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As concern about the spread of the coronavirus grows and the panic continues when buying soap and cleaning products, let’s find out how often you should clean your home and what household chemicals can be used to disinfect your business.
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The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, along with the microbes that cause colds and flu, is becoming an increasingly severe problem. Experts advise taking additional steps to ensure no infection in your home to prevent diseases and prevent their spread if someone is already ill.
Indirect Virus Transmission
Viruses may also be distributed via indirect transmission. This happens when the infection is deposited on objects, and people touch from the surface, and then the mouth, nose, and eyes. Many factors, such as humidity and outdoor temperature, affect this survival rate, and it is unclear whether a few viruses are sufficient for transmission. At the moment, it is still unclear how long the virus can exist outside the body, but recent studies have shown that it persists on solid objects, such as stainless steel and plastic, for 2 to 5 days.
In everyday life, to combat pathogenic flora, we use rags to clean kitchen countertops, handles of appliances, phones and TV remotes. In cleaning contaminated, infected items, it is better to use paper towels in rolls than reusable fabrics. Examples of ordinary everyday things that should use disposable towels include disinfecting the steering wheel of their car, pens and computer keyboard. Throughout the day, regularly wash hands with soap and water and use a lot of hand sanitiser.
Disinfection Against the Virus
Not all household cleaning products contain active ingredients that kill the infection. Ideally, the label needs to state: Kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
Cleaning and disinfection are different actions, but it is essential to do both. Cleaning is cleaning the top layer of dirt, and disinfection is the destruction of bacteria and viruses. Bleach, vinegar, and other antimicrobial solutions kill germs that cause colds and flu.
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Our advice is to start by cleaning your household items and removing dirt using a universal cleaner and then apply a special disinfectant to get rid of the bacteria. Some chlorine-based cleaning and bleaching agents are effective against coronavirus-like viruses. We recommend diluting bleach, cleaning gels containing at least 70% alcohol and chlorine-based disinfectant solutions.
You can use vinegar - it is a simple, affordable and universal drug for fighting against any microorganisms. Its aqueous solution is less aggressive to tissues, and the sharp smell quickly disappears, leaving only a feeling of freshness. It is necessary to correctly prepare the vinegar solution, depending on what kind of vinegar you have and treat. 3 - 10% vinegar dilution is sufficient for various disinfection treatments.
You can also use alcohol. Alcohol on the microbial flora causes coagulation of protein, eradicating the virus. 70% concentration of ethyl alcohol has the highest bactericidal and virucidal properties. Absolute ethyl alcohol 96% is less effective because the alcohol evaporates too fast in the absence of water, thus not allowing the virus to be drenched longer.
Important Thing to Note When Disinfecting
Before carrying out viral disinfection treatment, it is important to clean everything from dust and dirt to get maximum protection from the disinfectant. Surfaces that come into frequent contacts, such as cell phones, door handles, light switches, and toilet handles, should receive additional attention. Since we do not know how long the coronavirus can survive, treat these areas regularly.
For disinfectants to work correctly, the spray treatment must contact the outer layer of the object for five minutes to destroy the infection. To clean the surface, use chlorine-based chemicals as recommended, vinegar or commercial disinfectants. Use cleaning products for most items in the kitchen, bathroom, and throughout the house.
Commercial tips against COVID-19
Washing machines with steam settings together with cleaning chemicals, bleach, and peroxide can kill germs. Drying clothes in a hot dryer cycle for 45 minutes is also effective against certain viruses and microbes.
Certified dishwashers must reach the final rinse temperature of 70 degrees and provide a minimum reduction of 99.999% in the number of bacteria. In the dishwasher, you can handle pet bowls, cleaning wipes, children’s toys and more.
Steam generator - use for cleaning and destroying infection from things that can not go into the washing machine. Steam can kill 99.9% of dust mites, viruses, bacteria, including dangerous microbes such as Salmonella, staphylococcal bacteria and E. coli. Steam cleaners also remove dirt and stains from carpets, upholstery, draperies, and other fabrics.
Daily Cleaning Suggestions
- Clean and treat countertops, sinks, cabinets, handles, and cutting boards.
- Change your kitchen towels every day.
- Keep a kitchen rag in a bowl of vinegar solution.
- Clean the bath and shower, including shower doors and handles.
- Once a week, wash the bathroom curtain in the washing machine.
Following all these suggestions, your home will be safer from infections such as the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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Many countries are affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the significant impacts on different aspects of our daily lives. A pandemic of this scale is disrupting many industries. Businesses have no choice but to adjust their operations to survive. Pest control companies are not exempted from the effects of the pandemic.
How are the pest control companies in Australia adjusting to the pandemic?
Putting in place strict protocols to curb the spread of the coronavirus is a must. Pest control companies are responsible for protecting homes, hospitals, offices, and more. On top of this, pest control professionals need to prioritise the safety of pregnant women, children, and elders.
It is essential to communicate and prepare for the next periods because we haven’t predicted how long the COVID-19 pandemic may last. As the situation evolves, there should be clear communication between managers and staff. These conversations must come to a final agreement on how the upcoming tasks would be handled while ensuring everyone’s safety.
