In light of the global pandemic and the spread of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning in homes and apartments! According to experts, it is cleaning in living rooms and other precautions that our tips site will tell about that will help protect against the virus.
Let’s immediately note that a private house is much safer from the point of view of protecting its owners from all kinds of viruses, not only COVID-19! First, there is less contact with neighbors, you can walk in the yard even in self-isolation. Secondly, there are no common premises.
Important! The greatest danger in a multi-storey building is represented by elevators and stair railings. Experts have found that the coronavirus lives on copper for only four hours, and on stainless steel – up to three days! The same amount of the virus lives on plastic, wood and cardboard – up to 24 hours. Therefore, elevator buttons and handrails can become a source of infection..
Experts urge not to confuse ordinary wet cleaning with disinfection. The first helps to get rid of dust and dirt, the second – kills pathogens that cause disease. Of course, you shouldn’t give up spring general cleaning. By simply washing the floors and removing dust, you will reduce the risk of infection..
But in a pandemic, disinfection will also be required. And this is more difficult. Folk cleaning products such as soda and vinegar, to which the portal has dedicated a separate article, are powerless against the virus, they kill bacteria. We need special means that certainly infect all pathogenic microorganisms.
To disinfect a house and apartment, you need to use compounds based on 75% alcohol, chlorine, solvents and bleaches, as well as ordinary hydrogen peroxide. If you could not find anything in pharmacies – against the backdrop of an epidemic, such funds become scarce, you can dilute ordinary bleach at home. It’s better than nothing at all. Plain vodka and other alcoholic beverages will not help – the alcohol content to kill the virus must be repeated – 75%.
Particular attention should be paid to the following areas:
- Tables and countertops.
- Hard seat chairs and backrests.
- Solid armrests for armchairs and sofas.
- Toilet seat and flush handle.
- Control panels.
- Laptops and Tablets.
- Keyboards, computer mice and mats for them.
- Bath and shower tray surface.
- Handles of handbags, wallets.
- Steering wheel and doors of a car.
All of these surfaces should be thoroughly disinfected, especially after an outsider has visited your home. Experts advise leaving the disinfectant on the treated surface for a while in order to get the maximum effect. And then just wash off with water.
Important! To disinfect electronics, experts advise using alcohol-impregnated wipes.
It is very important to ventilate each room at least twice a day. You need to open the vents for at least half an hour. If you are afraid of a draft, just leave the ventilated area by closing the door to it. In half an hour you will be able to open a window in another room.
Important! If you are cleaning the house with reusable gloves, first wash your hands thoroughly in them – for at least 20 seconds, preferably with firm rather than liquid soap. Then we take off the gloves and wash our hands again. Laundry soap familiar to all Russians kills pathogenic microorganisms well.
In general, now you need to wash your hands every time you come from the street, make purchases in a store, and so on..
A simple hand sanitizer recipe recommended by the WHO: ethyl alcohol (800 milliliters), hydrogen peroxide (50 milliliters) and glycerin (15 milliliters). Everything is mixed, diluted with water to the desired consistency and poured into a regular bottle of liquid soap, so that it is convenient to use.
You can fry kebabs during the epidemic! You just need to adhere to the following rules:
- Use a separate cutting board for meat and then disinfect it.
- Wash hands thoroughly after handling raw meat.
- Better to overcook the kebab than to leave the meat a little damp.
Heat treatment kills the virus perfectly, therefore, experts advise pouring boiling water over fruits and vegetables before eating..
Agree that the measures you can take at home against coronavirus are simple. Maintain cleanliness by adding disinfection to commonly used surfaces and objects to regular spring cleaning.