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Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home After Illness

March 10, 2024

When someone in your household has been sick, it’s essential to thoroughly clean and disinfect your home to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. This guide will show you how to do it effectively.

Preparation is Key

Before you start cleaning, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. You’ll need a vacuum cleaner, mop, dustpan, disinfectant spray or wipes, rubber gloves, and a bucket.

Step 1: Remove Clutter

Pick up any items that are out of place, such as toys, books, or clothes, and put them away in their designated spaces. This will help prevent the spread of germs and make cleaning easier.

Step 2: Vacuum and Mop

Vacuum all floors, paying extra attention to areas where the sick person spent a lot of time. Use a disinfectant spray or wipes to sanitize the vacuum cleaner’s filters and exterior surfaces. Next, mop all floors with a disinfectant solution, making sure to cover all high-traffic areas.

Step 3: Clean and Disinfect Surfaces

Wipe down all surfaces that the sick person came into contact with, including countertops, tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, and remotes. Use a disinfectant wipe or spray and let it sit for 10-15 seconds before wiping clean.

Step 4: Sanitize Bathrooms

Clean the bathroom thoroughly, paying attention to high-touch areas like the toilet handle, sink faucet, and shower or bathtub. Use a disinfectant cleaner to scrub the toilet bowl, shower walls, and bathtub. Wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant wipe.

Step 5: Clean Bedding and Linens

Wash all bedding, towels, and linens in hot water (at least 140°F) to kill any bacteria or viruses. Dry them on high heat for at least 30 minutes. If items can’t be washed, use a disinfectant spray to sanitize them.

Step 6: Disinfect Toys and Other Items

Disinfect any toys, stuffed animals, or other items that the sick person came into contact with. Use a disinfectant wipe or spray and let it sit for 10-15 seconds before wiping clean.

Step 7: Open Windows and Use Fans

Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate and help eliminate any lingering germs. Use fans to circulate the air and speed up the process.

Cleaning and disinfecting your home after illness is a crucial step in preventing the spread of germs and bacteria. By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating a clean and healthy environment for yourself and your loved ones. Remember, preparation is key, so make sure you have all the necessary supplies before starting the cleaning process.

For an even more thorough solution, consider trying out our professional disinfecting service. Our experts use advanced techniques and EPA-approved disinfectants to eliminate harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses. This ensures a clean and healthy environment for your family. With our service, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home is safe and protected from illnesses that can be caused by lingering germs.


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