July 18, 2022
Whether caring for someone in your household or having tested positive, you may wonder how to clean your house correctly after a COVID-19 recovery.
Cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent reduces the number of germs on surfaces and decreases the risk of infection from surfaces. Disinfection to minimize transmission of COVID-19 at home is likely not needed unless someone in your home is sick or someone positive for COVID-19 has been in your home within the last 24 hours.
Here, we answer these questions and offer practical cleaning tips from the experts to prevent the spread of germs at home. Remember to always refer to your state health authority guidelines.
Let’s begin in the morning,
After eating meals at home,
Do not wear outside shoes inside! Think about the “things” we step on daily. Leave it in the garage. These are simple yet effective habits to create for a peace of mind in your “Happy Place” called HOME!
RJ Patel from PCT Clean
Cleaning your home’s surfaces regularly can help reduce allergens and germs that cause various illnesses. Make sure to use the right type of cleaner for the right job to ensure optimal clean without ruining any surfaces! Use the proper gear and follow label instructions to ensure safe handling. As a paper manufacturer, we recommend using disposable paper towels for cleaning – reusable towels can further spread germs and contaminate already clean surfaces.
Evelyn Simental from Morcon
When hosting international guests, you’ll want to provide a space that is well-kept and clean. Before guests enter the home, make sure all high-touched areas are sanitized thoroughly. These areas include TV remotes, light switches, door handles, and countertops. Presenting a germ-free and overall clean space to your international guests will leave them feeling secure and welcomed at this home away from home.
Angela Rush from TurnoverBnB
Before you even start cleaning it is best to have a plan on how you start, be systematic as possible to prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed with the amount of things to do.
Start by wiping down light fixtures, walls, clean the ceiling and hard to reach spaces. Deep clean the carpets to remove hair, odors and stains, scrub down your kitchen and bathroom from old stains and soap scum but don’t forget to look through the vents as well.
Lastly wipe down the furniture and deodorize the house with your preferred spray to make your home smell and feel extra fresh.
Mark Wang from Moovaz
The easiest way to keep the bad bacteria at bay is to wash you hands regularly – after toileting, after coming back into the home from outdoors, during food preparation, and after cleaning, especially. It’s also important to clean the high touch areas of your home often – door knobs, table surfaces (especially where you prepare food), faucets, fridge door handles, remote controls, your keyboard, your mobile phone, etc. Items that are touched the most often by the most amount of people. Doing your dishes, removing the rubbish, and taking off your shoes to leave them by your front door also prevent bad bacteria from spreading.
Isabel Montoya from BerryClean
There’s never been a more important time to keep your house clean and sanitized. However, keep in mind that cleaning products often have toxic, corrosive or flammable properties.
It’s best to store cleaning products in a cool, dry position – out of direct sunlight. Also keep in mind to store these chemicals away from children and pets, and keep the chemical labels on so all adults in the household know the hazards associated with the product. If you’re handling larger volumes of cleaning products, such as running a home cleaning service, consider investing in a chemical cabinet that can minimize the risk of spills and harmful vapors.
Leisa Andersen from STOREMASTA
The tiring process of cleaning can be made fun for the whole family by using the right cleaning hacks and bringing out that team spirit! Assign tasks to each of the family members and put on some fun music in the background while you are on cleaning duty. Reward your kids with some extra playtime or their favorite candies whenever they contribute to cleaning activities. After the tough cleaning day ends celebrate with your favorite takeaway!
Jennifer Anderson from The Melrose Family
Now that we are back to our normal lives, it is important for us to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. We need to make sure that we are feeling well enough so that we can do what needs to be done without any distractions or obstacles in our way.
You can’t get rid of everything in a day or two. It’s important to take one thing at a time and make sure you’re doing what’s necessary to keep it clean and safe.
Don’t use harsh chemicals on anything that isn’t cloth. Make sure that all surfaces are wiped down regularly with an antibacterial wipe or damp cloth (or both!).
If you have to use chemicals, use them as little as possible and avoid using them when they aren’t necessary (for example, if there’s no visible dirt on the surface).
Keep everything off the floor—especially bedding and rugs—so bacteria don’t get trapped under them!
Vacuum regularly. You might not feel like it, but vacuuming every day can make a huge difference in keeping your house from getting dirty. It’s also good for your back
This means that we need to make sure that our homes are clean and organized at all times so that everyone can enjoy their lives as they were before the pandemic started! It is also important for us to keep our children safe by teaching them how they can protect themselves from being harmed by germs or viruses.
In the aftermath of a pandemic, you may be overwhelmed by the desire to take care of yourself and your loved ones. But before you can do that, you have to keep your home clean! Book a professional cleaner who can give you the right process and most effective machines and solutions for proper sanitation and disinfection.
K. Litonjua from Busy Bee Cleaning Co.
Change clothes and bedding on a regular basis to keep your home free of Covid-19 and other viruses.
Manny from 1 Stop Wash
So we do use ozone system for our laundry which kills bacteria/bed bugs/viruses with a single wash and we keep the laundry sealed as soon as we fold and bag them.
