A Guide to Cleaning Your Surfaces to Keep Them Virus-Free
What are the most important surfaces to keep virus-free?
- Kitchen Countertops and Tables
- Bathroom Counters
Beyond frequent hand washing and social distancing, the next best way you can protect you and your family from COVID-19 or any other possible viruses, diseases, and germs is by practicing proper hygiene at home. How long can this virus live on surfaces? Most say that this virus can live for two to three days on any surface. With that in mind, keeping your home safe and sanitized will greatly help everything during this time. Establishing a cleaning routine with simple, everyday preventive steps can help avoid the spread of it. You can do this by using this guide on how to clean the surfaces in your home which can come into contact with your family throughout the day. Keep reading to see how you can clean these surfaces:
Kitchen Countertops and Tables
Your table surfaces and countertops are the workhorses of your homes. They should be able to be resistant to stains, abrasions, and bacteria. Tile countertops will give you the advantage of freeing your mind from dirt because they are easy to clean. Without proper cleaning of your countertops, this can not only make your kitchen counters harbor the viruses and bacteria we transfer from our hands and belongings but also foodborne bacteria.
For daily cleaning of countertops, wipe it down with a nonabrasive sponge or cloth with warm water and dishwashing liquid. To dry it down, take a microfiber cloth to avoid streaking and scratching. When it comes to disinfecting these surfaces, you can simply create a solution of rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Spritz it all over your surfaces and let it sit for about 3 to five minutes before drying it down with a microfiber cloth. Remember to rinse your cloth thoroughly several times during the cleaning process to keep redepositing residue.
Besides cleaning these surfaces at home, make sure to additionally wipe down items you bring into your home.
Keeping your walls clean is relatively easy. To keep your walls virus-free, you should regularly give you walls a quick vacuum, dusting, or wiping – especially around your vents and corners. For a much deeper cleaning whichever material your walls are made of, you can use supplies such as mild dishwashing liquid soap or white vinegar to give your walls a thorough cleaning.
Tile floors are a popular flooring option because they are fairly low maintenance. Not only are they durable, but they are easy to clean. But just like all floors, they need care and cleaning. Many unseen particles of dust, dirt, and germs fall to the surfaces on your floor and can contribute to bacteria growth and diversity.
To thoroughly clean and disinfect your floors, firstly clean up loose debris. Sweep or vacuum your tile floors two to three times a week. Once you’ve removed the dirt by sweeping or vacuuming, follow through with mopping. In a spray bottle, mix a balanced ratio of mild detergent with hot water to spritz on your floor. Be sure to change the water frequently while mopping your floors to avoid recontamination.
In this process, don’t forget to clean your grout as well. You can use an old toothbrush or a small scrub brush to scrub the grout. If a commercial cleaning isn’t available, you can easily create a paste made from baking soda and water to apply to the grout. Let it sit up to 10 minutes before scrubbing it down.
Although the bathroom is a place to remove all the germs and dirt from your body, these spaces can also hold bacteria and provide germ growth. Aside from your wash towels, and bathmats, pay attention to hard surfaces such as shower tubs and floors, drains, faucets, and personal items. To ensure sanitary bathroom surfaces, wipe down your surfaces with disinfectant on a daily basis and do a thorough cleaning at least once a week. A vinegar and water mixture works well if you’re looking for a natural alternative to cleaning your washroom. This formula effectively cleans through not only bacteria but also soap scum, mineral deposits, and accumulated grime.
Exercising caution in these times is critical. Ensure that you are taking proactive steps and methods to keep your house clean, sanitized, and virus-free to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Click here for more helpful tips with FC Tile Depot!