposure to chemicals.

Steps to disinfect your home and office:

  1. Clean surfaces with soap and water
  2. Use different cleaning cloths for each area of your house to avoid cross-contamination.
  3. Use a recommended disinfectant to kill germs left behind after cleaning.
  4. You can also use unexpired bleach, just follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Store cleaning and disinfecting products away from flames, hot surfaces and any kids and pets.

Bonus tip: Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly:

  • tables
  • doorknobs
  • light switches
  • countertops
  • toilets
  • faucet
  • mobile phones
  • PC / laptops

Don't forget to wash your hands! If you have a COVID patient at home, here are tips from the CDC.

How long does the virus survive on a surface? A few hours to a few days. Depends on the type of surface.

And finally a little good news. Surfaces are not an effective means of viral transmission. Yes, there is a very small chance COVID-19 is transmitted when you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your face, nose or mouth or eyes. However, surfaces are not the main way the virus spreads. There’s a long chain of events that would need to happen to get infected through contact with any surfaces. The best way to make sure the chain is broken is... WASH YOUR HANDS!

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