Pioneer Texas gets so many questions about our COVID cleanings, but one thing to note is that cleaning and DISINFECTING are to totally separate things. Both need to be done to ensure that you, your home, your business, employees and customers stay safe. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are cleaning AND disinfecting your home or business.
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If you are going to do this on your own, the first thing you’ll want to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things.
Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface.
Disinfecting is about killing pathogens.
Do both daily if anything or anyone has entered or exited your home.
Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the CDC still recommends you clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe if people touching them have been in contact with the outside world or people beyond their social bubble, since SARS-Cov-2 is capable of living on surfaces such as cardboard for 24 hours, but up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel.
Examples of High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily:
Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
Faucets and faucet knobs
Toilets (seat and handle)
TV remote controls
Now that you know what you’re cleaning, here’s how you should do it.
First Clean, Then Disinfect
First, clean the surfaces, removing any contaminants, dust, or debris. You can do this by wiping them with soapy water (or a cleaning spray) and a hand towel.
Then apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray. Some of these items may be hard to find in stores, but Pioneer Texas has all the proper equipment and EPA and CDC approved disinfectants, as well as a variety of other methods to rid your home or business of Coronavirus.
That’s it. Just adding these to your daily routine can help lower the risk of infection for you and anyone else in your household. If you aren’t able to obtain disinfectants, just do a thorough job with the soap or cleaning agents you do have. But this can also be the challenge, performing these tasks daily can be expensive, time consuming and
Pioneer Texas has a full list of products and strategies that will kill the novel coronavirus, but here are a few essentials to keep an eye out for. You can find most of these disinfectants online at Amazon or Walmart if your grocery store is out of stock. Most disinfectants should have a label that lists the viruses they’re effective against, and that’s what you’ll want to look out for more than any particular active ingredient.
Experts say that if a disinfectant product has an indication for killing influenza, RSB, SARS virus, or other coronaviruses, then it should work against the current strains and possible mutations.
Disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, or store brand will do)
Disinfectant spray (Purell, Clorox, Lysol, all make sprays that will work)
Isopropyl alcohol (also here)
How to Make Homemade Bleach Disinfectant Spray
If you can’t find good disinfectants at the store, the CDC also has a recommended recipe for a homemade cleaning solution using household bleach.
4 teaspoons household bleach
1 quart water
Pour both into one quart spray bottle, shake vigorously
Spray on surface to disinfect, let sit for 10 minutes, wipe away with wet cloth
Bleach is excessive in most cases. You should never mix bleach solution with any other cleaning chemical, and it’s likely to damage or discolor sensitive surfaces. Use it as a last resort if you can’t source or acquire any other kind of disinfectant. Remember to wear gloves, open your windows (ventilation is your friend), and be careful. And please, please, don’t drink it.
How to Disinfect Your Phone or Tablet
Use a disinfecting wipe or alcohol solution (at least 70 percent) on your phone. Make sure you pay special attention to the screen, the buttons, and anywhere dust and pocket lint tend to get trapped. Also make sure you remove any case that’s on your phone or tablet, clean underneath, put it back on, and clean the outside.
How to Disinfect Your Computer
Avoid using a disinfecting wipe on the screen. Laptop displays aren’t always made of glass (matte displays are plastic), so it could cause damage. The display should be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol (70 percent) solution and a soft towel. Make sure you wipe down the keyboard, the trackpad, the exterior, and where your wrists rest on the laptop.
Most desktop computers are already in sore need for a cleaning. The best way to do that is with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution and a soft towel. Again, avoid disinfecting wipes on the monitor, just in case—stick to isopropyl alcohol there. But otherwise, just make sure you wipe down the mouse (top, sides, and bottom), the keys on your keyboard, the exterior of the keyboard, and any mousepad you might have.
For any other electronic device, if the exterior is largely plastic (gaming mice, gamepads, TV remotes) it’s safe to give them a once-over with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution.
Stay Home, Stay Safe
It can be hard to know what you should do or what’s going on. If you have more questions, we are the experts so do not hesitate to call. There are a lot of things to think about especially when it comes to how your cleaning and disinfecting routine affects your business. You can call Pioneer Texas today at (210) 569-2156.