The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic makes us continue to wait to see how everything evolves. What is currently happening due to the Coronavirus creates uncertainty for millions of families, but before thinking in the long term, it is better to think short, and this means thinking within the home. It is important to know how to properly disinfect the home to prevent infections due to carelessness.
This virus can survive up to six days on some surfaces and even nine days if the humidity conditions are suitable for its survival and the temperatures are low so that it can last longer by hooking to the surface of some place hoping to find a host to infect it. That means that in addition to following the usual precautions, it is necessary to know how to disinfect the home. We have to be well protected.
Disinfect the house
Your house must be clean and well disinfected, especially if some of the parents go out to work some hours a day. You have to start cleaning from the farthest area of the house to the door of it. It is also important to air your home well, keep the windows open for at least 10 minutes every morning.
Follow these steps to disinfect all parts of the house and avoid contagion :
- Disinfect the areas you touch the most such as doors, cabinets, switches, etc.
- Use the products you normally use to clean, but in this case it is important that you keep the cloths and rags clean continuously. If you don’t want to risk the virus being trapped in the cloth, you can use those that are disposable.
- The bathroom and kitchen have to be cleaner than usual, keep in mind that they are delicate areas.
Disinfect everyday objects
In addition to keeping the parts of the house very clean, it is necessary that the objects you use regularly are also well disinfected every day. This is so because there are everyday objects such as clothing, which can have high amounts of infectious agents.
We must be strict in personal hygiene, but also bear in mind that the surfaces with which we come into regular contact also are totally clean.
Keep in mind:
- The clothes. Never shake them before putting them in the washing machine because the virus could scatter. Ideally, wash clothes up to 60 degrees and let them dry in the sun or let them dry completely before picking them up again.
- Electronic devices. Devices must be turned off and unplugged before cleaning. The best way to clean them is to use a damp cloth with a solution of water and neutral soap, although if the surface allows it, you can use a disinfectant gel and spray it on the screen.
- Children’s objects. Children touch things a lot and some of them put them in their mouths. Even the smallest children have their pacifiers, teethers and other nearby objects that need to be disinfected more than usual with hot water and soap.
- The car. If you use the car usually to leave home it is important to sterilize the upholstery, filters and air conditioning ducts as much as possible. This will have to be done by a professional in the sector. To clean the rest of the interior car, you can use a damp cloth with neutral soap and a handheld vacuum cleaner.
Also remember that everyday objects such as house and car keys, glasses …you’ll also need to disinfect them with hot, soapy water and let them dry before using them again.