Home and Office Cleaning to Prevent the Cold and Flu

IMG_20130902_145737While there are a lot of preventative measures people can take to avoid getting sick, eventually someone in your home or office will come down with a particularly nasty bug. Viruses like the cold and flu can stay alive on surfaces for up to three hours! So if you’re going to prevent your family or your coworkers for falling ill, you’re going to want to do some serious cleaning and disinfecting to get rid of germs fast.

Use Disposable Cleaning Tools

If there’s something “going around,” you’re going to want to use disposable cleaning tools like paper towels to clean everything. We’re all about environmentally friendly, but when it comes to preventing the cold and flu, this is really important. If you must use sponges or brushes, make sure you run them through the dishwasher every single day.

Scrub Bathroom Sinks

For whatever reason, bathroom sinks are an absolute hotbed for germs to hang out while they infect everyone using the bathroom. Scrub the toilets, faucets, and any door handles or knobs with a disinfectant cleaner. A disinfectant is NOT the same as a surfactant, or regular or all-purpose cleaner. If your home is infected, make sure you take extra time with the toothbrush holder. You can even disinfect toothbrushes by boiling them in water or letting them soak in a antiseptic mouthwash or a bath containing effervescent disinfecting tablets (the kind Nana uses for her dentures) for about ten minutes.

Use Disinfectant Cleaners

Like we said, there’s a difference between a regular cleaner (a surfactant) and disinfectants. Make sure the products your using say “disinfectant” on the label. Otherwise you’re just smearing germs around. Disposable wipes are a great way to avoid using sponges and brushes.

Encourage Others to Wash Their Hands

You can make the people in your home wash your hands, but keeping tabs on your employees can put you in grey legal areas you’d rather avoid. So post reminders about how important is to wash hands and even post instructions! A wimpy two seconds under the faucet isn’t going to cut it. People should be using warm water for 20-25 seconds. And while you need disinfectant cleaners, you can actually use any kind of soap!

Focus on Points of Contact

A point of contact is any surface that people use extremely often without even thinking whether it may or may not be clean. In the office, this can be light switches, door knobs, keyboards, computer mouses (mice?), the buttons on the microwave, coffeemaker and water cooler, and telephones. In your home, this can be remote controls, game remotes, cell phones, light switches, the fridge door handle, and the medicine cabinet (and any bins you may use to organize your medications).

Professional Cleaning and Disinfecting

If you’ve got something going around your home or office and want to stop it in its tracts, consider hiring a professional cleaning company. They’re familiar with the routine and won’t forget to clean anything that can become a source of contagion. They’ve got the right tools to clean and disinfect, which means you won’t have to invest in any special cleaners.

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