The coronavirus can stay on surfaces up to multiple days so, if possible, it’s best to give your property a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning to ensure a hygienic space. However, this can be difficult for people with busy schedules. Therefore, in order to best help lower the risk of contracting the coronavirus, frequently-touched surfaces should take precedence when deciding where to disinfect.
How to Properly DIY Disinfect
It’s important you follow certain tips when disinfecting your home to ensure maximum cleanliness while keeping yourself and others healthy. For example, when disinfecting, be sure to wear disposable gloves and throw them out after one use. Reusable gloves should be avoided as they can help harbor viruses. After removing your gloves, immediately wash your hands. Specific types of surfaces also require different types of cleaning so it’s important to know how safely and effectively clean each surface.
Hard surfaces such as light switches, door handles or sink faucets are one of the simpler types of surfaces to clean. Disinfecting wipes or sprays bought in supermarkets will work well for this purpose. However, a simple bleach disinfecting solution can also be made at home by using 1-part bleach and 9-parts room temperature water in a 1000 ml solution. Bleach can be dangerous to work with so it’s advised that you wear gloves and protective eye gear at all times. Bleach should also never be mixed with any other cleaning supplies such as ammonia. To clean hard surfaces:
If the surface is visibly dirty, first clean with detergent or soap
Apply disinfectant spray or wipes, ensuring at least 10 minutes of contact time
Be sure to wipe all corners and crevices
Soft surfaces such as carpets, rugs and upholstery require special cleaning products. Make sure that any cleaning products you buy can be used on these surfaces. You can gently apply disinfectants to soft surfaces with warm water and leave to dry. Some people also opt for professional carpet or upholstery cleaners in these situations.
Electronics like smartphones require special treatment to properly and safely disinfect:
First, remove all cables and accessories and turn off the device
Second, wring disinfectant wipes containing 70% isopropyl alcohol to ensure no excess liquid
Third, wipe down your device
Lastly, use a dry lint-free cloth to dry the device