Whether you call it coronavirus or COVID-19, it’s clear that the world is very aware of the implications of what the CDC has now declared to be a pandemic. Is there anything you can do to minimize the impact on your family? Actually, yes, and it might just come down to common sense. Today, we’ve compiled some tips on house cleaning for coronavirus to help you and your family stay safe.
First, the Facts
In case you thought coronavirus was a new thing, let’s put that idea to rest. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) points out that coronaviruses have been around for a while as a label of certain types of viruses. Just as we encounter new strains of flu every season, we also have new strains of coronavirus.
MERSA and SARS were other coronaviruses that you may remember. The latest is COVID-19, which we have recently been referring to as just coronavirus. Hence the confusion that this is a new thing. It’s not.
COVID-19, and other coronaviruses, can be spread between animals and humans and requires close contact, usually within 6 feet. Just as flu viruses remain on surfaces around your home, COVID-19 can live for hours or even days. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends house cleaning for coronavirus, followed by disinfection.
House Cleaning for Coronavirus
Since COVID-19 can live on surfaces in your home—potentially for days—the best way to keep your family safe is to keep your home clean. At Carnation Home Cleaning, we use professional products from EcoLab. Each member of our team is trained on best practices for house cleaning for coronavirus, including focusing on areas that need to be disinfected in addition to cleaned.
Unfortunately, a once-weekly house cleaning will not ward off COVID-19 altogether. When we cannot be in your home, there are things you can do to help minimize the impact of communicable diseases:
- Clean and disinfect the high-traffic, high-touch areas in your home daily, including door knobs, light switches, faucets, cabinets, mobile phones, and keyboards.
- When using disinfectants, be sure to follow the label directions. In some cases, they suggest allowing the liquid to remain on the surface for a few minutes before wiping off.
- Ditch the cotton cleaning cloths in favor of microfiber since cotton has been shown to cross-contaminate surfaces.
If someone in your family is experiencing flu-like symptoms, take extra precautions and clean all surfaces after they’ve touched them. This will help protect everyone in your home.
Carnation Home Cleaning Is Committed to Your Safety
As a company, and down to a person, Carnation Home Cleaning is committed to keeping you and your family safe and healthy through our cleaning process. But it’s not all about cleaning. There are other things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe during this time:
- Keep a personal safety bubble of more than 6 feet from others, which is the distance at which the CDC says the virus can spread through coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands frequently, using best practices.
- Be conscious of how often you touch your face. The CDC says most people touch their face 23 times an hour. As you are about to touch your face, stop or wash your hands—before and after.
- Avoid shaking hands or hugging others in greeting. A simple wave or bow of your head is just fine in this environment.
If you have questions about house cleaning for coronavirus, we’re here for you. We continue to be open and take on new customers while serving those who are already part of the Carnation Home Cleaning family. Please contact us with any of your concerns or to schedule your next home cleaning and disinfection.