Is your home or office a breeding ground for the Flu?
Some of the flu scare is starting to subside as the weather starts to warm up in the Atlanta area, but the chances of getting sick are still there. Many of us don’t think about best practices for staying healthy until someone close to us gets sick. This time of year our clients ask to schedule deep cleanings to disinfect surfaces and frequently used areas where they live or work as preventative step.
For the DIY’ers here are some areas where we focus our efforts when asked to deep clean for clients during flu season:
First, think of areas that are frequently touched… light switches, doorknobs, drawer and cabinet pulls, handrails, faucets, TV and electronic remotes, appliances and shared electronics – keyboards and phones.
Disinfectant wipes are an excellent ways to wipe an area and then toss before moving to a new area. We use color-coded micro-fiber rags for different areas to prevent cross contaminate of areas. It is best practice to spray the cloth and then wipe surfaces; this can avoid possible damages to porous surfaces. It’s always a good idea to change cleaning rags often as you move from room to room.
Be sure to test disinfectants on a small area before wiping an entire surface. Some products can contain solvents that may cause damage… like removing all the letters from your keyboard or TV remote.
There’s no way to guarantee you won’t get sick, but taking those extra precautions like through cleaning common areas and frequently washing hands can go a long way to prevent getting and spreading the flu bug.