The New Normal of Clean from Worcester COVID-19 Cleaning Pros
Here at Brand-Nu Janitorial Service we get asked this question a lot. Are you cleaning or disinfecting: What’s the difference? When you're a Worcester COVID-19 cleaning resource for folks in the area, it's important to know the facts about the "new normal of clean".
You want to protect your family from dirt and germs, but getting rid of every germ isn't possible—or necessary. In most cases, clean is good enough, however, in these COVID-19 germ-aware times, a little information like this can go a long way toward bridging the gap between regular clean, and COVID-19 clean.
These days, cleaning not only involves getting rid of dirt and gunk where germs can grow, but also being aware of the unseen viral types of bacteria that can cause illness. The friction of cleaning—often with soap and water—removes most surface germs, which is adequate for most household surfaces. In other cases, however, it's a good idea to disinfect, which destroys or inactivates most of the germs, and always remember the 20-second rule on hand-washing to fully protect yourself against the COVID virus.
If a family member has been sick with the flu or other infectious illness, cleaning and disinfecting the laundry may help prevent illness from spreading to others. To disinfect laundry, add chlorine bleach (for whites only) to the wash. If you are washing clothes at a coin laundry, wipe the surface of the machine with a disinfectant before loading. Then add a disinfectant to the wash cycle. Follow the directions on the disinfectant label for adding to wash. Always wear a COVID-aware protective mask in public places until it has been deemed safe not to.
Regularly disinfect surfaces that are touched by more than one person, particularly if someone in the family is sick. When we clean commercial buildings or residential homes we regularly disinfect surfaces to include doorknobs, refrigerator door handles, microwaves, faucets, and toilet flushers. Clean them and then disinfect with a commercial disinfectant. For electronic devices such as phones, remote controls, game controls, and computer keyboards, wipe with sanitizer cloths or use a product designed for electronics. Computer keyboards can also be covered with a plastic or silicone cover to make cleaning and disinfecting easier.
Out and About
Keeping a clean car is more a personal preference that a health issue if you are the only one who drives your car, disinfecting surfaces such as steering wheels and gear shifts is not necessary. But the surfaces you encounter when you get out of the car are another story. Often touched surfaces such as shopping cart handles or ATM key pads are teeming with germs. If disinfectant wipes are available at shopping places, use them to wipe cart handles or other surfaces before you or your children touch them. Bring your own wipes along for germy surfaces. While there is no way to really know of the COVID-19 virus is anywhere in the vicinity, but better safety first.
It's not possible to clean or disinfect every surface you have contact with. In fact, keeping hands clean is the first line of defense for keeping infection-causing germs from reaching your mouth, nose, or eyes, where they can make you sick.
Get your kids in the routine of washing their hands any time they see something dirty on them, anytime they come in from outdoors, before eating, and after using the bathroom. Keep antibacterial hand wipes with you to clean kids' hands—and yours—when you can't use soap and water. You do what you can, but you can't avoid every single germ. If you can get those habits going that's a great start.
Call today for a team of cleaning and disinfecting pros to come to your home or office to give it a safety-first, once over, super cleaning job: (508) 756-8707.