It seems like never before has sanitizing your home, workplace, and public spaces been more important. As anyone who recently started washing their hands for twenty seconds can tell you, things we used to think we clean enough to eat off of (or with), quite simply, aren’t.
The best way to ensure your home or office is fully sanitized is by hiring professionals. Simply put, the equipment and expert experience professionals bring with them in unmatched by the chemical compounds beneath your sink.
However, if you’re only looking to spot clean, or if you don’t have access to or can’t afford to hire a cleaning service such as Hoggatt Cleaning and Restoration, here are our tips for keeping your spaces as clean and sanitary as possible.
Identify the High Traffic Areas
While it is important to ensure every inch of your home or office is clean, some areas attract more germs than others. These are areas such as doorknobs, cooking spaces, keyboards, phones, toilets, faucet handles. Think about all the spaces you touch during the day. Those are the ones you need to be surest about.
These high traffic areas can and should be cleaned multiple times a day to ensure your space is as clean as possible. If this is not feasible, then cleaning products with longer evaporation times are recommended.
Clean and Disinfect
Proper sanitization requires two steps, cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning can be done with spray cleaner or a simple compound of soap and water. Disinfecting is a bit trickier. Best practice with most spray-on disinfectants is to allow the area to soak for a time before cleaning it, always ensuring proper ventilation and facial protection.
Additionally, bleach products can be used to disinfect surfaces, provided they are properly diluted with water. Again, proper ventilation is key when dealing with bleach.
Soft surfaces, such as carpet, couches, bedding, curtains, and drapes are much trickier to clean than hard surfaces. That’s because these surfaces are full of tiny pores and pockets where contaminates become trapped, and they can stay for a long time.
With many soft surfaces, the easiest and most effective treatment is going to be to launder the fabric on the highest possible heat setting, and dry again completely.
Obviously, it’s going to be difficult to launder your sofa or your carpet, so those items you should clean with soap and water or appropriate cleaning products.
Make sure you read the directions before you spray chemicals in your home.
While many people are focusing on the high traffic areas of the house (for good reason), it is also important to consider areas with less foot traffic. Basements and mudrooms and damp, shadowy corners of the house can act as veritable mold magnates.
Mold is a particularly nefarious kind of contamination because mold can lead to long term health problems, especially in the respiratory area.
If you see mold, we always recommend seeking the help of professional cleaners. This is important because often, mold starts in places you are not physically able to see, and you might miss big areas of it if you aren’t sure where to look. Additionally, mold removal can lead to exposure to harmful spores and chemicals, which is always best left to those with PPE.
If for some reason you find you MUST tackle the mold in your house yourself. Make sure you do your research so you know what chemicals work to kill mold and how to dispose of it safely.
The Spaces Between the Spaces
When is the last time you cleaned behind your fridge? Behind the oven? The grout in your shower or the underside of the kitchen table. Left unchecked, these areas can provide the perfect opening for unsanitary conditions in the house.
We recommend tackling one room at a time, cleaning it as completely as you possibly can. Think of every side of every surface, and don’t be afraid to move things around, you can always put it back when its done.
Don’t Forget About Your Electronics
Often, people forget that their electronics are some of the objects they touch the most. It is important to make sure these devices are as squeaky clean as possible.
While we don’t recommend spraying bleach on you iPhone, there are cleaning products you can purchase designed specifically for sensitive equipment such as your phone, computer, tablet, and other devices. This is going to be especially important if you have multiple people using the same devices.
One of the keys to maintaining a clean, healthy space is to not forget about the most important space of all. You.
Keeping your body clean and healthy during times of increased concern is going to be a big factor in your natural ability to defend yourselves from the dirt, grime, and germs that are looking for a new home.
We hope you’ve found this list helpful today and we want to remind you that now, more than ever, it’s important to make sure the spaces where you live and work are as clean and safe as they’ve ever been. We’re happy to provide our expertise should you feel like you need it, and we’re available whenever you need us. Stay safe!