Don’t let the fatigue of 2020 leave your home vulnerable to germs (3 cleaning techniques that shouldn’t be skipped, even if you’re tired).

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Don’t let the fatigue of 2020 leave your home vulnerable to germs (3 cleaning techniques that shouldn’t be skipped, even if you’re tired).

We’ve talked a lot about it this year. 

But cleaning, and the appropriate type of cleaning, is more important than ever. 

And while it may feel like we continue to say the same thing, we wanted to take a moment to remind you that just because we’re all tired, doesn’t mean the lessons are any less important. 

So, here are 3 cleaning techniques that shouldn’t be skipped, even if you’re experiencing 2020 fatigue.

Clean & Disinfecting 

It doesn’t take much for surfaces to get dirty. From dirt and bacteria, to mold and viruses, your home’s surface can frankly become a cesspool. So, please follow the appropriate cleaning process, but cleaning the surface first, then sanitizing. You should accomplish each step with these insights. 

  • Cleaning represents the direct removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. While this doesn’t directly kill the virus, it can drastically decrease the presence of viruses, limiting their ability to reproduce. 
  • Disinfecting represents using chemicals to kill the remaining germs on surfaces. While this alone doesn’t clean your surfaces, it does help ensure any further spread of infection. Our recommendation is to use EPA approved disinfectants like these

Filters Filters Filters

The air we breathe is one of the most common ways we ingest things that aren’t healthy for our bodies. So, we have to be careful how we filter that air. There are two filters within your home you should be intentional about cleaning or replacing. 

  • Furnace filters are designed to pull dust, hair, and other contaminants out of the air you breathe. Please check with your local HVAC contractor to see how often you should be replacing these filters to make sure they are effectively cleaning your air (our recommendation is at least 2-4 times per year).
  • The second filter inside your home is less obvious, it’s your carpet. The fibers in your carpet are continuously collecting dirt and other debris, and should be cleaned routinely, both by you and by a professional. Consistent vacuuming can be effective in removing contaminants that haven’t settled into the carpet’s core, including dust, hair and other germs. Professional cleaning will help remove and protect from moisture spills, mold growth and deep carpet dirt and grime. 

Protect Your Person

For the entirety of this global pandemic, the CDC has recommended that you wash your hands, use sanitizer, wear a mask, and keep your distance from others (especially in social situations). This section isn’t designed to be just a reminder for you on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, but if you’d like that you can find a thorough list from the CDC here. Instead, this section is here to remind you that when you have to go out in public, for groceries, gas, to drop your children at school, or the like, to remember that you’ve now potentially contaminated yourself with COVID-19, or other germs, bacteria or viruses. Thus, even if you’re extremely thorough in your home’s cleaning and disinfecting, you could be the reason your home becomes contaminated. So, be intentional about how you re-enter your home after leaving. 

The truth is we’re all tired from this pandemic. 

But it’s important that we don’t let fatigue get in the way of our cleaning. 

If you’d like other cleaning insights or recommendations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. 

-Green Clean Team