Chandrabhanu Ranaweera from Lav Laundry Service
If you live in a warm and humid climate, certain areas of your home, such as window frames and bathrooms, may be prone to mold growth. Luckily, cleaning these areas regularly can help to prevent the buildup of mold in the first place. In addition to making sure your home is well ventilated, you can use vinegar to clean these mold prone areas, as it has the ability to kill mold spores, and is a safe and all natural cleaning product for most surfaces. You can mix your favorite essential oil to your vinegar solution if you are sensitive to the smell. Simply spray a vinegar and water mixture on the mold prone area, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe it using a microfiber cloth. You can add baking soda to the mixture for extra scrubbing power as well. If mold is already present, make sure to wear a mask when cleaning the area, as mold can be a respiratory irritant, and even gloves and eye protection. You may need to let the vinegar sit for more time to help break down the mold, or spray and scrub at it multiple times.
Evan Blumberg from Mulberry Maids
Add thyme oil to your washing water when you clean cutting boards and kitchen utensils – it’s great for disinfecting food-borne nasties.
Mix white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it to sanitize your kitchen counters and bathrooms – and it’s great for getting rid of mildew too! Add baking soda for more stubborn stains that you need to scrub. Add essential oils of your choice for a heavenly smell – I like tea tree, lemongrass and ylang ylang oils.
Clare from EcoFriendly Link
There are particular blends of essential oils that are very effective in killing off bacteria. Bathrooms can harbor potentially dangerous strains of bacteria that are difficult to kill – even if you do use toxic chemicals – as over time they are becoming more resistant.
Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud and Tea Tree essential oils when combined become a serious force to be reckoned with, together with Green Goddess Premium White Vinegar they are anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial making this a powerful combination for the smallest room of the house.
DIY Bathroom Spray Cleaner
Mix together and put into a spray bottle, shake well and spray onto and around the toilet bowl, clean as usual. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use to ensure the oils are evenly distributed.
After cleaning the toilet with Peppermint Toilet Cleaner I then spray this cleaner around and up under the rim and wipe over any areas around the toilet, I also use this on the vanity and in the shower to give it a good clean clean and help to prevent mould spores from growing.
Triona from Green Goddess
VAPamore Steam Cleaners produce steam with an output temperature between 200 – 210 degrees killing off harmful bacteria and allergens without the use of chemicals. Steam provides a powerful, deep clean for the entire home. From the kitchen, bathroom, garage, backyard BBQ grill, & more, discover the benefits and versatility of steam cleaning. Cleans grout lines on tile, stone floors, and showers enclosures. Kill allergens such as dust mites, spores, mold, and mildew, chemical-free even bed bugs.
Steve Marks from VAPamore
Dry steam cleaning is an easy, efficient, and effective method of cleaning; suitable for domestic, commercial, and industrial settings. Dry pressurized steam with a boiler temperature above 338ºF [170ºC] used in conjunction with quality microfibre, is the perfect cleaning combination for optimal infection prevention. Dry steam cleaning kills over 99.999% of bacteria and pathogens improving cleaning outcomes both visually and microbially. The superior performance of high temperature dry steam drastically reduces contact time required to sanitize hard and soft surfaces.
Preventing the spread of infection and disease starts with microbe elimination. Both influenza A and B viruses can survive on hard nonporous surfaces such as stainless steel and plastic, for up to 48 hrs (The Journal of Infectious Diseases). High temperature dry steam breaks the bond between dirt and surface inactivating and damaging cells. ‘Most yeasts and moulds are heat-sensitive and destroyed by heat treatments at temperatures of 140-160ºF [60-71ºC] (USDA). Similarly, ‘Flu viruses are killed by heat above 167ºF [75ºC]’(CDC). By introducing heat, in the form of dry steam, this process facilitates the elimination of bacteria, parasites and other allergens such as dust mites, bed bugs, mould spores, influenza bacteria, coronavirus and other enveloped viruses.
Kat Downes from Steam Australia
Maids are professionals who work for an employer, usually employed by a cleaning company. Housekeepers typically do housekeeping chores around the home as well laundry and other light maintenance tasks like picking up trash or taking out garbage; they’re not constantly underfoot so much which allows them more freedom than maids have with their employers’ rules because sometimes this means being gone from one’s job site while others will require you be available at all times.
Cinthya Vargas from Nancys Cleaning Services Of Santa Barbara
Life gets busy! Minimize your stress and consider hiring a regular housekeeper to take care of the house cleaning. This is an investment that you won’t regret – it will help ease the burden of keeping on top of cleaning and your home will be sparkling clean! Our team at Household Staffing is ready to help find you the right person to start working in your home.
Starla Smith from Household Staffing
Pets can carry some bacteria and viruses that can possibly make people sick though direct contact such as licking, biting, scratching, or getting in contact with pet’s feces. some diseases transmitted through pets are campylobacter infection, cat scratch disease, rabies, ringworm, toxocariasis and toxoplasmosis. People with a weak immune system have a greater chance of getting sick from these viruses.
To prevent this from happening in your home, it is recommended to follow these indications:
Hernan Romero from X-Act Care
The most essential cleaning products to keep stock for your home are the exact supplies needed to keep your home sanitized and maintained properly. I’d highly advise you to follow the manufacturers recommended products above all else especially if your countertops, floors, wall tile, windows, and/or appliances are new. However, if you’re not aware of these cleaning products, it’s always a safe bet to go with natural, chemical-free cleaners. There are many tips and tricks found online for using peroxide, rubbing alcohol, baking soda, and bleach, but I’d be very careful as you should always consider the surface that you’re cleaning.
Here is a good cleaning supply list for homes:
-Stacey from A Janitor’s Story