With the COVID-19 outbreak in full swing across LA County and to a greater or lesser extent, the rest of the United States, many are wondering how to clean and disinfect your home for coronavirus prevention. Nancie Brown & Associates is a cleaning company with over 30 years of experience in Los Angeles County and beyond, cleaning and disinfecting both commercial and residential properties, including businesses where hygiene is paramount, like restaurants and hospitals.
Preventing Coronavirus In Your Los Angeles Household
COVID-19 is, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has explained, proliferated by a highly contagious virus, the novel coronavirus. It spreads via contact with aerosol particles containing copies of the virus, which are expelled by infected individuals coughing and breathing. That means that ideally, disinfection should happen frequently, or people entering and leaving the home should exercise extreme caution about touching anything before undergoing complete cleaning protocol.
What does disinfection look like? It involves a lot of handwashing. It also requires reading comprehension and common sense.
- Any product that includes bleach (sodium hypochlorite) should not be mixed with other chemicals. Bleach is reactive and the product of its reactions with other common cleaning agents can be hazardous, even deadly. Use caution when applying to textiles: bleach can cause color loss. Wearing gloves while handling bleach is a good idea.
- Isopropyl alcohol (aka isopropanol, aka rubbing alcohol) is broadly safe for use on human skin or hard surfaces. Use with caution, though: it is flammable and can also cause irritation or dryness if used frequently on skin.
- Any product that contains hydrogen peroxide must not be combined with vinegar, as it creates a highly corrosive acid that is hazardous to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system.
It can be difficult to source all the cleaning products you need at this time of increased need. Some products have permissible cross-uses: for example, you can use dish soap as hand soap, or tile cleaner to sanitize most plastics. Before you try and apply a cleaning product to another use, check three things: the manufacturer’s instructions, the list of ingredients, and if you are still unclear, the product’s SDS (safety data sheet). A simple web search for the product name plus SDS should get you what you need.
Cleaning and Disinfection for Households
Any household in lockdown during the stay-at-home is only as clean and safe as its dirtiest member. Clean hands is a duty that each member of the household owes to the health and safety of everyone else living there. Make sure everyone knows how to use soap and water for 20 seconds to thoroughly wash their hands, including fingertips, fingernails, and knuckles. Hot water is helpful but not essential. Also make sure that everyone has a travel-sized container of 60% alcohol hand sanitizer when they leave the house. Every time someone touches a surface outside the home, especially high touch surfaces like on public transit or card readers at grocery stores, they should assume they have the virus on their hands and cleanse accordingly.
Especially if you or a member of your household works with the public and is unable to practice social distancing, it is a good idea to carefully shed your face mask and outerwear on entering your home. When it comes to handling dirty laundry, it’s advisable to limit your time and contact with surfaces in communal laundry rooms or laundromats. If you are an at-risk individual, consider handwashing your clothes in a bath or basin if you don’t have facilities at home.
Coronavirus and Cleaning Personal Items
Items that you touch frequently, especially ones that you take out of the home such as your keys, cellphone, wallet, and purse, as well as glasses and/or sunglasses if you wear them, should be frequently cleansed as well. Clorox wipes are highly recommended, but if you don’t have a ready source of those, you can use other cleaning agents, such as these coronavirus disinfectant products approved by the EPA. As previously mentioned, be very careful when using unfamiliar cleaning products, or using old products in new contexts, as they may have unexpected side effects:
- Products containing bleach may cause your items to suffer color loss.
- Do not use bleach to clean phone screens (it can be used to clean phone cases, though).
- Rubbing alcohol or wipes can be used to clean leather goods such as wallets or bags, but they can get dried out by these products. Treat the leather with leather conditioner after disinfecting them to prevent the leather cracking.
- If your child has a toy or comfort object they take with them outside the house, it should also be frequently disinfected. Remember to rinse it with water after it has air dried, so that you can wash away harmful chemical residue that might otherwise find its way into your child’s eyes or mouth.
Preserve Your Family’s Health with Nancie Brown & Associates
Our cleaning company is at the ready to help you protect your home from the coronavirus outbreak. We have long been practiced in disinfecting and cleaning properties. Our cleaning teams are personally instructed by our founder Nancie Brown, who keeps them fully briefed on the latest cleaning techniques and innovations in equipment and cleaning materials. Our staff are fully equipped with personal protective equipment, and our special brand of detail cleaning is purposely designed to clean not just what you can see, but what you can’t, to minimize the chance of infection. Contact us today to give your household a better chance of avoiding COVID-19.