The best cleaning products to buy during the COVID-19 period.


The coronavirus pandemic has changed society in many ways, including altering the

cleaning and hygiene regimes in many households. If you are aiming to keep the virus at bay

in your home or office space while still being able to maintain as much normality as possible,

you will need the right cleaning products to assist you in your efforts. While person-to-person

transmission of COVID-19 poses a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces; the

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch

surfaces at least once a day, even if you are not leaving the house or office. That’s because

anytime items or people come in and out of your home, there’s some possibility of exposure

and infection.



According to the World Health Organization, regular household cleaning and disinfection

products will effectively eliminate the virus from household surfaces. Cleaning and

disinfecting households, offices and schools with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 surface

virucidal disinfectants, such as 0.05% sodium hypochlorite (NaCIO) and products based on

ethanol (at least 70%), should be used.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered disinfectants, to kill germs on

surfaces which further reduces the risk of spreading infection. We will further look into these

products.


Hand wash and sanitizer

Firstly, we need to know and never forget about hand hygiene as hand hygiene is one of the

pillars of infection control. It was recognised as far back as the nineteenth century as

essential to prevent spread of infections in hospitals – even before it was understood that

microorganisms were responsible for causing diseases. Today, after a year of the COVID-19

pandemic, virtually everyone in the world is aware of the need for hand hygiene to help

prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The WHO (World Health Organization) and

governments have heavily promoted the need for regularly cleaning hands to prevent

transmission to surfaces by infected people and from contaminated surfaces.


Washing with soap and water using the correct technique for 20 seconds is still the preferred

method of cleaning hands. This is recommended by WHO (World Health Organization) and

national health authorities. The action of the soap, water and rubbing every part of your hand


for 20 seconds loosens any dirt and captures it along with any transient skin microorganisms

in the foam. Then rinsing removes the dirt with the microorganisms and flushes them down

the sink.

Hand sanitizer has a chemical called Isoprophyl which can provide an effective and

convenient product for killing or inactivating microorganisms as long as they are used

properly, because hand sanitizer has a high percentage of alcohol – which means using the

right quantity, covering the hands properly and with the right length of time on the skin for

alcohol-based formulae. Here at Effective Cleaning Services, we make sure we sanitize our

hands before entering the building and having hand sanitizers on every workable desk.


Bleach

Bleach is one of the best household cleaners to use with any virus as it has a chemical

called Hydrogen peroxide. Most households and cleaning companies already have and use

this extremely common item, even me myself I use it on a day-to-day basis. When cleaning,

mix half a cup of bleach with a gallon of hot water. Wipe down surfaces like tables, hard-

backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remote handles, desks, toilets and sinks.

Remember its safer to keep this mixture away from fabric as it may discolour the fabric. This

includes rugs, couches and curtains.

Products that I recommend you may use that are also approved by the EPA are Clorox

Clean-Up All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach and Clorox Regular Liquid Bleach – Clorox is on

EPA’s approved list of cleaning products. It is meant to be used on non-porous surfaces.


Disinfecting Sprays

Cleaning items labelled as a “disinfectant” are designed to kill a range of bacteria and

viruses. The product label will tell you if your disinfectant kills cold and flu viruses. When

dealing with disinfectant you need to look and find out if the CDC recommends you search

for products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims for killing COVID-19.

Spray disinfectants like Lysol Disinfecting Spray, kills up to 99.9% of fungi, viruses and

bacteria. Simply spray the possibly infected areas, like doorknobs and furniture, and let the

spray do its work, making cleaning easier.


Disinfecting wipes

Disinfectant wipes have a few perks, like how they can be used on electronics including

smartphones, tablets and remote controls that are magnets for germs and bacteria. They are

also easy-to-use, making them perfect for use in your home and office, as well as on the go.

Pre-wetted disposable wipes do not require users to dilute concentrated disinfectants or

determine how much solution needs to be applied to a surface. Remember not to follow a

disinfectant wipe with a dry paper towel in an effort to dry the surface quicker. That leftover

residue from the wipe continues disinfecting as you walk away and will dry on its own.

Simple procedures that specify when to use a new disposable wipe can be implemented to

reduce risk that a reusable wipe would be used in multiple rooms, which can increase risk of

cross-contamination. Like many cleaning products like Lysol Disinfecting Wipes can be

saved in your cart but purchased in store only, which is recommended and approved by the

EPA.

A while after using effective virus-killing products, it’s important to follow the proper

techniques to thoroughly disinfect surfaces. The EPA advises letting the product sit and

remain wet on surfaces or objects for 10 minutes, and that will kill 99.9 percent of germs.


The types of cleaning products you decide to use are purely an issue of your preference as it

all comes down to what works for you and what’s easiest to use. As we’re cleaning more and

kids are around more due to quarantine, pay attention to the safety aspect and make sure

that they’re stored out of sight and out of reach as it may be extremely dangerous and

seriously harm people.

If you are wondering about what to buy to keep your home clean during the pandemic, or

you simply want to know more … than contact Effective Cleaning Services:

https://www.effectivecleaningservices.ie/

Give us a call on 021 202 1153 to speak to one of our friendly consultants that can talk you

through with the services we can offer you.




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