Do you need to make sure that your establishment is coronavirus-safe? Do you want to find the best cleaning supplies to disinfect your home or establishment? Here is a guide on finding the right disinfectant wipes & sprays for disinfection.
The US already exceeded 4 million COVID-19 cases. During the second wave of the pandemic, sterilizing is even more essential. Two of the best and most convenient sterilizers are cleaning sprays and wipes.
This guide will focus on how to find and use the best disinfectant wipes and cleaning sprays. Keep reading to learn more about how to use them and what to avoid.
1. Disinfecting Against COVID-19 in the US
As of the writing of this post, the US is the number one country with the most coronavirus cases. Over 186,000 total deaths from COVID-19 occurred. The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to climb, especially as civil unrest continues throughout the US.
However, that’s not all that is happening in the country. Some states are allowing establishments to open up. This is one of the government’s steps to get the economy up and working again.
If you’re looking to open your establishment, you need to disinfect it first. Even after you open up shop again, you have to continue to keep your establishment sanitized. The solutions to effective, convenient, and affordable disinfection are cleaning sprays and wipes.
2. How to Find the Best Disinfectant Wipes & Sprays
When shopping for the best disinfectant wipes & sprays, look for ones that have the FDA’s approval. You also want to ensure that the wipes and sprays you use are effective products. Below is a list of the approved list of disinfectants:
- Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
- Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
- Clorox Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner
- Lysol Launder Sanitizer
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Lysol Neutra Air 2-in-1
- Lysol Disinfectant & Antibacterial Spray
When you’re picking disinfectant wipes, two of the best brands to pick are Lysol and Clorox. However, you can also find other brands that are cheaper yet effective like Purell.
3. What to Do Before Using Disinfectants
Before you start, make sure you protect yourself from the harsh chemicals of these disinfectants. Many of them are safe to use without protective gear. However, some have powerful cleaning properties that ensure intense disinfection.
Wear latex gloves to protect your hands from these chemicals. If you get allergic reactions to the powder coating in latex gloves, use neoprene gloves. Don’t forget to use eye protection, especially when you’re handling disinfectant sprays.
Another thing you need to make sure of is proper ventilation. You don’t want to put yourself and cleaning chemicals in a room with no airflow or ventilation. You may even fall unconscious from the intense smells caused by the cleaning chemicals in the wipes and sprays.
4. How to Use Disinfectants
Create a systematic cleaning hierarchy for each room you’re cleaning. Begin with areas and items that people often touch, like doorknobs. When you wipe them down, make sure you are thorough.
Avoid wiping once or twice only. You want to give each surface a good cleaning, especially ones often used by people. Do you have a gym that you need to disinfect? Check out this guide from Mold Medics Global for more info on how to sterilize a gym.
As a note, you don’t need to disinfect everything. Keep in mind that some items are more delicate, like clothes. The best way to disinfect them is to wash them.
Some items also go into your mouth or food, like spoons and chopping boards. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals to disinfect these items. Wash them in the usual way and you’re good.
Finally, don’t forget to do the safe and correct disposal of the disinfectant sprays and wipes. Place the toxic chemicals in a smaller bag before you add it to your trash bin. Make sure you also store the extra disinfectants in dry and room-temperature areas.
As a safety reminder, always keep them out of reach of children and pets. Always read and follow the instructions on how to use, store, and dispose of them. This will save you from unwanted accidents.
5. Items and Areas to Disinfect and Sanitize
Now, let’s take a closer look at the areas and items you need to disinfect at home or in your establishment. There isn’t any scientific evidence that proves you can get the coronavirus from a surface. Yet, it’s better to be sure.
You want to give high-touch surfaces in-depth cleaning. That includes:
- Touch screens, phones, and similar devices
- Keyboards and mouse
- Tables and desks
- Remote controls
- Chairs (hard-backed)
- Light switches
- Sinks and toilets
You may also be wary of the items that enter your home or establishment. The surfaces of packages from Amazon or your local supplier could’ve gotten exposed to the virus. Even if this was the case, the best thing you can do is to wash your hands after you handled the packages.
Some rooms or areas that need thorough cleaning include high-traffic areas. Examples are entrances and exits, doorways, reception or receiving rooms, hallways, and toilets. You also want to keep common areas, the living room, kitchens, and break rooms sanitized.
6. What Not to Do When Disinfecting
Never experiment with disinfectant solutions by mixing them. Some solutions can cause bad reactions that are hazardous to your health. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia creates toxic gasses that can kill you faster than COVID-19.
Stay away from products that don’t have sanitizing properties. That includes vodka and other alcoholic drinks, saline solution, and vinegar. Avoid tea tree oil and ultraviolet (UV) lamps, too.
If you’re unsure about the cleaning properties of a natural cleaner, don’t use it. Check online for studies and scientific explanations on how effective they are. Often, “natural” cleaners don’t do well as disinfectants of the COVID-19 virus.
Never put disinfectants on your food or the items you use to prepare food. The same applies to drinks and items you use to prepare drinks with or drink from.
Keep Your Surfaces Clean and Disinfected
That ends our guide on how to find the best disinfectant wipes & sprays for sterilizing.
We hope you found this guide on disinfectants to be useful and informative. Now, you know what to use to keep your surfaces at home or in the establishment sanitized.
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