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COVID-19 Household Cleaning Advice

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) recommends keeping a clean and hygienic household, frequent hand washing and avoidance of touching face and other orifices. As a Maintenance Service with 30 years of experience, providing environmental services for medical centers and hospitals throughout the Illinois, we thought a detailed guide for the average homeowner, would be helpful in the effort to effectively clean their home.

You’ll need the following Tools a clean bucket that you can easily move from room to room, hot water, soap, rubber gloves, rags for both washing and drying.

Some basic safety considerations: 

  • Always test an inconspicuous area to be cleaned first to avoid any damage to surfaces 
  • Unplug any electrical appliances, and wipe down with a damp cloth, do NOT soak.

General instructions 

The COVID-19 Virus is transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces, washing and repeatedly damp wiping surfaces frequently touched by household members can reduce the chances of transmission. The emphasis should be placed on household items that are touched on a daily basis for example: 

Door Handles wash the knob, padlock face, and a one to two-foot area surrounding the handle on both the interior and exterior. Clean with your Eyes, if it looks dirty or has fingerprints, you’ll need to clean it.

In the bathroom 

  • Both sides of the door handle
  • The entire sink area with special attention to the faucet and handles
  • The entire toilet, with special attention to the toilet seat and handle don’t forget the tissue roll holder
  • Shower doors or machine wash of the shower curtain
  • Towel racks

In the kitchen: 

  • All touch surfaces within the kitchen area, this would include cabinet handles and drawer pulls
  • Refrigerator handles and interior drawer’s and shelves
  • Oven and microwave handles knobs touchpads
  • The face of the dishwasher and if equipped garbage compactor

In the laundry 

  • All control surfaces for both the washer and dryer
  • The lids and doors for both the washer and dryer
  • The handle of the lint trap
  • The bottle handles of all detergents, fabric softeners etc

Other household areas and items that are often overlooked 

  • The TV remote (remove the batteries first)
  • The DVD player and video game consoles controllers
  • Computer Printer Mouse and mouse pad
  • Telephones
  • Kitchen chairs and other chair someone would pull out to use
  • The mailbox
  • Closet doors
  • Dresser drawer handles
  • Personal grooming items
  • Everything you touch in your Car
  • Your cell phones and tablets, remove them from any protective cases and clean separately

Other considerations: 

As COVID-19 is an airborne virus, we recommend replacing the filter element in the HVAC system, on a minimum of a monthly basis. The 3M Company manufactures a high-quality filtration element available to fit most styles and sizes of “furnace filters”. Their technology claims to filter out airborne particulates bacteria and viruses. https://www.filtrete.com/

We would also recommend that residents have their HAVAC ducts cleaned, especially if they have not been cleaned in the last 2-5 years. HVAC ductwork can be a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and viruses. We also highly recommend that the dryer ventilation duct be inspected/cleaned/replaced, and the ventilation duct above the stove. 

While you’re on your COVID-19 Spring cleaning mission, it’s a good idea to check/replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.