In these uncertain times, it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to figure out what you need to clean and how ofter you should be cleaning to keep your family safe from COVID 19. We have put together this helpful blog post with tips for how to keep you and your family (or friends and roommates) safe from the COVID 19 virus. We’ve consulted the Center for Disease Control’s website and complied this list for you directly from the experts in our government, for more info from the CDC visit here.
• Clean surfaces using soap and water. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
High touch surfaces include:
Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
Use diluted household bleach solutions if appropriate for the surface. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
• 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
• 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
• Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
• Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
Many products recommend:
• Keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed.
• Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
• For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes
• Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
• Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
• For clothing, towels, linens and other items
• Wear disposable gloves.
• Wash hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves.
• Do not shake dirty laundry.
• Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
• Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
• Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces.
Clean hands often
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
• Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person.
• Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly dirty, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
Additional key times to clean hands include:
• After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
• After using the restroom
• Before eating or preparing food
• After contact with animals or pets
• Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Dedicated, lined trash can: If possible, dedicate a lined trash can for the ill person. Use gloves when removing garbage bags, and handling and disposing of trash. Wash hands afterwards.
We hope this list of helpful tips for keeping your home clean and your family safe gives you more piece-of-mind as we face the somewhat uncertain times ahead. If you’re ever interested in speaking with a Mortgage Loan Originator here at EPM, contact us today, we’re happy to discuss your financial needs and how we may be able to help you! Click here to visit us online or give us a call toll-free at 877-255-3554. We’re here to help you!