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Top Cleaning Solutions Effective in Preventing the Spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted On: June 22nd, 2020 Author: Stephen Matthews

We are now in the advanced phase of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), where the virus has reached our offices and homes and may as well have infected the people around us. However, we still have a lot to learn when it comes to dealing with this virus and the disease.

Based on what we already know about COVID-19, it can spread from one person to another either through personal contact (touch) or through respiratory droplets. This is the reason why the governments and health authorities all over the world are advising to maintain social distance (of at least 2 meters) with others and use a face mask to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

But on the other hand, it is still unclear whether the virus can transmit or spread through surfaces and objects. It’s known that the COVID-19 virus can exist on surfaces like doorknobs, kitchen tops, keyboards, etc. (having reached there through personal contact or respiratory droplets) and can survive there for up to 48 hours or longer. That’s why regular cleaning and disinfection of these surfaces and objects is essential to kill the virus and prevent it from spreading to other objects or people.

If you need help or want to hire a professional COVID-19 cleaner for your home/office, contact us at Clean Group.

How to Clean & Disinfect your Home/Office for COVID-19

CDA (Center for Disease Control) and various other health organisations recommend using certified disinfectants or household cleaners for the cleaning of surfaces and objects.

There are a number of products, cleaning solutions that can be effective in the cleaning of coronavirus from your palace. Most of the household cleaning solutions, detergents and disinfectants will do the job. The complete cleaning for coronavirus covers the following:

  • Cleaning: This includes cleaning a surface or object to remove dirt and germs from it. Cleaning does not kill germs but removes them from a surface, thus limiting the chances of spread.
  • Disinfecting/Sanitising: This involves using certified chemicals/solutions to kill germs on a surface or object.

Cleaning in combination with disinfecting is the best way to get rid of the COVID-19 infection or virus.

If you have an ill or infected person at home, use dedicated solutions and resources for cleaning and make sure to avoid contact with them as much as possible. Keep the ill person in an isolated room with personal cleaning supplies, including tissues, towels, cleaning solutions, disinfectants, etc.

What to Clean or Disinfect?

Everything in your house or office, including surfaces, floors, windows, desks, computers, keyboards, electronics, kitchen equipment, furniture, toys and all other objects, especially common-touch surfaces/objects like doorknobs, water taps, faucets, toilets, handles, sinks, light switches, TV remote, etc. must be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

In addition, all the products you are bringing to your home/office from outside must be cleaned or disinfected properly and then left to dry before you start using them. These may include groceries, food items, clothes you’re wearing or carrying, face mask (if washable), keys, wallet, glasses, among other objects.

Disinfect packaged items and let them dry naturally or in the Sun before storing them in the refrigerator.

Best Cleaning Solutions & Products that are effective in the Cleaning/Disinfection against COVID-19

Not all cleaning solutions and disinfectants in the market are effective in the cleaning for coronavirus. Only use cleaning solutions that follow the standards recommended by respective health agencies or authorities.

A coronavirus cleaner or disinfectant must be powerful enough to kill the virus from the surface or object where it is applied. At the same time, it should be safe to use for the cleaning person as well as for the people (office employees, family members, etc.) who are going to use that surface/object. Moreover, the right methods of cleaning and disinfecting surfaces for complete removal of the virus must be followed.

When looking to buy a cleaning solution or disinfectant for your home/office, consider the following things:

  • It should not just be antibacterial, as they cannot kill a virus.
  • It must be certified antiviral
  • It must have at least 70% alcohol or any of the following as an active ingredient/s:

1,2-Hexanediol
Ammonium carbonate; Ammonium bicarbonate
Chlorine dioxide
Quaternary ammonium
Citric acid
Dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid
Ethanol (Ethyl alcohol)
Glycolic acid
Hydrochloric acid
Hypochlorous acid
Hydrogen chloride
Hydrogen peroxide
Isopropanol (Isopropyl alcohol)
Octanoic acid
Peroxyacetic acid (Peracetic acid)
Phenolic
Potassium peroxymonosulfate
L-Lactic Acid; Lactic acid
Silver ion; Citric acid
Sodium chloride
Sodium chlorite
Sodium dichloro-S-triazinetrione
Sodium dichloroisocyanurate
Sodium hypochlorite
Thymol
Triethylene glycol

Make sure to check that the disinfectant you are buying or using is effective in the cleaning/removal of coronavirus. (check the label)

To further assist you with the proper cleaning against COVID-19 and make sure that you have the right solution, here we share the list of the best cleaning solutions that can be effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Soap & Water

Soap and water are the most effective tools for the cleaning of your hands and other body parts and removing the virus. Depending on the soap you are using to wash hands, it may be up to 99% effective in killing the COVID-19 virus. Follow the 20-second rule for effective cleaning and complete removal of microorganisms from your hands.

