If you’ve been scanning social media or watching the news lately, you’ve seen plenty of reports about coronavirus, more officially known as COVID-19, affecting people across the globe. While it’s important to remain calm and level-headed, it is also time to take precautionary steps that can help keep yourself and your family safe from not only coronavirus, but other yearly viruses and bugs — including influenza and the common cold.
What We’re Doing to Monitor the Virus
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we’re being extremely vigilant about staying informed on the virus, and taking proactive steps to help our staff prepare as they go out to help families keep their homes clean and sanitary.
We are providing ongoing education to our staff on the protective gear they should be wearing, including gloves and face masks. In addition to our standard white glove services, we are also emphasizing the importance of cleaning all touch points throughout every home or business we serve, including door knobs, door handles, cabinet handles and hardware, light switches, electronics equipment, tabletops, and counters.
While we will continue to focus on providing environmentally friendly materials for every cleaning, we are also emphasizing the importance of using bleach for all of our clients. Bleach is one of the most effective ways to kill household viruses on surfaces throughout your home or business. At the same time, we are committed to education, and will be available to offer advice and training to all of our residential and commercial clients, including what products to stock up on, and how to properly store and use cleaning agents like bleach (which has a shelf life of about six months).
What Can You Do At Home or Work?
Experts are reminding everyone not to panic — and to think about caring for your home or office in much the same way you would when a loved one gets sick. That means knowing the important symptoms and signs of the virus to look out for, and taking essential precautions to sanitize your space and step up your personal hygiene regimen.
Know the Symptoms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes the symptoms of coronavirus as including “fever, cough, and shortness of breath.” The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as fourteen days after exposure.
Like influenza and most other common viruses, coronavirus can pass through the air, or from contact with hard surfaces — which makes regularly cleaning all of your household or office’s touch points so, so important.
Finally, be mindful of whether or not you or someone close to you has traveled to a hotspot for the virus. At Sweeping Dimensions, we know that many of our customers love to travel. Calling us in to sanitize your home may be a powerful first step in keeping your family safe, while protecting your peace of mind.
Clean Your Household and Workspace
As NPR explains, taking some basic cleaning steps can help keep your environment sanitary and safe.
Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center, tells NPR that most household cleansers — such as bleach wipes or alcohol — should kill the virus that causes COVID-19. Even soap and water might help, due to the unique nature of the virus.
“If COVID-19 does start circulating in your community or there’s someone sick at home, plan on cleaning surfaces that get touched frequently — such as kitchen counters and bathroom faucets — several times a day, says Dr. Trish Perl, chief of the infectious disease division at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
That advice, she says, comes from studies on other diseases ‘where they’ve shown that if you do clean up the environment, you can actually decrease the amount of virus that is on hard surfaces significantly.’”
Take off your shoes as soon as you enter your home, and do laundry regularly, to avoid the risk of carrying virus particles on your clothing. Don’t forget to regularly wipe down inside your car; clean your toilet; and sanitize your smartphone.
Practice Personal Care
One of the most important ways to protect yourself from COVID-19, as well as common cold and flu, is to start with the personal basics.
Practice washing your hands frequently. Use alcohol-based hand gels or soap and hot water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds — or “about as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice,” according to NPR. Wash all over: across your palms, between your fingers, over your fingertips, on the backs of your hands, and up to your thumbs and wrists.
Taking even this simple step can “decrease the risk of transmission of these viruses anywhere from 30 to 50 percent,” explains Dr. Perl.
Meanwhile, try to avoid touching your face, nose, and eyes, as this is a common way that viruses can get into your system. Practice good respiratory etiquette by coughing into your elbow, rather than directly into the open air or your hand. Always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, and be sure to immediately throw away used tissues, which may carry virus particles with them.
We’re Here to Help
Whatever challenges or opportunities life brings to you, know that Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service is always here to help. We’re here to tackle the little things, so you and your loved ones can remain safe and secure, whatever life brings.
Here at SDCS, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful — and a lot more healthy.
If you’re looking for a team of cleaning experts to help prevent or rid your living spaces of leftover germs and viruses, Sweeping Dimensions has you covered. Our teams of professionally trained cleaners offer flexible time windows, unparalleled attention to detail, and can bring all of the cleaning supplies necessary to sanitize your home or office.
We can help take some of the pressure off, giving you back time to focus on what matters most. Have any questions? Ready to get started? Get in touch online today, or keep the conversation going on social media.