How to Clean and Disinfect Your Home Against Covid-19
Making sure that the surfaces in both your home and workplace are disinfected and Covid-19 free is a crucial way to protect the health of you and your loved ones. While we do know that the most common mode of Covid-19 transmission is from person-to-person via aerosols, contact exposure remains a possibility. The CDC recommends cleaning and sanitizing the high touch areas in your home at least once a day due to the fact that whenever someone enters or exits your home, there’s a possibility of exposure. The best way to do this is to use an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registered disinfectant, however, it’s important to first go over the basics of cleaning vs disinfecting, and what exactly to look for.
Cleaner vs Disinfectant
The first thing to note is that there is a huge difference between cleaning and disinfecting. In fact, the EPA actually has standardized definitions that are useful in determining which products do what. Surface cleaning is done by water, soap, or detergents, and is the standard process of removing dirt or debris from a surface. It is recommended that this be the first step before doing a deeper disinfecting as many disinfectants might be compromised if there remains dirt or foreign objects on a surface.
When it comes to disinfecting, a product is categorized as a disinfectant if it kills 100% of bacteria or viruses within 15 minutes of exposure. Because of their toxicity, it is crucial that you avoid skin contact with disinfectants and use them only on inanimate objects and surfaces.
What and How to Disinfectba
The EPA has provided consumers with a list of disinfectants that are categorized as biocides rated against Covid-19. You might even already have some of these products in your home- such as disinfecting wipes and sprays including Clorox and Lysol, isopropyl alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Remember when using your disinfectant to properly apply the product to the surface or object. You should let the disinfectant rest on the wet surface for at least 10 minutes. This will allow the product to kill off 99.9% of the germs.
Do Your Research!
It’s important to remember that many products that might be advertised as sanitizing cleaners might not actually fit within the EPA registered disinfectant list. Because of this, we all need to really do our research and make sure we’re getting a product that will actually act as an effective biocide.
If you’re looking for some EPA registered disinfectants for your home or workplace, Scorpion Coatings has amazing options for you. Our Shield Ultra and Punch Citrus compounds are both highly rated disinfectants, and our Shield Ultra is on the EPA’s List N which meets the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. Check out our reliable and safe disinfectants today and contact Scorpion Coatings for any questions about usage or application!