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Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home Part 3
Welcome back to part three of our series on cleaning and disinfecting your home. We are happy to see that you are back and invite you to check out the last and final series part four after this one.
As the coronavirus continues to carry on, it is vital that we take the time to clean and disinfect to keep ourselves healthy and free from the virus. In the previous parts, we talked about what to use to clean and disinfect and also how to clean soft surfaces and electronics. Let’s go ahead and dive right into this series’ content.
It is vital that you take proper care of your laundry to ensure that all of the items are disinfected and clean. For all linens, towels, clothing, and other similar items, you want to follow these steps:
- Wear disposable gloves as you move the laundry of someone who is sick
- Always wash and dry the items according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
- Use the hottest settings possible on the wash and dryer, but never go above what the manufacturer recommends
- Disinfect and clean any linen hampers immediately
- Never shake the dirty laundry
- Dirty laundry that comes from a sick person CAN be washed with other people’s laundry
- ALWAYS throw away the gloves when you are done
Clean Your Hands Often
When you should clean your hands:
- Before you make or eat food
- Immediately after you remove gloves from your hands
- If you come into contact with a sick person
- After you contact pets or animals
- After the use of the restroom
- After you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose
- Before and after you provide care to an infant or child
ALWAYS wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds!
If you do not have any soap available to use, you can utilize hand sanitizer as long as it has a minimum of 60 percent alcohol in it. If your hands are visibly dirty, you should only use soap and water to clean them. When you do use hand sanitizer, make sure to allow your hands to dry completely.
HVAC, Filtration, and Ventilation
The filtration and ventilation provided by your HVAC unit can spread molecules and particles, which means keeping your HVAC unit clean can help to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Take these steps to ensure a healthy HVAC system:
Run the system fan continuously or for long periods. Many systems allow you to set them to run even when the unit is not running
- Make sure your HVAC filter is installed properly
- Improve the ventilation within your home with fresh air
- Open windows, when possible
- Utilize a window unit with an outdoor air vent or intake
- Use the bathroom exhaust fan
- Utilize an air purifier in your home
- Avoid having fans blow directly on one another as this could help spread the virus
- NEVER use an ozone generator in an occupied space
One of the most important things for you to remember is that simply running your HVAC system, increasing ventilation, and using an air purifier are NOT enough to stop the spread of COVID-19, but it can help.
Want to learn more? Check out the last and final blog within this series: Part IV.