The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is steadily climbing. It's possible that someone residing in the same home may be infected. How can the other occupants be protected?
The coronavirus can survive on surfaces for up to 17 days and people infected by the virus may not display symptoms until approximately two weeks after infection, making it difficult to track and contain. That's why it's important to watch for the first signs of symptoms and take immediate action to protect others from contracting the virus.
There are guidelines from the CDC that advise on proper procedures to avoid passing on the virus to others. The ill person should remain isolated from others in the home to the extent possible. Non-infected parties should continue to wash hands diligently, wear masks when near infected persons within the home, and continue to social distance outside the home.
Proper disinfecting of the environment is very important as well. Getting rid of all the contaminants can help prevent the disease from spreading from one person to another.
Proper Disinfecting Procedures
It's advisable to have a professional do a complete disinfecting of the home, especially if one of its occupants is suspected of having or has had the virus. Remember: Cleaning only reduces the number of germs, dirt, and impurities on the surface; disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
This thorough and deep cleaning can form a basis by which the premises can start as completely sanitized, making it easier to maintain and keep germ-free.
A certified residential disinfecting service uses materials and chemicals approved by the EPA for killing the germs that cause the virus. They have the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that protects them from being infected themselves and from spreading the germs to others. They also use the appropriate equipment and tools to ensure 100% coverage of the premises.
St. Louis Cleaning & Restoration offers this type of disinfecting service for homes and businesses. They use an electrostatic sprayer to fully saturate every surface with a chemical disinfectant that is proven to kill the virus.
Once the home is professionally sanitized, it provides a clean slate to maintain its cleanliness. Ongoing cleaning should still be performed, following CDC guidelines:
- For soft surfaces and clothing, launder or clean with appropriate solutions.
- Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection.
- Cleaning surfaces with soap and water, especially those "high-touch" hard surfaces, like:
- Light Switches
- Remote Controls
- Kitchen Countertops, Cabinets, Drawers
- Appliances (refrigerators, microwaves, dishwasher, etc.)
- Tabletops and Chairs
About St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration
St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration has been in the St. Louis area since 1991. They offer a full range of commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services, to include:
- Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration
- Water & Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Document Recovery
- Graffiti Removal
- Commercial HVAC Duct Cleaning
- Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
- Upholstery and Drape Cleaning
- Dryer Vent Cleaning
- Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning
- Office Cubicle Panel Cleaning
- Trauma/Crime Scene Clean-up
They also offer 24/7 emergency service for the convenience of their customers.