During the pandemic, it is important for homeowners and apartment tenants to take every precaution to keep themselves, roommates, families, and neighbors safe. It has been highly recommended by the CDC and other health organizations that regular disinfection and cleaning can limit the spread of coronavirus. Because coronavirus can spread through contact, wiping down commonly touched surfaces is a practical way to limit the potential spread of the virus.
The CDC has listed a variety of recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting households, apartments, and living spaces. The CDC also notes the difference between cleaning and disinfecting a surface. Cleaning refers to the process of removing germs, bacteria, and debris from a surface by using soap, water, or other cleaning products. This method does not destroy germs or kill bacteria, but instead just moves them off of the surface and is an effective method for preventing the spread of diseases. Disinfecting on the other hand refers to using chemical cleaners specifically designed to kill bacteria and destroy viruses. The CDC recommends doing both by cleaning areas first and then disinfecting them using EPA registered cleaning products. With that in mind, here are a few ways to keep your home or living space effectively cleaned and disinfected as we continue through 2020.
Throughout your home, there are a few areas you should be cleaning often. Just as the CDC has recommended increasing how often we wash our hands (specifically washing before we leave our homes and after we return), the CDC also recommends cleaning commonly touched surfaces. This includes the following:
If you live with multiple people and you or your roommates frequently leave home, cleaning, and disinfecting these surfaces can lower the risk of viral transmission.
If you share a bathroom you should disinfect and clean it regularly. Key areas include cleaning sink, shower, and toilet handles, as well as the countertops and toilet area. It is recommended that toothbrushes are stored separately from each other, instead of in a single toothbrush holder where different people’s toothbrushes could touch. If anyone in your home is ill, the bathroom should be cleaned after anyone ill uses it. If you have multiple bathrooms and someone in your home is exhibiting symptoms it is recommended that they use a different bathroom from anyone who is healthy.
If you share a kitchen with multiple roommates or your family, it should be cleaned on a daily basis. Specifically, you should clean any appliances as well as the door and door handles of your refrigerator and freezer. Coffee makers, ovens, toasters, blenders, and other common appliances should be cleaned and wiped down after uses especially if there is any concern that someone may be at risk for catching the coronavirus.
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