The new coronavirus has swept the world and has put millions of people at risk. The scientific name of the virus is SARS-CoV-2, as it is similar to the 2003 coronavirus mutation called SARS. The respiratory disease it causes is called COVID-19, or ‘coronavirus disease 2019’. The outbreak began in Wuhan, China but has spread globally. As such, WHO declared it a pandemic on March 11.
What cleaning companies can and cannot do for you
At the moment, there is no vaccine to protect against or cure COVID-19. The virus spreads more frequently through human contact, but you can also get infected by touching contaminated surfaces. Just like with any viral respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19, cleaning followed by disinfection of the surfaces in your environment is the best measure you can take.
Even with meticulous disinfection, there is not enough scientific research on how to properly clean homes or businesses against Covid-19. During these horrific times, there are many cleaning companies preying on customers’ fear of the virus. At this time, no disinfecting service will protect you 100%.
Therefore, our experts at iFlooded Restoration do not offer cleaning services specifically against Covid-19. We do perform cleaning and disinfecting services in the 5 boroughs of NYC , Long Island & Westchester. Our goal is to inform people as to what are the best known methods to kill viruses, pathogens and bacteria and keep your home clean.
Using stronger chemicals is not a substitute for effective cleaning practices. Cleaning is a process, not a product, and must be performed before disinfection.
Through cleaning, you only remove the germs, dirt or other impurities from surfaces. By disinfecting a surface after cleaning it, you also kill the germs. CDC advises that you can clean and disinfect using household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants.
Tips for proper cleaning and disinfecting
Here are some steps you can take to keep your home clean by sanitizing and limiting the survival of the virus in your environment.
- First, clean the surface with detergent or soap and warm water to remove the dirt and other impurities.
- Use microfiber pads instead of regular cloth. Microfiber pads are more effective in picking up small particles, including the microbial size particles.
- When cleaning horizontal surfaces, use a spray and squeegee instead of wiping cloth. The Squeegee pulls up a lot more from the surface.
- Use disinfectant wipes to frequently sanitize items that you use very often, such as your mobile phone, doorknobs, cabinet handles, refrigerator doors, remote control, light switches, etc. You should clean the most used items every day, following the instructions on the labels.
- Use a disinfectant spray for surfaces that are more difficult to clean, like your couch or carpet. Do not wipe the cleaning solution right away. Let it sit long enough to kill the viruses first. Read the instructions on each label to find out how long it needs to stay on the surface before wiping it.
You can dilute ¼ cup of bleach per 1 gallon of cold water to make an effective disinfectant. Do not prepare too much of it, as its disinfecting ability fades with time. You should use it within 24 hours for best results. Bleach is very hard on the skin, so always wear protective gloves when using it.
Pure alcohol (100%) evaporates too quickly to kill the viruses. You should, therefore, dilute it with water to get a 70%-80% alcohol substance to kill many pathogens that cause diseases such as Covid-19.
- Hydrogen peroxide
Leave it on the surface for 1 minute before wiping to get the best results. You can use it as is, in a concentration of 3%, or diluted to 0.5%.
Most respiratory viruses last up to a few days on inanimate surfaces. According to CDC, the coronavirus can survive up to 9 days on dry surfaces.
What else can you do to protect yourself against COVID-19?
Given how fast the virus spreads from one person to another, the most useful thing you can do is to practice social distancing. According to CDC, these are the safety measures you need to keep in mind:
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Practice social distancing as a way to protect yourself and others
- Wash your hands often and correctly – with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol sanitizer to clean your hands in case you do not have soap at hand.
- Disinfect surfaces in your home using appropriate products. This is a list of products that meet the EPA criteria for use against viruses such as coronavirus. Keep your home clean as best as you can.
Most importantly, we encourage everyone to make responsible decisions in keeping yourselves, your loved ones and the entire community safe.