How to virus-proof your condo from COVID-19

More and more people are looking for ways to disinfect their homes as news of the COVID-19 infection continues to spread.

It’s always a good idea to practice the basic guideline of washing your hands thoroughly and social distancing, but as the coronavirus is transmitted via respiratory droplets, the CDC says that current evidence suggests it “may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.” 

Read below some tips on how to prevent every room in your home from infection and suggestions from the CDC (Center for Disease and Control) on how to disinfect and deep-clean:  

Living room

- Leave your shoes at the door. Spray alcohol in the sole of your shoes
- Invest on an air filters

Kitchen

- Disinfect your sponge and sink every after use
- Use different cutting surfaces and knives
- Clean rods of utensils/ tools you’re using
- Avoid eating things with your hands

Bedroom

- Change bed sheets once a week
- Don’t leave used clothes lying around and put it in a hamper. When doing laundry, use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
- Keep separate bedroom for a person who is sick (if possible)

Bathroom

- Wash towels every three days
- Close toilet lid before flushing
-If sharing bathroom with an infected person: clean and disinfect after each use.

Disinfection Tips

Clean first,
disinfect later

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs from surfaces. Disinfecting refers to the use of chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. Both can lower the risk of infection spread, but you should clean first, disinfect after.

Use household cleaners and disinfectants on frequently touched surfaces

Look at tables, doorknobs, light switches and toilets as places to start. Before you disinfect dirty surfaces, clean them with detergent or soap and water.

Don’t use expired products, and don’t mix bleach with any other cleaners.

How to make diluted bleach

To make a bleach solution, mix:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    OR
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute

Wear gloves and make sure you have good ventilation while you clean

Wear disposable gloves and throw them out after you’re done using them.

Clean your hands immediately after the gloves are removed.

Clean your electronics

Phones and tablets are what the CDC calls “high touch” surfaces, so you’re going to want to clean them. You should avoid using rubbing alcohol, disinfectants, or similar sprays because using them can damage the protective coating on your phone’s screen.

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