The virus gets on objects and surfaces through your hands, which is why it’s important to wash your hands with soap & water immediately after you touch a surface/object that may have been infected by viruses. Do it multiple times throughout the day, before and after eating and cooking, after going to the bathroom, before touching your face, eyes or mouth and immediately after entering the house/office.

Bleach (Sodium hypochlorite)

Bleach solutions used for household cleaning are generally effective in cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19. It can kill the virus and prevent the spread on surfaces.

Make sure to check the ingredients in a bleach solution before using it and follow the cleaning instructions mentioned on the label to achieve the desired results. To keep your hands safe and avoid irritation, preferably use gloves when cleaning with a bleach solution.

Isopropanol (Isopropyl alcohol)

Any cleaning solution with 70% alcohol can be very effective in the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, objects and other areas and remove germs & viruses from them.

Isopropyl alcohol is a basic ingredient of most of the cleaning agents in the market. Still, make sure to look for it when buying the product. Follow the cleaning instructions on the label. Use a clean cloth to wipe the surface with the solution and leave it for a minimum 30 seconds for it to work effectively. Then, you can let it dry or wipe off manually.

Isopropyl alcohol is also effective in the cleaning and disinfection of hands to remove common viruses, bacteria & germs.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is another type of cleaning agent that has been found effective in the removal of the Novel Coronavirus. It’s a combination of water and hydrogen (H2O2) and can kill most viruses when left on the surface for a couple of minutes.

Make sure to check that Hydrogen peroxide is an active ingredient in the cleaning solution you are buying or using.

It’s non-toxic and perfectly safe for people and food items, which is why it is also commonly used for disinfecting places that are used to store food.

Chlorine Dioxide

Chlorine dioxide is an active ingredient in a range of disinfectant solutions. It’s known to be highly effective in killing bacteria and common viruses, including COVID-19. It is also sometimes used for the disinfection of water to remove viruses. Chlorine dioxide is safe for humans.

Make sure to buy genuine Chlorine dioxide products and check the label for active ingredients.

Citric Acid

Citric acid is one of the most commonly used household cleaning solutions that is also effective in disinfection for coronavirus. It kills most bacteria, mold, and mildew. The use of citric acid is also common for removing hard water stains as well as rust from surfaces.

Phenolic

Phenolic disinfectants have been approved by many health authorities as an effective cleaning solution for disinfection of surfaces and objects to kill the COVID-19 virus. It can be used throughout your place, including lobbies, common areas, desks, cafeteria, and toilets for complete disinfection. The same can be prepared at home using the right ingredients.

Conclusion

With no medicine or vaccination have been found yet to treat the COVID-19 disease, cleaning and care are the only ways to keep yourself, your family and your palace safe from coronavirus. Clean and disinfect your place and objects regularly and with high-quality, certified cleaning solutions, as listed here. Always check the active ingredients when buying a cleaning solution and follow the instructions on the label when using it to clean and/or disinfect.

Here at Clean Group, we are offering COVID-19 cleaning services through a team of seasoned and trained cleaners who use top quality coronavirus cleaning solutions to make your place (home/office) clean and free of pathogens. To book an appointment or request a free quote, get in touch with at 1300-073-089 or drop an email at [email protected]

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This is Stephen from Clean Group. I work as a full-time commercial cleaning manager and part-time writer with Clean Group - a commercial cleaning company based in Sydney, Australia. I have over 10 years of experience in working with different cleaning companies around Sydney, providing as well as managing office cleaning, carpet cleaning and other commercial cleaning jobs for both households and individuals in Australia. I also share cleaning tips and write about my experience on this website.

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