Many of us are using extra time at home to work on spring cleaning. However, this year’s spring cleaning checklist might look a little different than past years. The coronavirus pandemic has made homeowners look beyond traditional, basic cleaning tasks to more thorough sanitization chores. But, how can we best disinfect our homes during the COVID-19 outbreak? Are there certain guidelines for disinfecting that we should follow?
Here are a few helpful ideas for keeping your home safe and sanitized this spring:
Make Sure to Clean the Right Way
It’s easy to forget that cleaning and disinfecting aren’t the same thing. In fact, you actually need to clean an item or surface before you attempt to disinfect it. You can use basic soap and water, or you can use a general cleaner like you find at the store. After you’ve cleaned the area of any dirt or grime, you can then apply a disinfectant. When using disinfectants, it’s important to carefully follow the instructions on the bottle. You’ll usually need to let a disinfectant set for a period of time before wiping the solution away. Certain disinfectants and even general cleaners are also only meant for specific surfaces. Make sure that you’re using the right cleaning solution for the item that you’re cleaning.
To properly disinfect your home, you also want to be sure that you are using an EPA-registered disinfectant. These are disinfectants that have been approved by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to fight the new coronavirus. Not to worry, though; you likely already have some of these cleaners in your cabinets. They include brands like Clorox, Lysol, and Scrubbing Bubbles.
Cleaning wipes and disinfecting solutions are hard to find in stores these days. If you don’t have any of these products in your home right now, you can also make your own bleach solution for disinfecting. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you do this by mixing 5 tablespoons of unexpired bleach with a gallon of water. You should then leave this solution on the surface that you’re cleaning for at least one minute.
When using these products in your home, it’s important that you wear gloves and have adequate ventilation to protect yourself.
Focus on Frequently-Touched Surfaces
The CDC says that you should pay special attention to high-contact surfaces when you’re cleaning. High-contact surfaces include countertops, doorknobs, toilet handles, and light switches. Clean these items more than once each day. You should also regularly disinfect things like your cell phone or laptop. Use an electronics-safe cleaner for your tech devices (a Clorox wipe will work just fine) and don’t forget to take your phone out of its case for a thorough clean.
Check Your Shoes
If you do have to leave your home for work or to grocery shop, you might want to take a close look at your shoes when you return. Studies have shown that the coronavirus might be able to spread to homes and businesses through shoes. Leaving your shoes at the front door (try a shoe tray!) is a good idea to help keep germs out of your house. You should also safely wash your shoes according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Another tip? Regularly mop heavily trafficked areas, like your entryway, to keep your floors fresh.
Follow Your Real Estate Goals This Spring
There’s nothing like the feeling of a clean home. But, what if your home isn’t right for you? VSells & Associates works year round to serve homebuyers, homesellers, and real estate investors. Take a look at our current listings or contact us today to learn how our team can help you achieve your real estate goals.