Watching the pandemic unfold around the world over the last 9 months has made everyone aware of just how contagious the virus is. Research has shown that every time an infected person speaks, coughs, laughs, or even just exhales, the virus can be spread through the air in tiny droplets which are invisible to the naked eye. These virus particles can land on surfaces and can put you at high risk of contracting the virus if you touch your face afterwards.
In addition to practicing the safety precaution of wearing a mask and avoiding social gatherings, it is also of highly important to regularly disinfect your surfaces at home and at work to minimize the chance of catching coronavirus. If you are unable to do this yourself, there are many coronavirus cleaning services in London offering deep cleaning services to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Trust deep cleaning to the experts, and find coronavirus cleaners in the UK to keep your home and workplace clean from germs and the coronavirus.
Whilst we’re all aware of how to clean in our daily lives, disinfecting is a different matter entirely. For example, if you’re baking cookies and some of the ingredients fall on the counter you can clean up the spill with a cloth or a wet paper towel to get rid of the mess. However, disinfecting is about more than just keeping things visibly clean – as bacteria and viruses which we can’t see continue to live on surfaces.
To kill bacteria, a certified disinfectant agent is required to eliminate viruses living on surfaces and other frequently touched areas. When disinfecting it’s important to follow the instructions on product labels, including any necessary pre-cleaning measures such as completely wetting the surface and allowing it to dry for an extended period of time.
Surfaces in-the home and workplace must regularly be disinfected to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Common surfaces and objects that have the potential to carry the coronavirus include door knobs, light and fan switches, kitchen cupboard handles, refrigerators, toilet seats, taps, car steering wheel, office tabletops, keyboards, toys, keys and many more.
For hard durable surfaces like metals and granite or tile, you can use any disinfectant you have to hand as these surfaces are chemically resistant. If you wish to clean a porous surface such as wood it is recommended that you check with the manufacturer as to whether the product is suitable as some disinfectant can damage surfaces. For example, cleaners that are acidic in nature should not be used on porous material such a marble, as the acid will damage the surface.
As we live in a digital world, we are constantly surrounded by electronic gadgets at home and at work. These frequently touched items also need to be disinfected regularly. Keyboards, tablets, computer mice, games controllers, AC and TV remotes, television and computer screens, mobile phones, and electronic car keys should all be disinfected regularly using alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70 percent alcohol.
Dr Vinetz Professor of Medicine and expert on infectious diseases states that when using disinfectant you must check the label for the suggested timing and wait at least 30 seconds – up to a few minutes for the disinfectant to kill germs and viruses. He has also dispelled the myth that wiping surfaces in circles spread the virus around. The important thing to note is that you need to wait for the area to dry to kill the germs, whether you are applying the disinfectant by spraying or by using wipes.
One of the most economical and easily available disinfecting agents is bleach. To create a disinfectant solution using bleach and water, follow the instructions on the label or the center for disease control and prevention recommendations. The general rule is to use a third of a cup of bleach per gallon of water or four teaspoons per quart of water to create the bleach solution. Please note, it is important not to mix bleach and ammonia together as this can create dangerous and potentially deadly chlorine gas.