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Don’t Forget to Sanitize Your Home This Flu Season

Fuquay-Varina Tenant Cleaning Light SwitchesA lot of people perceive and understand that frequent cleaning is a perfect method to keep your Fuquay-Varina rental home a safe place to be during flu season. Though cleaning merely the obvious dirt may not be enough. Doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards, smartphones, tablets, television remotes, and game controllers are all really easy to neglect when it comes to cleaning the house. If you are not sanitizing them consistently, these things may gather more harmful bacteria on them than, say, your toilet.

Common Dirty Devices

It is highly advised that you always clean your smartphone, tablet, keyboard, mouse, television remote, and gaming controller. On account of how often these electronic devices are touched each day, particularly phones, controllers, and remotes, they can have ten times the amount of bacteria found on other surfaces in your home! Think about it: every time you touch something and then touch your phone or computer keyboard, you’ve transferred bacteria from one surface to the other.

The more often you touch a particular surface, the more bacteria will gather there, easily turning into a huge health hazard. During flu season, it’s easy to collect germs and unintentionally pass them along to others by sharing devices, controllers – even the TV remote. This is what makes cleaning your dirty devices so significant. If you aren’t cleaning your devices daily or after every use, the probabilities are high that they can thus get you or your family sick.

High-Touch Surfaces

Have you ever tried to keep abreast of all that you touch around the house each day? You may be amazed! High-touch surfaces, particularly, are areas that get a lot of use but usually may not make it onto your general cleaning lists. By way of example, doorknobs, cabinet handles, window blind controls, and light switches are all touched daily, and even countless times a day.

If you haven’t wiped these surfaces down with a germ-killing solution, the eventualities are that they are harboring high levels of harmful bacteria. One study established that light switches often have 200 bacteria per square inch, while most toilets have 20 on average.

Throughout flu season, it’s specifically relevant to sanitize high-touch surfaces in your home. But take note that most of these surfaces cannot merely be sprayed with liquid cleaners or disinfectants. Spraying anything on your tech devices will surely destroy them. Rather, you can purchase wipes that are devised to clean electronic devices. These wipes often contain alcohol, which will kill the harmful bacteria.

For other high-touch surfaces around the house, use a microfiber cloth and spray a disinfectant solution on the cloth, not directly on the light switch or doorknob. A commercial cleaning solution that particularly states it will kill bacteria will work excellently for your home’s plastic or other durable surfaces. Just don’t make use of harsh chemicals on painted surfaces, wood, or natural stone, as the chemicals will cause destruction on these parts.

Besides high-touch surfaces, the CDC advises washing your hands frequently and cleaning all surfaces in your home with a disinfectant appropriate for the type of surface you’re cleaning. Just watch out and make sure to have proper ventilation and use the label directions regardless of what cleaning agent you pick. By taking these further precautions, you can keep your home as germ-free as possible during flu season and all year round.


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