While most of the world is on lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many homeowners and renters are wondering how to keep their home sanitary and as germ-free as possible.
Fortunately, there are many different ways to go about this. There are a variety of cleaning products that will accomplish this, which can be found on the EPA website here.
Once you’ve picked your cleaning product, it’s time to establish a routine. We recommend doing this on a daily basis, and have included some common places germs will linger.
How to Start disinfecting
We suggest working your way around each room one-at-a-time, counter-clockwise. We specifically suggest counter-clockwise because it is not usually how people search for items. Most people go from left to right, and thus their brain tends to “skip over” familiar objects. If you switch it up and go in the opposite direction, you will be paying closer attention to what is in front of you, and may hit spots you would otherwise miss.
As you’re moving through the room and wiping down/spraying EPA approved disinfecting chemicals, start from high to low and think about which surfaces and items you touch frequently. If you’re not sure, better to be safe and give it a wipe anyway.
Specific items and surfaces to disinfect
You want to get creative with this. Really walk through your routine and think about where you hands go. Here are some of the areas you want to prioritize:
- Light switches
- Door knobs
- Handles to cabinets
- Arm rests
- Strings or rods to open blinds
- Laptops and phones
- Refrigerator handles
- Oven door handle
- Microwave door
- Buttons on kitchen appliances
- Knobs that turn on your faucets and sinks
- Toilet flushing handles
- Toilet seats
- Table tops
- Fan strings
- Remote controls and video game controllers
- Musical instruments (be careful not to use corrosive chemicals)
- Any buttons on electronic devices
Tips and Tricks to disinfect thoroughly
If you want to be extra safe, go around the room a second time in the opposite direction from what you just did. You may catch things you miss the first time.
If you do this often, it will get easier to remember, and before you know it it’ll take you half the time to work your way around each room.
For the first few cleanings, consider making a list on your phone of all the items to look for. You can rely on this list for a while until your brain has absorbed the routine and it becomes second nature.
Of course, in addition to wiping down frequently touched surfaces, we recommend hiring a professional cleaning company to come weekly and do a full cleaning of your home.
Since most people are stuck in quarantine, it’s more important than ever to maintain a clean space. You will find your time at home will be significantly more enjoyable if you have a clean and organized space.
That’s all for today! Make sure to keep an eye on our blog for more cleaning tips through the quarantine.