As the COVID-19 virus continues to hang around, it is important that you know how to properly and thoroughly clean and disinfect your home to protect yourself and those around you. Below, we will provide you with some important tips and tricks to help you get your home as clean and disinfected as possible. With that in mind, if you have any questions about the virus, we recommend that you visit the CDC website.

If you have any questions about your dental health or the precautions we are taking here in our office, do reach out to Thornton Dental Care today.

Things You Should Know

  • If someone you know is sick, you should provide them with their own bedroom and bathroom, when possible
  • Always wear disposable or reusable gloves when you clean and disinfect
  • Wash your hands for 20 minutes with soap and water
  • Clean items according to the specifications listed on the tag or the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Always clean surfaces with soap and water FIRST and then disinfect them

Cleaning and Disinfecting: What You Should Be Doing

1. Cleaning
It is recommended that you wear gloves when you clean your home, but it is not recommended that you practice wearing gloves all the time. In fact, doing so could actually cause you to spread the virus even more. If you are worried about your hands being dirty or coming into contact with something, you should wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. This is the best way to clean your hands. Should you not have soap available to you, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Things you want to keep in mind as you clean:

  • Disinfecting surfaces kills the germs that exist on it
  • You should clean all surfaces with soap and water to reduce the number of bacteria, dirt, and grime
  • Always make sure to practice routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces such as toilets, sinks, tables, desks, doorknobs, handles, and more

2. Disinfecting

  • Make sure to follow all directions and instructions on the disinfectant label and do not try to use the disinfectant for unintended purposes
  • ALWAYS disinfect with a disinfectant listed on List N as these fight against COVID-19

Many products recommend:

  • You apply the disinfectant while wearing gloves on your hands
  • Apply the disinfectant in a well-ventilated area
  • Allow all surfaces to remain wet for the time indicated on the label

Make sure that you always read the directions on the label first, even if you think you know how to use the product. Once you have read the directions, you can then follow those directions and safely disinfect.

You should:

  • Always use water that is at room temperature unless otherwise stated on the label
  • Only use the recommended amount of product listed
  • Do NOT mix chemical products
  • Wear skin and eye protection
  • Use and store chemicals out of the reach of children
  • Always label chemicals that have been diluted

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You want to make sure that you never ingest, swallow, breathe, or inject any of the chemicals into your body or allow them to come into contact with your skin as serious injury can occur. You should also never use any of the products on animals, as they are not intended to be used this way.

If you have any questions or concerns about disinfectants or COVID-19, you should visit the CDC or EPA website to learn more.
Want to learn more about how to clean and disinfect your home? Check out Part II of this series.

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