As cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in many parts of the US, preventative measures are becoming increasingly important. One of the most important actions you can take to prevent the spread of Coronavirus is to continually disinfect the surfaces in your space, both at home and in your workspace. The most common way to do this is to use popular household cleaning products. While using cleaning products seems simple, many people believe that merely spraying a disinfectant onto a surface and then wiping it away immediately with a dry rag will do the trick. This is not the case. Whether you’re still staying home, or are commuting to work here are some guidelines to follow:
Both the EPA and the CDC have created guidelines on how to properly disinfect your space and use cleaning supplies. The EPA’s guide includes 6 steps to ensure you are using disinfecting sprays effectively. These steps are as follows: Ensure that your product is EPA-approved. Thoroughly read through and follow the directions. Be sure to pre-clean the surface, if directed to do so. Follow the contact-time. Wear gloves and wash your hands. Lock your cleaning products away from children.
Disinfecting High-Touch Surfaces
The CDC’s guidelines build onto these steps by providing more detailed instructions on how to clean and disinfect different surfaces. They recommend frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces including:
- Light switches
- Handheld electronic devices
Since handheld electronics are often the most used items in your daily live, and therefore the most touched, the CDC suggests putting a wipeable cover on electronics, following the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting (if no guidance is provided, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol), and drying the surface thoroughly.
They also provide steps for cleaning soft surface like carpets and couches. These steps include cleaning the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces, laundering items if possible, using EPA-approved disinfecting sprays, and vacuuming as normal. They echo the EPA’s instructions to wear gloves and wash your hands frequently while cleaning and add that you should wear a face mask.
Sanitizing your Workplace
Additionally, if you are going into an office to work, the CDC has provided COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings. Some of the most notable tips from this article include identifying where in your office building you may be most at risk for exposure to COVID, and making adjustments to mitigate these risks. This can be done by limiting the number of employees allowed in communal spaces at one time, requiring the use of face masks in the building, and adjusting furniture and seating arrangements to adhere to social distancing.
The above are just some examples of the many ways you can ensure you are cleaning and disinfecting your space efficiently. Social distancing and the use of face masks are still just as important as proper cleaning. Check out the full articles linked above for more detailed information on keeping yourself and others safe from infection.
For more tips on keeping yourself safe read our article on proper hand washing.