Disinfecting After COVID: A Smart, Low-Maintenance Routine for Safety
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been told to improve and increase our cleaning and disinfecting habits and to social distance as much as we can. While the measures we have taken have doubtless helped many people stay safe, people still come into contact with viral matter. The CDC has reported that tens of thousands of people contract the disease every week.
Clearly, COVID-19 exposure is something we need to prepare for, and we know how to clean to prevent the disease as much as possible.
Here’s our question: What do you do after you’ve gotten COVID-19? Does your need for clean surfaces disappear?
Cleaning Your Home After COVID-19 Exposure
The short answer? No. In fact, it might be even more important to clean your home thoroughly and consistently after you know someone you love has exhibited symptoms (or a positive test).
Now that you know what you’re dealing with, it’s time to ensure that your environment is totally free of any viral matter. While the recurrence rate is relatively low, you don’t want anyone else in your home to get infected.
Let’s talk strategy. Now is the time to invest in your ongoing disinfection and deep-cleaning routine. You’re going to want to cover three bases: Your hands, your surfaces, and your general environment.
Protecting Hand Hygiene Yields Healthy Outcomes
Experts have linked good hand sanitation and hygiene to safety when it comes to COVID-19 viral transmission. The World Health Organization went as far as to call hand washing ”an effective tool to prevent COVID-19”. Just because someone in your home has already had the disease doesn’t mean it’s time to stop this practice.
After all, if your immune system is busy battling COVID-19, you don’t want to pick up another illness when you touch a contaminated surface and then brush your face. (Touching our faces is a reflex; we just can’t help it!) Your best strategy is to keep your surfaces and your hands as clean as possible.
Your best tool for hand hygiene will be a soap that has active antibacterial ingredients as well as gentle moisturizing properties to keep your skin’s natural oils intact. We recommend trying MicroGold® Waterless Hand Soap, which kills 99.99% of germs and is alcohol free so you don’t have to worry about dry hands. The antibacterial properties last up to four hours, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control on the active ingredient benzalkonium chloride.
Sanitizing Your Surfaces Strategically Keeps You Safe
When selecting solutions geared to help you remove the viral matter from your environment, you need to think first about your goals. It’s safe to say that you want to keep your surfaces clean both now and later, right?
That’s where a quick primer on terminology might come in handy.
A disinfectant is a substance that kills microorganisms. This type of solution provides a “mechanical kill.” This is good — but for lasting effects, you’ll want to pair that action with a “chemical kill” —antimicrobial surface coating that continues to kill viruses and germs for an extended period.
Pro tip: If you stock your home with an antimicrobial disinfectant that you can trust, you’ll have a simple, low-maintenance solution to get both jobs done at the same time.
Find an All-Purpose Product for Effective, Universal Cleanliness
If you’re looking for a simple, efficient way to render any hard, non-porous surface in your household, kitchen or bathroom completely clean, it’s time to seek an
Trust the MicroGold Suite of Time-Tested Products to Keep Your Home Secure
Wondering where to start when it comes to cleaning after COVID? MicroGold® All-Purpose Cleaner; it kills 99.9% of bacteria, including cold and flu viruses, and it’s on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)”. MicroGold® Multi-Action Disinfectant Antimicrobial Spray is tested and proven effective to kill the COVID-19 virus, and it uses both a disinfectant to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria and a powerful Si-Quat antimicrobial when properly applied to hard non-porous surfaces. Finally, MicroGold® Waterless Hand Soap cleans away dirt, grime and eliminates 99.9% of germs, and its antibacterial properties last up to four hours, according to a study in the American Journal of infection control on the active ingredient. It’s a trifecta that’ll keep you and yours feeling safe, no matter what you’re dealing with.