According to the CDC, what is known about the Covid-19 Virus up to this point is that it is like SARS and MERS in that it is transmitted generally through person to person contact within 6 feet. The transference of the illness is through droplets from coughing or sneezing. Surface contact and getting the virus has not been confirmed up to this point.
There are two different ways to reduce the risk of getting Coronavirus in your home.
The first is cleaning which removes the virus. Cleaning your home does not kill the virus but removes it so you lower the possibility of getting sick.
The second is disinfection. Which can kill the Virus.
Coronavirus and Carpet Cleaning
At Doctor Clean, we have been getting questions about whether we can disinfect carpet for the Covid-19 Strain of the coronavirus.
We have always offered a disinfectant to sanitize the carpet as an additional service and our brand does kill certain strains of the coronavirus, but there is NO PROOF that it works on this new strain.
While we appreciate the extra business opportunity we do not like to capitalize on fear, and that is why we have not been pushing the sale of disinfectant carpet sanitizer. The product is wonderful for various reasons, but we will not claim that it will keep your family from contracting any illness. It might help but will not be a proven prevention tactic.
Proper hygiene and constant cleaning and disinfecting of HARD surfaces will be your best defense against this virus as far as we know.
Regular carpet cleaning is needed to improve indoor air quality and the overall healthiness of the home environment, and we will happily add a disinfectant carpet sanitizer at your request, but we will try to educate you so that you are making a purchase based on truth and facts, and not fear.
Below is information extracted from the CDC.
If you have a person that is ill in your home, you should have them rest in a separate room. In that room and bathroom consider reducing the amount of time spent cleaning in there to reduce the chances of you getting sick too.
You can provide cleaners and disinfectants to the ill person if they are old enough to be able to handle them properly. If you do not have a separate bathroom it should be disinfected after being used by the person who is ill.
The CDC website does have information on how to take care of a person who is ill in your home.
Proper Cleaning Procedures for Coronavirus
Hard Surface Cleaning
- Wear gloves while cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces.
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions of disinfectants and cleaners.
- If surfaces are dirty they should be cleaned with cleaner or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- For disinfection, a bleach solution, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol or EPA registered household disinfectants should work.
- Wash your hands immediately after cleaning and disinfection.
For a list of currently known effective disinfectants go to this link > Disinfectants.
Hard Surface CleaninG
- If it is carpet, rugs, drapes remove visible contamination then use a cleaner that is appropriate for the material.
- Launder as appropriate with the warmest water possible and dry completely.
Use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claim if you can. The list can be found HERE.
Normal Laundry Items and the Coronavirus
- If you are helping a person who is sick put on disposable gloves when doing their dirty clothes and bedding and then throw them away after each use.
- If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other household purposes.
- Wash your hands immediately after handling dirty laundry.
- Shaking dirty clothes can increase the possibility of putting the virus into the air.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation and do not wash the ill persons clothes with others in the household.
- Disinfect any laundry baskets and use a plastic liner or trash bag if possible. Throw away the liner after doing laundry.
Wash Your Hands After
- Sneezing or coughing.
- Handling pets or animals.
- Going to the restroom.
- Preparing or handling food.
- Before and after helping another person including a child.
We at Dr. Clean value you as a customer and we hope you find this information valuable. For complete information from the CDC go to their web hub by clicking CDC Coronavirus Info.