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Your kitchen and bathroom are two of the rooms in the house that you almost certainly use every single day. Unfortunately, these two important spaces are also home to some of the germiest areas around, making them essential to sanitize even under the best of circumstances.
With everything going on now, it’s all the more important to sanitize these major household thoroughfares – to help protect yourself and your loved ones from the spread of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
If you’re looking to keep your family healthy in these uncertain times, it’s important to disinfect the touchpoints and surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom on a regular basis. As Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of communications for the American Cleaning Institute recently put it to HuffPost:
“With everybody working and studying from home right now, you’re going to need to clean the kitchen a couple of times a day. The good news is smart, targeted hygiene works.”
So, what spots should be on your must-clean checklist – and what steps can you take to make sure these important rooms are sanitary and ready for your whole family to use? Read on…
What Surfaces Should You Be Targeting In Your Kitchen and Bathrooms?
Your kitchen and bathroom can be major breeding grounds for germs, and are likely being used by almost every person in your household on a daily basis, making them easy places to accidentally pick up an infection through “community spread.” It’s particularly important to clean your kitchen and bathroom if you have someone in the house who is quarantining due to symptoms, but who needs to use a shared bathroom or pick up meals once per day.
Fortunately, most of the surfaces in these rooms are nonporous – making them fairly straightforward to clean and disinfect. While studies show that the virus may be able to live on nonporous surfaces for as much as a few days, these hard surfaces can be treated with some pretty straightforward steps. In addition, the porous surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen – such as towels, sponges, and mats – can usually be disinfected with a simple pass through the washing machine or a good, hot soaking.
Not sure where to get started? Here are some of the most important areas to disinfect in the…
- Faucets and handles
- Sink basin
- Cabinet hardware
- Towels and hand towels
- Bath mats
- Shower and bathtub
- Cabinet hardware
- Faucets and handles
- Sink basin
- Refrigerator handles and doors
- Light switch
- Dish towels
- Cutting boards
- Storage containers
How to Disinfect Your Surfaces the Right Way
Now that you have a checklist of areas to target, it’s important to take steps to make sure you’re thoroughly sanitizing your kitchen and bathroom the right way. Don’t let all your hard work be for nothing! Here are some important best practices for sanitizing these major home hotspots:
Clean, Then Disinfect
To make sure you’re really sanitizing your nonporous surfaces, be sure to clean, then disinfect. As the CDC has explained, cleaning is all about removing germs, dirt, and visible impurities from a surface; disinfecting is the process of using chemicals to kill germs and bacteria on surfaces. For best results, start by cleaning with soap and water and your favorite clean cloth, then disinfect with sanitary wipes or sprays.
Use Approved Disinfectants
Keep in mind that not all disinfectants are created equal. In order to be sure that you’re making a difference in the battle against COVID-19, be sure to stock up on disinfectants that have been proven to be effective against coronavirus. Fortunately, many household disinfectants should do the trick, including common bleach. You can find a great list of EPA-approved disinfectants here.
Leave Plenty of “Contact Time”
Many people are tempted to spray their disinfectant solution onto a surface, and then immediately wipe it off with a dry towel or rag. This dramatically lowers the effectiveness of the solution! Instead of immediately wiping off the surface, give the disinfectant plenty of “contact time” with the surface, and let it sit and air dry. If you’re using a store-bought disinfectant, you can look for manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging. If you’re using a homemade product or aren’t sure about timing, a good rule of thumb is to let the solution sit on the surface for several minutes, so that it has time to really work its magic.
Protect Your Skin and Eyes
When in doubt, cover up. If you’re using a particularly powerful disinfectant (such as bleach), be sure to bring plenty of fresh air into the space. Don’t be afraid to shield your eyes from splashback with goggles, and wear disposable gloves to minimize your contact with germy surfaces.
Don’t Forget to Sanitize Sponges, Towels, and Mats
In addition to wiping down all of your nonporous surfaces, be sure to make time to regularly sanitize and swap out the soft materials in your kitchen and bathroom, including towels, sponges, cloths, and floor mats. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before running towels, washcloths, and bathmats through the washing machine. You can sanitize most kitchen sponges by zapping them in the microwave or running them through a dishwasher set to the “disinfect” setting.
Wash Your Hands
Once you’re done, strip off your gloves and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Use soap and water and be sure to wash off for a count of 20 – that’s the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice through.
Ready to Take Care of Your Loved Ones? We Are Here for You
During these uncertain times, we’re all reminded of the importance of a clean and sanitary home. Sweeping Dimensions is here to help make things easier and give you back some well-deserved peace of mind — no matter what.
Our teams of professionally trained and uniformed cleaning experts have the care, knowledge, and attention to detail it takes to keep the most important people in your life safe, comfortable, and healthy.
Whether you’re looking for special one-time deep cleaning for your home or office; service for your short-term rental; or a regular housekeeping routine to keep your home looking and feeling its best, we are here to help. Our teams can bring all of the cleaning supplies necessary to sanitize your home or office, on a flexible schedule that works for you.
Curious about our approach? Want to talk more about our preferred disinfectants, and the investments we’re making to help our clients keep their most important spaces free from coronavirus and emerging pathogens?
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