HOW TO DEEP CLEAN YOUR HOME AFTER THE FLU
While the flu is a common illness, it can pose risks even for healthy adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), otherwise healthy adults who have the flu may be contagious one day before symptoms even develop, and can continue infecting others up to seven days after becoming sick. That’s why you should act fast to prevent germs from spreading if you suspect that someone in your home has the flu. Use this guide from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean to properly clean up after the influenza affects your home.
CLEAN, DISINFECT OR SANITIZE?
Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing are different techniques that reach different levels of cleanliness. Learn the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting to determine which technique can properly eliminate flu germs in your home.
Cleaning is the process of using a soap or spray cleaner product to remove dirt and other impurities from surfaces around your home. Cleaning doesn’t kill germs, but it does reduce their prevalence in your house.
Disinfecting is the process of killing germs on surfaces around your home. This process uses chemicals to eliminate pathogens and disease-causing microorganisms.
Sanitizing is the process of reducing germ levels to a public health and safety standard in order to decrease the risk of infection. While sanitizers can kill the majority of bacteria, it doesn’t eliminate all viruses as well as disinfecting can.
HOW TO DISINFECT AND CLEAN AFTER INFLUENZA
The flu can spread easily from direct contact or by touching a surface that an infected person has previously touched. The good news is that the actual virus itself is relatively easy to kill. Proper cleaning and disinfecting go a long way toward getting rid of any lingering flu germs. Follow these tips to remove norovirus germs from your home:
- Wear gloves when cleaning your home after the flu. You’ll reduce your risk of contracting influenza while you clean up.
- Dispose of waste properly. Keep germs contained by using no-touch trash cans or a simple garbage bag that you move with you from area to area.
- Use disinfectants and cleaners to eliminate and remove germs. Either use a cleaner followed by a water rinse and a disinfectant to properly kill and remove germs, or use a two-in-one cleaner and disinfectant to reduce the number of germs on a surface.
- Take care of high-touch areas first. The areas that are touched and used frequently should be wiped down more often, including bathrooms, dining tables, computer keyboards and cell phones.
Wash clothes, bedding, blankets and stuffed animals. All materials that the person with the flu has slept with should be deep cleaned to properly remove any lingering germs and bacteria.
CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY
Soft surfaces around your home, including carpet flooring and upholstery, often go ignored in favor of cleaning hard surfaces like countertops and bathrooms. Your carpet and upholstery can be hiding places for problematic germs that make other members of the household sick. Follow these tips to remove germs, pathogens and allergens from your home’s soft surfaces:
Vacuum your carpet to remove dust and airborne particles that can cause problems around your home after the flu. Professional carpet cleaning can deep clean your flooring to effectively remove flu germs.
Have your upholstery cleaned by professionals. This can help remove any lingering pathogens from surfaces that someone with the flu has rested on.
If you need help cleaning your home after the flu, call on the experts at ServiceMaster Clean. Our residential cleaning services can help you clean and disinfect hard-to-reach areas to ensure all germs are effectively eliminated. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help keep your home clean. Contact us today at 810-659-4013