How to Properly Disinfect Your Home

Properly disinfecting your home has become more important now than ever before. However, effectively ridding your home of viruses and germs requires more than just spraying your surfaces with a disinfectant and calling it a day. In order to truly disinfect your home, you need to know when, where, and how you disinfect. Read on to learn more:

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

Before we get into the ins and outs of disinfecting, we must first cover the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.

  • Cleaning a surface means you are removing all of the dirt, dust, and grime that has built up over time.
  • Disinfecting a surface means you are removing any bacteria and/or viruses that are living on that particular surface.

Finding the right products

Not all disinfectants are created equal. Some kill certain germs while others do not. For example, one disinfectant may be able to kill influenza, but unable to kill the coronavirus. In order to find the right product, check the label for the EPA registration number, and then search for it on the EPA’s website to see what it’s effective against.

How to disinfect

In addition to buying the right products, you must also use those products correctly. Many homeowners simply spray the disinfectant onto a surface and wipe it immediately. This, however, is ineffective, as the disinfectant needs time to kill any viruses or bacteria living on the surface. Check your product’s instructions to see how long it must sit on the surface before you can wipe it down. Then, when you wipe it down, be sure you’re wearing gloves to protect your hands, as many disinfectants can cause contact dermatitis.

Where to disinfect

Any surfaces that are frequently used or touched should be regularly disinfected. This includes the following:

  • Door handles
  • Countertops
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Tables
  • Hard dining chairs
  • Light switches
  • Remote controls
  • Railings

When to Disinfect

Disinfecting your home regularly will ensure that you keep viruses and bacteria at bay. Disinfect high-touch surfaces (such as the ones above) once a day, and low-touch surfaces every other day. You should also disinfect after coming home from shopping or the grocery store, as it’s easy to track in germs after being out for even a few hours.

Properly disinfecting your home can be a real chore, especially for busy families who may not have the time, or seniors who are unable to do it themselves. At Love My Maids, we offer disinfecting services for homes and businesses in the Arlington, TX area. To learn more, contact us today!

Ginger Whitson