Making your home or business sparkly clean has always been a part of your to-do list. However, keeping these spaces clean has become a main concern, and consequently a top priority. More than ever, knowing which cleaners are best for disinfecting, and the best cleaning practices for different surfaces is essential for a true disinfecting as well as the preservation of those surfaces.
Know your surfaces
Your cleaning habits should change slightly depending on the surface you’re cleaning:
For soft surfaces, such as carpet floor, rugs, and drapes, use soap and water or other appropriate cleaners to first remove the dust. When moving to disinfect, use products recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)! Don’t worry; we got a bonus tip coming for that!
For electronics, a good trick is to have a wipeable cover. Use alcohol-based sprays or wipes with at least 70% alcohol.
On hard (non-porous) surfaces, you can remove the dirt by using water and soap. After, you can disinfect it with bleach or other disinfectants, but take the time to read the labels and properly dilute your solutions before applying them. After disinfecting, make sure to allow the area to dry thoroughly before touching the surface.
If you are overwhelmed by cleaning these items by yourself, you can always call the R&S team for a deep and lasting clean.
Yes, bleach can be a disinfecting miracle, if used right
First, read the instructions and use only the recommended amount. Check the bleach’s label to ensure that it has a sodium hypochlorite concentration between 5-6%, and always wear gloves. Remember, never mix bleach with any other product except for water and laundry detergent. Mixing bleach with other substances, such as ammonia, can cause the release of a toxic gas called chloramine, which, if inhaled, can generate acid in your lungs, causing pain and severe respiratory problems. Because of this, when cleaning with bleach, always keep the room ventilated.
Make it shine, but follow good practices
First, it is important to wear gloves, especially when using strong disinfectants to combat common viruses. In your homes and businesses alike, pay special attention to cleaning surfaces and objects that are used frequently, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keypads, toilets, etc. These must be cleaned regularly.
Bonus tip: Best disinfectants against coronavirus according to EPA:
- Best Bleach: Clorox Disinfecting Bleach
- Best Multipurpose Cleaner: Lysol Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Best Toilet Cleaner: Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach
- Best for Pets: Clorox Pet Solutions Stain & Odor Remover
Taking care of your house and following good cleaning practices can be tough, but the experts and R&S are here to help, no matter what your cleaning goals. Give us a call today to schedule your cleaning/disinfecting service!