While we are all navigating through this time of uncertainty, we’re also navigating through a plethora of information; some true, and unfortunately, some not. So, we decided to take a moment to share some cleaning truths with you.
Recently, our team attended a symposium put on by the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI). The CIRI is the clearinghouse for unbiased, peer-reviewed technical information and research about the science of cleaning or restoration of the indoor environment. This symposium is where we were introduced to the cleaning truths we are about to share.
The following blog post will highlight 5 crucial things you should understand about cleaning your home, and we hope they provide you with information to keep your home safe and healthy.
The two most important elements to proper cleaning during the coronavirus outbreak are cleaning your hands with soap and water, and following that up with an alcohol based hand rub. It’s recommended that each of these are done for more than 20 seconds, and done regularly.
Not all cleaners are equal.
There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of in-home cleaners available to you, but it’s important to understand that not all of them were created equal. In an effort to provide the best possible clean to your home, only clean with EPA certified cleaners. You can find a list of EPA certified disinfectants here.
Cautiously do your laundry.
Clothing is one of the largest contaiminators of your home’s ecosystem. Whether you go outside, to the store, or to work, be careful about how you re-enter your home, and how/when you do laundry. Best practice is to immediately remove potentially contaminated articles of clothing and place them in the washing machine. While doing this, it’s also recommended to wear gloves and a mask to prevent further contamination to yourself.
The largest filter in your home.
Your carpet, flooring, and upholstery represent the largest filter in your home. Thus, regular cleaning of these surfaces is incredibly important to the health of your home. Additionally, having your air ducts and HVAC systems cleaned can also aid in the cleanliness of your home. First priority however, should be your carpet, flooring and upholstery.
The appropriate amount of time.
In many cases, it’s important to sanitize items that have not had an adequate amount of time for the coronavirus to perish. Here are a few examples of how long the virus can live on different surfaces:
- 5-18 days on hard surfaces
- 2-3 days on plastic and steel
- 4 hours on copper
- 24 hours on cardboard
At Green Clean you can expect a peerless standard of service and care that makes it easy to get life back to normal. While we navigate back to that normal together, we’ll do our best to educate, protect, and serve you along the way.
We hope these notes from the CIRI symposium are helpful.
-Green Clean Team