Huntington Beach Homeowners: Coronavirus Tips For Your Home
Our team at Westpoint Property Management hope you and your family are healthy and safe during this time. You are doing your part during the coronavirus pandemic by sheltering in place as much as possible and maintaining social distancing when you go out for supplies. While those strategies limit the spread of the disease, you also need to keep your home clean.
Preliminary research shows that COVID-19 can remain on surfaces for days, so you need to follow some coronavirus cleaning tips. A little extra cleaning can protect you and the people that you love from the virus. Learn some of the most important coronavirus tips to follow at home.
Clean and Then Disinfect All Surfaces
You need to clean and then disinfect the surfaces in your home. Cleaning the surfaces first allows the disinfectant to work properly, so begin by using soap and water to remove all dirt and grime. Make sure you wear disposable gloves while doing this in case the surfaces contain the novel coronavirus.
Once the surfaces are clean, remove and dispose of the gloves and wash your hands. Put on a fresh pair of gloves and disinfect the surfaces. You can use disinfecting wipes such as Lysol or Clorox wipes for this or use a disinfectant spray. You can also make your own disinfectant.
How to Make a Disinfectant
It can be hard to find disinfecting wipes and sprays at the store right now. People all over Huntington Beach are loading up on supplies, including items used to clean the home.
If you can’t find any disinfectants at the store, you can make your own spray. Mix four teaspoons of bleach with a quart of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake it up.
Then, spray it on the surfaces you just cleaned and let it stay there for ten minutes. Finally, use a wet cloth to wipe the solution off the surface.
Clean High Touch Surfaces Daily
High touch surfaces are the places that you touch multiple times a day. You need to clean and disinfect high touch surfaces every day. This includes:
- Light switches
- Remote controls
- Hardbacked chairs
While you need to clean and disinfect these spots at least once a day, it’s even better to do it twice. Consider starting and ending each day by cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces. This is one of the most important coronavirus tips for keeping your home clean.
Cleaning Your Smartphone – What You Need to Know
Researchers have discovered that cell phones carry more bacteria than most toilet seats. That means cleaning your phone should be a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check with your phone manufacturer to find out how to clean it. Most can be cleaned with disinfectant wipes but cannot be submerged in cleaning solutions. You also need to take special care to avoid getting liquid in the charging port. If you do, your phone could stop working.
Change and Wash Your Clothes
You might spend most of your time in your pajamas when sheltering in place, but you have to throw on real clothes to go to the grocery store and get supplies. You should wash your clothes when you arrive home to avoid spreading germs throughout your house.
Tips for Washing Clothes
Don’t shake your clothing before putting it in the washing machine. If the virus is on your clothes, shaking them could cause it to fly through the air infecting you and your family. Instead, put your clothing directly in the washing machine and use the warmest appropriate setting possible. Then, dry your clothes completely after they finish washing.
Don’t Forget Your Linens
You also need to clean your linens frequently during the pandemic. Don’t reuse any towels, including hand towels. Put the towels in the washing machine after a single use.
If that is not possible, each member of the household needs to have his or her own towel for drying the hands. You should also wash your bed sheets regularly. While research has yet to show how long the virus can live on linens, it is still wise to take this coronavirus safety precaution.
Ventilate Your Home
You are going to do a lot of cleaning in the coming months. You don’t want to get overwhelmed by the smell of cleaning supplies, so open a window to ventilate your home. This is beneficial regarding the virus as well. Proper ventilation makes it harder for the virus to spread, so breathe some fresh air.
Stay Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning at home. Your home will be ready for visitors once the shelter-in-place order is lifted, and you’ll also be less likely to get sick. Use these coronavirus tips as a guide as you get rid of germs in your home. Also, if you have any additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Huntington Beach property management company for guidance.