Deep Cleaning Of Carpets To Help Stop The Spread Of Viruses In Your Home
While the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic promises to be even more serious than the first, it is necessary to be extra vigilant to thoroughly clean your home. Discover the right actions to follow for the maintenance of its interior in order to maintain a healthy interior on a daily basis.
Wash your hands regularly, do not kiss each other, stand a meter away from people, cough into your elbow … It has been several months now that barrier gestures against the Coronavirus have become essential in our daily lives. While a second wave is hitting Europe and more particularly the Hexagon head-on, it is necessary to be extra vigilant in maintaining barrier gestures but also in maintaining its habitat in times of coronavirus. What about the lifespan of the virus at home, its survival on the multiple surfaces that inhabit our rooms? How long does the virus stay on kitchen and bathroom surfaces? Here are some answers …
Air your home to renew the indoor air
If in normal times, it is advisable to ventilate the rooms of the house twice a day by opening its windows wide, during this period of confinement, it is more than necessary to ventilate the house very regularly, in particular, to hunt for the virus. As a reminder, in normal times, it is advisable to ventilate all the rooms in the house for 10 to 15 minutes a day to renew the indoor air. This advice is all the more to be followed in this period of a pandemic. WHO therefore recommends regular ventilation by opening the windows wide for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day? The air even more if you are drying clothes, or if you cook or do crafts. Take the opportunity to shake your sofa cushions and rugs in passing.
Clean house surfaces to fight the virus
Viruses do not all last the same on surfaces. Although SARS-CoV-2 is now known to be transmitted mainly through the air, it can also survive for prolonged periods on surfaces in an enclosed space. Also, the question of the survival time of Covid-19 on surfaces and other household objects has already given rise to several studies. Already last March, American researchers published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. By splashing a few water droplets loaded with the virus onto different surfaces, their research had shown that plastic seemed to be the most sensitive material to the virus since it would be viable there for three days. It would last two days on a stainless steel sink and 24 hours on a cardboard box. Figures recently confirmed by a study conducted by Japanese researchers and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease.
No need to panic and hunt down any suspicious area in the house when you read these numbers. The researchers said the results were found under conditions of experiments conducted in the laboratory with a certain level of humidity and at certain temperatures. Specific characteristics to take into account since they are not necessarily those of our interiors. Again, it’s all a matter of the right actions to protect yourself from the virus and prevent it from spreading.
As with any virus, target-risk areas in the house. These are all these elements that we touch several times a day without realizing it: switches, door handles but also cupboards, refrigerator, microwave, oven, keyboards. computer, remote controls, smartphones, keys, taps, the toilet flush… The list is long but necessary so as not to forget anything when passing the disinfectant wipe!
Clean all contaminated surfaces yes, but with what?
To clean and disinfect in every corner of your home, give priority to the disinfectant par excellence: bleach. After classic maintenance with black soap or white vinegar, spray a mixture of water and a few drops of bleach on the surfaces to be disinfected. Leave on for 15 minutes and dry thoroughly with a microfiber cloth. On the floor side, vacuum regularly and depending on the type of floor, do not hesitate to clean with bleach diluted with water or with a disinfectant wipe.
Wash your linens more regularly at high temperature
During all periods of the virus, it is necessary to wash your linens more regularly to avoid the risk of contamination. While the priority is necessarily bedding linen and bath towels, washing clothes worn outside is obviously recommended. Sheets, pillows and the like will get rid of viruses if they are washed at least 60% with a laundry disinfectant, the operation will be even more efficient. Washing necessarily involves changing your linens every week as a precaution.
Ensure the particular maintenance of the kitchen and the bathroom
Both bathrooms and kitchens need to be stripped down in particular, and more so than ever in such a context. WC, shower, basin, floors and handles of bathroom furniture must be disinfected. The same goes for the kitchen, which will need to be cleaned meticulously regularly. Small exception for her: the kitchen will have to be revamped once the shopping has been completed. And yes, the races come from outside, they have been touched by others than you, so you will have to unpack them with care, remove the plastic and cardboard packaging not to be left lying around and place them as soon as possible in the waste sorting bag. The groceries will then be stored in the cupboards as in the refrigerator. Once, everything in its place, it will be necessary to strip with white vinegar or disinfect the work surface.