Currently, it is important to know how to sanitise your home amidst this coronavirus outbreak. Many people have imposed self-quarantine so that they can decrease the chances of spreading the disease to others. Here is all you need to know about sanitising your home.
Sanitising home is different from disinfecting it as by definition, sanitising refers to decreasing the number of germs in a particular area, which takes usually about 30 or 60 seconds. While disinfecting an area takes more time as it refers to the killing of the germs in an area. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is referred to as EPA, any disinfectant that has been known to be effective against a hard-to-kill virus is expected to work on the COVID-19 virus as well.
It is important that you just don't swipe the surface to decontaminate it. One needs to scrub the surface with an appropriate cleaner and leave it until it is dry on its own. It is essential to use the required amount of cleaner for it to work efficiently. Make sure that you use appropriate cleaner according to the porous and non-porous surfaces in question. Clean all the surfaces with which you come in contact multiple times in a day first with soap and water. Later, you can sanitize the areas as well.
Any frequently contacted area can be washed with soap and water before sanitising. It includes washing your hands with soap and water regularly as well. Disinfectants are multipurpose cleaners and could be used on many different types of surfaces to keep away the germs from your house.
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Rubbing alcohol-based products consisting of 70 per cent alcohol will surely kill the virus but cause less damage to the virus as compared to bleach. Remember to use rubbing alcohol without diluting it. Although keep in mind that the rubbing alcohol may decolourise some items like plastic when used as a disinfectant.