Germs are everywhere. You have probably heard this common phrase a couple of times. This is so because our current lifestyles make it easy to move germs from the outside world into our homes. As a result, they end up causing deadly infections that will cost you an arm and a leg to treat. In fact, most of these germs are responsible for almost all diseases that your family members may suffer from. However, their prevalence does not mean that you cannot get rid of them from your immediate environment.
Germs are capable of surviving for several days on household surfaces like sinks, kitchen tables, chopping boards and toilet seats. However, it is worth noting that kitchen tables and electronics carry more germs than a toilet seat. You can imagine the risk that you expose yourself to when you interact with these items, sometimes even in the middle of a meal! This is the main reason why it is integral that you clean and disinfect your house or office space on a regular basis.
How does disinfecting help?
Disinfecting is reducing or killing germs. It is important that you disinfect your home regularly more so when a family member or roommate is unwell. Most of the time, normal cleaning using soap and water will not be effective and you might need some additional chemicals capable of eliminating even the most stubborn germs.
There are many types of disinfectants available in the market today. Although they come in different forms, with the most common being powder and liquid, you have to use them in the right manner in order to get the desired results.
What areas of a home should you disinfect?
According to Joe Modibe of cleaning service Cape Town, your bathroom and kitchen are some of the areas with the highest percentage of deadly germs. Your upholstery and door handles follow up closely on the list of the most contaminated places in the house. Refrigerators and food cupboards are other places that are next on the list since some of the most common disease-causing bacterium, E-coli and Salmonella, originate from soft cheeses and chicken respectfully.
Moreover, some viruses such as the rhinovirus, rotavirus and flu – that are responsible for vomiting, cold symptoms and muscle aches, thrive well in bathrooms’ humid hence conducive atmosphere.
Which is the best disinfectant to use?
Many disinfectants, whether in spray or powder form, will work perfectly. To many, personal preference therefore plays a major role when choosing among such. To professionals, this is not true. Most professional cleaners insist that the target areas should determine the disinfectant type. For example, it would be difficult to use a disinfectant in its powder form in areas like toilet seats that are irregularly shaped. According to Joe, different types of disinfectants should be used in the following manner:
- antibacterial sprays
As one of the most widely used disinfectants, it is uncommon to find most people misusing antibacterial sprays. This type of disinfectant is more effective in surfaces that have obvious dirt. However, before using it, you have to make sure that you get rid of the visible dirt with a damp soapy cloth first. Afterwards, apply the disinfectant according to the manufacturer’s guidelines since not all of them work in a similar manner. Do not rinse the treated surface, as this will wash off applied the disinfectant.
- Disinfectant Wipes
When using wipes, you have to get rid of any visible or obvious dirt from a surface by using a damp cloth rinsed in soapy water. Take your antibacterial wipes and wipe the surfaces carefully while paying attention to all the crevices. As it is the case with most disinfectants, you are not required to dry the cleaned surfaces with a cloth. However, if stated otherwise on the product instructions, feel free to do so.
How often should I use disinfectants?
Cleaning your home or office is a task that needs to be undertaken as regularly as possible. However, given that most individuals have busy lifestyles, they find it difficult to conduct thorough cleaning as often as they should. To ensure that you are on the safe side and free from the looming dangers of contracting diseases, you have to use disinfectants regularly in the following manner:
- You should clean your refrigerators, door handles and toilet flush with a disinfectant at least once a week since they are more susceptible to germs infestations. Your bathroom and laundry area also fall in this category.
- Ensure that you clean and disinfect your kitchen table after every meal preparation. You should also clean and disinfect your chopping board after use especially when cooking raw meat or eggs. According to Joe’s advice on the importance of disinfectants, abiding by these measures is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
- If this is too much a task for your busy lifestyle, you should consider letting the professionals do it for you. Joe says that from as low as R500 a sweep, you can save a lot of time and make your home or office a safer place to be.