PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Even though we’re practicing social distancing, every trip to the grocery store or gas station can bring additional exposure to germs back home with you.
That includes your home office.
Brian Thomsen from AdvantaClean in Washington County joined AM Extra with pro tips on how and how often to clean and sanitize your home.
Eventhough we’re isolating, every trip to the grocery store, gas station orpharmacy can bring additional exposure to germs back into the homeoffice. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces and recommends disinfectionof these areas to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Local professionals with AdvantaClean have been flooded with calls from folks wanting their home offices, workplaces and commercial properties sanitized and decontaminated.
Top 5 Tips to Sanitize the Home Office
· Hot Spots – Be aware of the commonly touched areas of thenew home workspace such as a desk, keyboard, mouse, phone and personal files that have constant exposure to our hands should also be sanitized regularly.
· Wipe This Way – Contrary to the way we usually clean, wiping down asurface in a circular or back-and-forth direction redeposits the germs thatwere just wiped up. Instead, wipe down commonly touched surfaces in asingle direction.
· Bleach is best – Use diluted household bleach solutions if appropriate for the surface. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
· To make a bleach solution, mix 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
· Wait, wet? – Regardless of the cleaning solution used, keep the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed.
· Color Coded Cleaning – Create a color-coded system of cleaning cloths for specific spaces around the home and office. This keeps you from using the same cloth to clean both the kitchen and desk area and will prevent cross-contamination.