Follow These Steps To Properly Disinfect Your Home
– Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water prior to donning gloves and protective gear.
– Wear disposable gloves and any other personal protective equipment you use when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
– Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning and be sure to wash hands immediately after you remove them.
– Surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
– Gloves should be worn at all times when handling dirty laundry.
– If gloves are not available, hands should be washed immediately afterwards.
– Try not to shake dirty laundry as this could potentially disperse the virus into the air.
– Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (i.e. tables, doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, handles, desks, toilets, faucets and sink basins)
– Also clean all high touch surfaces after transitions or usage (i.e. putting away groceries, having company over, etc.)
– When disinfecting a surface, don’t be afraid to use a little elbow grease! The measure of force also contributes to the quality of clean.
– Leave the surface wet with disinfectant for as long as the product instructions recommend. This is a critical step that people often miss. Don’t make the mistake of quickly wiping away all the valuable disinfecting power in one fell swipe! Let it lie, then dry and polish as needed.
Avoid Cross Contamination With A Vigilant Post-Cleaning Routine
– Promptly wash clothes after cleaning, especially if soiled. If possible wash your clothes on the highest temperature setting allowed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and/or use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces.
– Immediately dispose of all potentially infectious waste in a household waste receptacle.
– If you used protective gear that is reusable while cleaning, clean and disinfect items which have touched contaminated (pre-cleaning) areas. After cleaning, dispose of or clean and store protective gear as directed, then wash hands thoroughly.
– If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, be sure to wash hands afterwards.