Strict Hygiene Protocols
Pest control requires you to be onsite. This is why strict hygiene protocol must be followed at all times. There are several rules to apply to prevent infection of the Coronavirus. Regular hand washing and sanitising are the most important ones. Wearing full protective gear or PPE in risky areas such as hospitals and clinics and practising social distancing while on the job are crucial.
Adoption of new disinfecting services
As the pandemic becomes more unpredictable, preventative measures, especially cleaning and disinfecting household facilities, are of utmost importance. A new disinfecting service called cold fogging as experts claim that it could be effective against coronavirus, based on current data on its effects against some other hard-to-kill viruses.
Cold foggers use EPA-proven chemicals, transform them from fogging liquid into tiny particles that can reach untouched areas and even disinfect the air. While we need to conduct more research to prove its effectiveness, the CDC still approved it as one of the most effective measures against COVID-19.
If you have any questions about our cold fogging service, feel free to contact our team today! We are fully certified to conduct cold-fogging in both residential and commercial areas.
Being declared a pandemic by The World Health Organization, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting our day-to-day lives unprecedentedly. At the moment, everyone is advised to practice social distancing, work from home and most importantly, take every measure possible to prevent yourself from infection.
As a result, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitisers and soaps fly off the shelf as people pay extra attention to keeping themselves, and accurately, their hands, from germs. However, another entity needs equivalent care: our homes. Here are five reasons why disinfecting your home is as important as washing your hands at this point.
1. Protect yourself and others against the virus
Governments worldwide are highlighting the advice that everyone can stay at home to shield themselves and others from the virus, which means we are spending more time at home than ever. Keeping your home clean and disinfected will diminish the spread of coronavirus or any other kinds of viruses. Even if no one in your family is showing symptoms, the chances of the infection clinging on surfaces in your home are lower. But it doesn’t mean that you can ignore the risk, especially when some members of your household need to leave the house.
Whenever coming home, we bring all germs from the outside through dirty hands, shoes, clothing and phone. Regularly disinfecting surfaces with high traffic such as tables, keyboards, phones, doorknobs or handles, remote controls will reduce the likelihood of the virus transferring to your hands.
It is still unclear how long the virus can survive outside the body, but a study found that it could linger on stainless steel and plastic surfaces for up to three days and cardboard for up to a day. As experts suggest that coronavirus can remain infectious on surfaces for a matter of days, adopting a hygienic routine with daily preventative steps can significantly help to avoid the spread of respiratory viruses. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has released the General Recommendations for Routine Cleaning and Disinfection of Household, which aims at limiting the survival of the virus.
2. Reduce allergies and asthma
Since more and more of us are shifting to studying and working from home, not keeping our carpet, beds and upholsteries, and other areas prone to dampness increases our risk of getting allergies and asthmatic symptoms.
Without proper disinfection, the combination of contaminants from the outdoors you bring back home and dust mites, moulds and pet danders lurking in your interiors can trigger severe allergic reactions, decrease air quality and increase potential asthma problems.
Dr Uma Gavani, an allergy and asthma specialist on staff at Christ Medical Centre, recommended we pay attention to areas with the highest concentration of allergens, such as closets, surfaces and crevices.
3. Keep pests at bay
In messy homes, chances are bugs and rodents can multiply and hide easily and keep you disturbed with their troublesome presence, which holds the threats of disease, bacteria, germs and allergies.
Cockroaches are not just annoying, but they can also host numerous bacteria and parasites that are dangerous to humans and carry them to every corner of your house. Mice can also be a problem for many homes as they can spread diseases to humans, including Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, Salmonella and Hantavirus. While staying at home to break the chain of COVID-19 infection, we should also be aware of protecting ourselves against other diseases by preventing pest infestations before they transform into serious issues.
3. Improving your diet and fitness
Research has proven that women tend to increase their sweets and high-fat foods intake as they face daily hassles or professional stress. A disorganized physical environment and poor hygiene may play a role as well. A team of researchers from Cornell University set up two test kitchens with healthy and unhealthy snacks – one organized and the other messy and disorganized – and discovered that those working in the chaotic kitchen consumed nearly twice as many calories in sweets as those who worked the organized kitchen.
As working from home increases in numbers, those familiar with conventional office space might struggle to adapt to the new work mode and drive their working, daily schedule and physical health into turbulence. Besides avoiding poor workplace postures, spending time roaming around your house and sanitizing every corner can improve your health as it ensures that you are not stuck to your desk or bed typing all day long. You can also embed some simple indoor workouts into your disinfecting routine while your gym might not be currently available.
4. Reduce stress and boredom
Much as we are mindful of the changing circumstances around us, many people are susceptible to boredom and anxiety while practising social distancing and self-quarantine. As various media are encouraging the implementation of mindfulness and wellness routines while staying indoors, keeping your home sanitized by cleaning and wiping out germs from every surface and object also presents in the recommendation list. Not only this could ease your anxiety about viruses existing around you, but it also helps you discover exciting things hiding at unexpected corners.
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