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Don’t Forget to Sanitize Your Home This Flu Season

Ballard Tenant Cleaning Light SwitchesQuite a lot of people already are aware that repeated and regular cleaning is the best approach to keep your Ballard rental home a safe place to be during flu season. But actually, cleaning only the easily seen dirt may not be enough. Doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards, smartphones, tablets, television remotes, and game controllers are all actually easy to neglect or skip with respect to cleaning the house. If you are not sanitizing them frequently, these things may collect more harmful bacteria on them than, say, your toilet.

Common Dirty Devices

It is highly encouraged that you repeatedly and regularly clean your smartphone, tablet, keyboard, mouse, television remote, and gaming controller. On the basis of how often these electronic devices are touched each day, like phones, controllers, and remotes, they can have ten times the amount of bacteria found on other surfaces in your home! Think about it, really: 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 stick there, quickly growing into a large health hazard. During flu season, it’s really easy to obtain germs and mistakenly pass them along to others by sharing devices, controllers – even the TV remote. This is what makes cleaning your dirty devices so critical. If you aren’t cleaning your devices day to day or after every use, the odds are that they can get you or your family sick.

High-Touch Surfaces

Have you ever tried to stay informed of all the things you touch around the house each day? You may be flabbergasted! High-touch surfaces, particularly, are areas that get a lot of use although may not make it onto your general cleaning lists. As an illustration, doorknobs, cabinet handles, window blind controls, and light switches are all touched daily, and even quite a lot of times in a day.

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

In the course of flu season, it’s precisely necessary to sanitize high-touch surfaces in your home. But on the flip side, the majority of these surfaces actually cannot simply be sprayed with liquid cleaners or disinfectants. Spraying anything on your tech devices will certainly damage them. But instead, you can purchase wipes that are intended to clean electronic devices. These wipes basically contain alcohol, which will kill the harmful bacteria.

For other high-touch surfaces around the house, select a microfiber cloth and spray a disinfectant solution on the cloth, not directly on the light switch or doorknob. A commercial cleaning solution that definitely states it will kill bacteria will be more effective for your home’s plastic or other durable surfaces. Just don’t employ harsh chemicals on painted surfaces, wood, or natural stone, as the chemicals will ruin these areas.

Other than high-touch surfaces, the CDC prescribes washing your hands frequently and cleaning all surfaces in your home with a disinfectant appropriate for the type of surface you’re cleaning. Just take heed to have proper ventilation and always follow the label directions no matter what cleaning agent you opt for. By taking these supplementary precautions, you can successfully keep your home as germ-free as possible during flu season and all year round.


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