Disinfecting your home after Coronavirus exposure is a critical step to reduce the risk of spread of the virus to others in your household. We are all familiar with how to normally clean our home: remove the dirt and wipe down the surfaces. But a professional Coronavirus disinfection goes deeper than simply cleaning surfaces; it requires specific disinfecting cleaners. Professional disinfection services utilize hospital-grade cleaning solutions to provide in-depth sterilization of surfaces. For eligible users, NCH will send professional Coronavirus disinfection services from providers in your area. For households that have not been exposed to Coronavirus and want to keep it that way, you can clean your home yourself by followingCDC andEPA recommended guidelines.
As you decide on the best disinfection approach for your home, keep these facts about Coronavirus from the University of Rochester to keep in mind:
Coronavirus can live on surfaces for several days.
Normal cleaning efforts may not kill the virus.
You should first clean (remove dirt) and then disinfect (kill the virus). Disinfection works best on clean surfaces.
Choose a disinfectant that will kill the virus.
Cleaners can hurt you if not used correctly.
If you decide to disinfect your home yourself, disinfect with:
Disinfecting cleaners (a full list of disinfectants can be found on theEPA’s website of List N products).
Diluted household bleach. Add ⅓ to ½ cup of bleach to 1 gallon of cold water. Note: diluted bleach is only effective for a day. You will need to mix a new batch of diluted bleach after 24 hours.
3% hydrogen peroxide
70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
Disinfectants are poison. Always wear protective gloves and eyewear when working with disinfectants, protect your skin from exposure, open a window and turn on fans to ventilate the space when cleaning.
Even diluted bleach can cause breathing problems, asthma attacks, skin burns, or poisoning if not used properly.
Never mix cleaners or chemicals like ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol. This can create poisonous gases.
Read and follow all instructions on disinfectant containers.
How to disinfect your space:
Wet the clean surface with disinfectant. Use a cloth not a sponge. If you use a spray bottle, set the spray to stream not mist.
Let the disinfectant sit on the surface for 5 minutes. The surface must stay wet for the disinfectant to work. If it dries too quickly, put more on.
Rinse well with clean water.
Wipe or let air dry.
Self-cleaning and disinfection may be adequate to prevent Coronavirus infection, especially if no one in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19. For households where there are confirmed cases, however, professional disinfection services are the best way to ensure that your home is fully sanitized and protected against Coronavirus. For eligible users, NCH will send a professional disinfection service from providers in your area. To book services, register on NCH and check your eligibility for free services. The NCH booking engine will provide you a professional disinfection service provider.
Professional disinfection services are commonly used in public spaces and businesses, but the Coronavirus outbreak has seen a sharp rise in the use of professional disinfection for residential homes. According to theWall Street Journal, professional disinfection companies report that requests for home disinfection services have more than doubled since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Coronavirus disinfection services typically use an electrostatic sprayer or pump spray to deliver hospital-grade, EPA registered disinfectants. For some environments, a fogger device may be utilized to release a light mist of disinfectant throughout the room in addition to spraying directly onto surfaces. Air scrubbers, which are high-powered air filters, may be deployed to help clean air particles, where the Coronavirus is most likely to be transmitted. Some disinfection services will clean the home before disinfection; others will request that surface cleaning be completed before the disinfection service arrives.
Coronavirus cleaners will adhere to CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of Coronavirus, including wearing PPE (personal protective equipment). Depending on the disinfectant method used, cleaners may wear a high powered respirator to protect themselves from the disinfectant fumes. For most disinfection services, you will need to leave your home for the duration of the service (typically about an hour) to give the disinfection team space to work and, most importantly, to avoid breathing in the fumes from the disinfectant chemicals.
There is no scientific research on the effectiveness of disinfectant foggers in killing Coronavirus specifically in residential homes. However, a 2017study that looked at the effectiveness of disinfectant foggers in killing two other common viruses found that fogging with commercial disinfectant chemicals was able to inactivate viruses in hard-to-reach places. While not a replacement for cleaning and daily disinfection by members of the household, professional Coronavirus disinfection services may be the best way to ensure that your home is free of Coronavirus after infection. Use the NCH service to book local Coronavirus disinfection services.
For patients, NCH is a treatment center for Coronavirus and common health issues. You can book a telehealth appointment with a doctor, speak with a therapist in a video call or get a professional disinfection for your home.
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