5 Ways to Keep Your Carpets Clean and Safe During COVID-19 and Beyond3rd August 2020
Ever since the COVID-19 became a global pandemic and people were asked to stay home, plenty of questions have emerged. Besides needing information about the virus that causes it, there’s one particular inquiry that most homeowners are asking today: how to keep their houses clean and safe.
Maintaining a clean and germ-free home is crucial now more than ever. And when it comes to cleanliness, the focus should be on high-touch and high-traffic areas.
Apart from doorknobs, door handles, light switches, and faucet taps, you also need to pay attention to the floor. In most cases, this is a straightforward task, especially if you have tiles, concrete, hardwood, or vinyl flooring installed.
However, you may need to research about disinfecting properly when carpets are involved.
Here at NGC Nafees, we understand your predicament and are ready to help.
This article aims to guide you in keeping your carpets clean and safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Coronavirus Lifespan on Carpets
Coronaviruses and other similar pathogens spread through droplets from coughing, talking, sneezing, and physical contact.
While further research is needed on the COVID-19 virus, there’s one thing that we know for sure: coronaviruses and other similar infectious microorganisms vary in their lifespan.
According to health authorities, this depends on certain factors like the temperature, humidity, and porosity of surfaces that host them.
Generally, cold and dry environments extend the life of most viruses. In this aspect, the COVID-19 virus is no exception. Also, experts believe that non-porous surfaces also tend to double their lifespan.
Since carpets are porous like wood, clothing, and other similar materials, they are less hospitable to COVID-19 than plastic, steel, and other solid surfaces.
While there is no concrete information about the length of time the COVID-19 virus can thrive on surfaces, researchers believe that it can survive between two hours and a couple of days on various surfaces.
5 Tips to Keep Carpets Germ-Free
Whether it’s to protect against COVID-19 or prevent the spread of other viruses, you need to figure out how to keep your carpets clean and safe for you and your family.
Besides good personal hygiene, you can also follow these tips to maintain a germ-free carpet flooring:
1. Clear the space first
Before you start deep cleaning your carpet, be sure to remove any furniture and other pieces on top of it first. If there are objects that cannot be moved, put small plastic materials underneath the legs to prevent staining on the wood varnish or rusting on metal surfaces from the damp while the carpet is being disinfected.
2. Clean before disinfecting the area
After clearing the area, you must clean the carpet, as well. Remove soil and dirt from the carpet before applying the sanitizer to ensure the efficacy of the disinfection.
The easiest way to achieve this is by vacuuming regularly. The frequency of cleaning depends on the amount of traffic in the area. You can do it daily for high-traffic places or weekly for those that are not.
When vacuuming, go through the area slowly to make sure you’re picking up all the debris and dust stuck on the carpet’s fibers. Be sure to pass the vacuum behind and underneath the furniture. Lift or move it, if possible.
For maximum efficacy, vacuum before and after dusting any given area to make sure that no dirt gets caught on the carpet from your other cleaning efforts.
3. Use pathogen-specific cleaning agents
Many carpet cleaners have enzymes that get rid of stains and soil. However, they do not disinfect the surface.
It is also worth noting that disinfectants are not created the same.
To make sure that you achieve your goal, only use products that are verified effective against the pathogen you’re battling, which, in this case, is the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
There are plenty of products available in the market, but you should choose those that have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or relevant local regulating body. Check the EPA’s N List for products that are approved and certified capable of doing the job.
If you cannot find the product you’re using on the list, you can also look at its label to verify its EPA registration number and check its listed target pathogens if human coronavirus is included.
4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions
When using disinfectants, always read the label and follow the instructions included therein. This will ensure the effectiveness of the product and your own safety.
Take note of the contact time (the span of time the surface being cleaned should be visibly wet). Also, remember that disinfectants are to be used on surfaces only, and never on humans.
5. Learn how to disinfect properly
Disinfection and cleaning are two entirely different processes. While cleaning gets rid of grime and dirt, disinfection targets pathogens that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Normally, disinfection involves misting and wiping down high-touch surfaces like door handles and knobs, remotes, light switches, toilet seats, faucets, and the like.
For the carpet flooring and upholstery, damp wiping the area with an EPA-approved disinfectant solution using a microfiber cloth should do the trick.
Keep Your Carpet Clean and Safe
Maintaining a clean and germ-free carpet is both pleasing to look at and safe for the family. These NGC Nafees-recommended tips can help you achieve both amidst the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
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