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How to Disinfect Everything: Coronavirus Home Cleaning Tips

June 9, 2020

Claire Hebert

Claire Hebert

To say that we live in hard times would be a massive understatement. The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted our lives and damaged our economy. To make matters worse, we have no clue when the current situation will be resolved or what long term effects it will have. 

The good news is, you’re not helpless. Maintaining good personal hygiene and thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting your home is a great way to protect yourself and your loved ones. In order to help you out, we’ve compiled a guide for cleaning your home against COVID-19

The following cleaning and disinfecting tips will be useful to you regardless of whether you perform the cleaning yourself, or you book professional deep house cleaning services in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities. Read on!

What’s the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? 

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of COVID-19 cleaning, we need to address something many Americans are confused about. Namely, the crucial difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing.

The differences are as follows:

  • Cleaning constitutes the regular dusting, wiping, and washing with all-purpose detergent, or water and soap. It removes dust and dirt, but it may not necessarily kill or remove germs. This is essential when deep cleaning a house.
  • Disinfecting destroys microbes, but it doesn’t remove dust and grime from a surface. It should therefore only be done after you’ve already cleaned an area.  This is the crucial part of a coronavirus cleaning checklist.
  • Sanitizing is when a surface has either been cleaned or disinfected, but not both. In general, you should strive to both clean and disinfect an item. 

How do I clean my house during the coronavirus pandemic?

A COVID-19 cleaning is like a more difficult version of a standard cleaning. In addition to all the usual vacuuming, mopping, and dusting, you also have to wash and disinfect things that you wouldn’t normally bother with. 

Here’s how to clean your home during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Protect yourself. Wear disposable gloves and a face mask while cleaning or handling trash. Refrain from touching your face (the virus can enter your body through the pores in your face and even through your eyes), and make sure to immediately wash your hands afterward.
  • Clean, then disinfect. Wash surfaces using soap and water, or a household detergent, and apply a disinfectant afterward. If you don’t have a disinfectant, you can substitute wipes or cleaning products with at least 60% alcohol content, or make a bleach-water solution.
  • Use quality supplies. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a list of approved disinfectants for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before using one of these, take the time to familiarize yourself with the instructions on the bottle. 
  • When washing laundry, rugs, curtains, and other fabric items, use the warmest appropriate setting as defined by the manufacturer. Refrain from shaking dirty laundry to keep from dispersing the virus into the air. 

Finally, if you haven’t deep cleaned your home recently, we advise you to do it as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to have dangerous microbes and parasites living under your furniture or inside your fridge. 

Who offers the top deep house cleaning services in Baton Rouge and nearby areas?

As you can probably tell from this article, giving your home an in-depth cleaning and disinfection is a tiring and time-consuming process. However, it needs to be done to ensure the safety of your household. 

If you don’t have the time or the energy to do it, consider reaching out to Geaux Maids of Baton Rouge. Our expert cleaners will gladly make your home germ-free while you relax with your family, or enjoy a pleasant walk by the Highland Road Park Observatory. Book your cleaning today!

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