More About Disinfecting Your Home

Hammer and Mop shares more about disinfecting your home, the tools required, deep cleaning and why is it necessary to keep our homes so clean - for our health!

Disinfecting your home is generally necessary when someone in the house is sick or unwell, and needs to stay away from germs and harmful bacteria. A regular residence has ample opportunities to have undesirable elements, thanks to all the people who walk in and out, pets and even due to polluted air. Prevention is always better than cure. Some of the tools that you’ll need:

  • Disinfecting spray
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Bleach
  • Dishwasher

Quick Fixes: Getting a Hold on Handles

Some of the most common areas of finding germs are the doorknobs, faucets, levers, and appliance handles found in and around the house. This is because everyone touches these areas and bacteria is capable of living on them for about forty eight hours. Use the disinfecting spray on the surfaces of these hot-spot areas, preferably EPA approved, in order to kill influenza A virus and also the H1N1 flu strain. However, you must keep in mind that the area sprayed with the disinfectant must be clean of all visible dirt and gunk as the area needs to stay wet with the disinfectant for a period of time in order for it to work, and if it dries to quickly, then do a second spray as the germs are killed during the evaporation.

Quick Fixes: A Bed Check

Although plenty of rest helps in the recovery of sick patients, all the sneezing, coughs, and the cold causes germs to settle on the bed area. As a result of this, the bed sheets, pillows, bathroom towels, sofa covers, and other potentially infected areas need to be properly laundered. Use the anti-bacterial setting if your dryer has one, or else turn it up to the highest temperature setting. Ensure to wash your hands after touching any linen and to put the washing machine through a normal hot water cycle without clothes

Quick Fixes: Other Concerns

Certain things such as dishes don’t need to be separately and meticulously cleaned as they can just go through a regular cleaning with hot water and soap. Purchase a separate toothbrush for sick people as it can be disposed of later. The bigger concern, however, are the dirty tissues that may be lying around the house. These tissues must be properly disposed of and the bins must be sprayed with the disinfectant.

While professional deep cleaning might be a good option to sanitize your home every month, it is best you apply the suggested methods to keep your home cleaner on a daily basis. Let Hammer and Mop know in case of anything.

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