Tips for Disinfecting Your Home
Keeping a clean and tidy household is the goal of many. The idea of a pristine, organized, and cleanly home is something people work hours a day to achieve. The thought of grimy surfaces and dirt littering a home abrade many considering themselves to be clean, organized individuals. Especially now, during the global COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are concerning themselves with learning proper cleaning and disinfection methods.
One issue that commonly stands in the way of a perfectly clean and safe household is the misunderstanding of the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning, as defined by the CDC, is “the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It doesn’t kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.” The CDC defines disinfection as, “Using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.” Explore the below tips for disinfecting your home after cleaning it.
General Disinfecting Considerations
When disinfecting, there are always crucial things to keep in mind for proper, safe, and effective disinfection. No matter what types of surfaces you are planning to disinfect around your home, be sure to keep a few main things in consideration for best results.
Below are a few general tips for any disinfection pursuit:
- Always wear reusable or disposable gloves to protect your hands and skin from overexposure to chemicals and from dirt and germs while disinfecting.
- Clean before disinfecting. Soap and water mixtures are perfect for cleaning surfaces in preparation for disinfection.
- If you are able to launder items, do so according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and do so on the warmest heat the item can withstand. Dry all items thoroughly.
- After disinfecting anything, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Ensure there is proper ventilation in your home before disinfecting begins.
- Don’t mix chemical products without proper research.
- Label all disinfectant solutions for extra safety.
- Never store chemicals or any type of disinfectant within reach of children or pets.
While the general recommendations listed above are beneficial to disinfection, you should also consider these more specific recommendations. These tips listed above are especially important now in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Recommendations for Disinfecting High-Touch Surfaces
High-touch surfaces should be disinfected daily in household applications. Below are a few examples of common high-touch surfaces in a home:
- Tablets, phones, laptops
- Doorknobs and light switches
Disinfecting Considerations for Electronics
Electronics are a part of everyday life. Most homes use TVs, AI personal assistants, touch-screen cell phones, computers, and so much more. Some home appliances even have touch screens and built-in AI devices such as thermostats and refrigerators. Below are a couple things to keep in mind when cleaning electronics:
- Consider covering electronic touch screens with a protective film so you can better disinfect them without harming the electronic parts.
- Check manufacturer instructions before disinfecting electronics.
- Disconnect all electronics from power sources or remove batteries if possible before disinfecting them.
When disinfecting electronics, it’s often no different from disinfecting other hard surfaces. Most electronics are built without easy access to power sources or areas that could potentially become damaged by moisture. When using a disinfectant solution, always take the advice and precautions of the manufacturer in mind. With an electrostatic sprayer, you can often find a whole and effective coverage with merely a thin layer of disinfectant. This is a disinfecting option with great potential for electronics.
Disinfecting Hard Surfaces
Disinfecting hard surfaces is something most people think they do properly, but they could be missing vital areas if using outdated household disinfection methods. Most households still use a general spray bottle filled with disinfectant solution. There are advancements in technology that allow for quicker and more effective disinfecting process. Below is an overview of the most efficient way to disinfect: the electrostatic sprayer that uses technology to charge its particles for a more efficient coverage.
Electrostatic sprayers are the newest and most effective in disinfecting technology. These handheld sprayers are lightweight, easy to use, and extremely effective. Once the user fills the tank with an EPA-registered disinfectant solution, they can begin spraying. The electrostatic sprayer charges the disinfectant particles, so they wrap around and adhere to conductive surfaces. That means 360 degrees of coverage.
Electrostatic sprayers work by charging the disinfectant solution so that the particle will wrap and adhere to conductive surfaces for an even and efficient disinfection process. The use of technology coupled with convenience creates a trustworthy product you can rely on.
Electrostatic sprayers are the best option for an optimally disinfected home. Baker Cleaning Solutions provides our customers with effective and safe electrostatic handheld sprayers and EPA-registered disinfectant solution to use in them. Our electrostatic sprayers are designed to spray continuously for up to four hours before needing to be recharged. Our products are effective, efficient, and convenient for your application and your household.
Electrostatic spraying is the new standard in household disinfection, and electrostatic sprayers aren’t just for large applications. Now that there are easy-to-maneuver and lightweight handheld sprayers available, household use has never been easier. Remember that while both are essential, cleaning and disinfecting are fundamentally different processes that accomplish distinct objectives. Cleaning should be completed prior to disinfection for the best results.
There are countless considerations for ensuring your home is properly disinfected. Baker Cleaning Solutions offers EPA-registered disinfectant solutions that work perfectly in our professional cordless electrostatic sprayers. Contact us today for more information on our product line and for help in deciding which electrostatic sprayer is right for your household’s disinfection needs. We aim to provide the best products that work for your application and needs. Below are a few sources we recommend for learning more tips for disinfecting your home.