How To Disinfect/Clean Safely During COVID-19 Pandemic
December 15, 2020
As we move into the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic here in the United States, you have probably heard a lot of conflicting views as scientific reports come in and the news media dissects it. Information quickly becomes outdated, and it can leave your head spinning. The most reliable sources of information include, of course, the World Health Organization internationally, the Center of Disease Control in the US, and the National Health Service in the UK.
You’ll want to keep up on the most up-to-date information as we continue through the winter. As the months get colder, most of us we will be forced inside (as if we haven’t been already), and this time, the windows will be closed allowing for less effective ventilation. This combination of factors will mean cleaning and disinfecting will be of utmost in importance in the prevention of outbreaks and stopping the spread if they start. Although the words cleaning and disinfecting are often used interchangeably, they don’t always mean the same thing.
The Difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting
Being clear on definitions is especially important in regards to a pandemic like the one we are experiencing now. Cleaning is the act of removing germs, dirt, and impurities on a surface while disinfecting is killing germs on contact. Regular soap and hot water is usually enough to get items clean. A special solution is required to fully disinfect items that cannot be washed.
The CDC recommends a combination of cleaning and disinfecting as often as possible to curb potential exposure to the virus. Many businesses have established hourly disinfection schedules. To reinforce these measures, they have also added, once or even twice, daily cleanings.
Use the Right Disinfectants/Tools
Hundreds, if not thousands, of fake or homemade products have been released since the onset of the virus, and many of these are not properly approved by the EPA. As well as disinfecting often, you’ll want to make sure your disinfectant is on this list or follows regulatory guidelines on what qualifies as a disinfectant. Do not use chemicals for off-label use. The solutions on this list are safe on surfaces but have not been tested on people.
Types of Surfaces
Most hard, non-porous surfaces can be cleaned with most disinfectants listed on the CDC’s website. Soft, porous surfaces that cannot be laundered are harder to disinfect because there are fewer options, but most clothing and bedding can be disinfected in the wash. Make sure to double check that the products you are using are effective for the surfaces on which you are using them.
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