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Don’t Forget to Sanitize Your Home This Flu Season

Chula Vista Tenant Cleaning Light SwitchesThe majority of people are aware that scheduled cleaning is an effective measure to keep your Chula Vista rental home a safe place to be during flu season. But on the other hand, cleaning only the apparent dirt may not be enough. Doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards, smartphones, tablets, television remotes, and game controllers are all rather easy to overlook as regards cleaning the house. If you are not sanitizing them routinely, these things may garner more harmful bacteria on them than, say, your toilet.

Common Dirty Devices

It is highly indicated that you should regularly clean your smartphone, tablet, keyboard, mouse, television remote, and gaming controller. As a result of how often these electronic devices are touched each day, specifically phones, controllers, and remotes, they can have ten times the amount of bacteria found on other surfaces in your home! Really 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 pile up there, quickly becoming a huge health hazard. During flu season, it’s quite easy to get germs and accidentally pass them along to others by sharing devices, controllers – even the TV remote. This is what makes cleaning your dirty devices so essential. If you aren’t cleaning your devices all day or after every use, the contingencies are high that they could get you or your family sick.

High-Touch Surfaces

Have you ever tried to stay abreast of all the things you touch around the house each day? You may be shocked! High-touch surfaces, specifically, are spaces that get a lot of use; moreover, they may not make it onto your general cleaning lists. Take one example, doorknobs, cabinet handles, window blind controls, and light switches are all touched daily, even lots of times a day.

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

At the time of flu season, it’s primarily significant to sanitize high-touch surfaces in your home. But in actuality, some of these surfaces cannot just simply be sprayed with liquid cleaners or disinfectants. Spraying anything on your tech devices will possibly cause destruction to them. Instead, you can purchase wipes that are developed and designed to clean electronic devices. These wipes generally contain alcohol, which will kill the harmful bacteria.

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

Apart from high-touch surfaces, the CDC indicates washing your hands frequently and cleaning all surfaces in your home with a disinfectant appropriate for the type of surface you’re cleaning. Just make sure to have proper ventilation and stick to the label directions no matter what cleaning agent you prefer. By taking these various precautions, you can keep your home as germ-free as possible during flu season and all year round.


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