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6March 2021

How to Clean During Covid

Daily Reported Cases of Covid-19 are rising in near half the B.C. and more than 20,000 people in the B.C. and more than a million in the world have died from Covid-19. Nevertheless, people are filtering back into restaurants for indoor dining and into places like museums (at reduced capacity).

Regardless of how much you plan to take advantage of opening shops, bars, restaurants, and parks, you should continue social distancing, using a mask when near others outside your home, and maintaining good cleaning habits. The SARS-CoV-2 virus—the coronavirus that causes the disease Covid-19—isn’t going away anytime soon. Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances you or a loved one will contract Covid-19 and lower the chances you might spread it to someone else.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends we all take steps to clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces in our homes. Below, we get into the weeds of how long the virus might last on surfaces, which disinfectants may kill it, and the steps you should take to keep clean.

Wash and Moisturize Your Hands

Wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, touch your face, use the restroom, or are about to leave one place for another. You should wash your hands when you leave and return from the grocery store, for instance. Picking up SARS-Cov-2 by touching surfaces isn’t as much of a threat as we once worried it was, but it’s still a risk.

Hand sanitizer is a fast cleaning method that works wonders. (Here’s how to make your own.) It’s no substitute for washing your hands, though. Soap and water won’t necessarily kill all pathogens, but they will wash them off. The World Health Organization has detailed instructions on how to properly perform the 20-second hand wash.

Moisturizing your hands is also important. Dry, cracked skin is at greater risk for all kinds of infections, so apply a little moisturizer after you wash. It’s nice! Most moisturizing lotions have similar ingredients, starting with water and glycerin, so the brand doesn’t really matter. (Here are some hand lotions on Amazon.) If your hands are extra dry, look for something dermatologist-recommended with an “intensive” label, like Eucerin Advanced Repair, Neutrogena Hydro Boost, or Neutrogena Norwegian Formula.
Stay Home

Stay home if you can, even if you’re not sick. Being in large crowds or going out to restaurants poses unnecessary risks not just to yourself but to the people around you. The more you’re in public, the more chances the novel coronavirus has to hitch a ride on your hands, clothes, or person. Millions of people are very vulnerable to this virus. Putting yourself at risk also puts them at risk.
“There will be a sizeable portion of people who are older or who have other health conditions, and if they get sick all at once, they’re going to overwhelm the health care system. So we’re trying to decrease the number of transmissions,” Dr. John Townes, head of infection prevention and control at the Oregon Health & Science University, told WIRED.
Invest in a Cloth Face Mask

A cloth mask may help protect others if you happen to have the disease. Some people who have the disease show mild symptoms, or none at all—particularly, those who are young–so you or they may have it and not know. As far as we’re aware, the novel coronavirus is transmitted through person-to-person contact or respiratory droplets. Just talking to someone can send droplets their way.

Do not put a mask on kids under 2 years old, but do help them socially distance themselves from others, and wash their hands. Evidence suggests kids are especially vulnerable to another condition caused by exposure to the coronavirus. Medical professionals have termed this condition Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
Clean and Disinfect Your Home

The first thing you’ll want to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things.
Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface.
Disinfecting is about killing pathogens.
Do both daily if anything or anyone has entered or exited your home.

Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the CDC still recommends you clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe if people touching them have been in contact with the outside world or people beyond their social bubble since SARS-Cov-2 is capable of living on surfaces such as cardboard for 24 hours, but up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel.

25January 2021

Keeping Your Surfaces Safe

Examples of High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily:
– Doorknobs
– Table surfaces
– Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
– Kitchen counters
– Bathroom counters
– Faucets and faucet knobs
– Toilets (seat and handle)
– Light switches
– TV remote controls
– Game controllers

Now that you know what you’re cleaning, here’s how you should do it.

First Clean, Then Disinfect:

1. First, clean the surfaces, removing any contaminants, dust, or debris. You can do this by wiping them with soapy water (or a cleaning spray) and a hand towel.
2. Then apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray.

How to Make Homemade Bleach Disinfectant Spray

If you can’t find good disinfectants at the store, the CDC also has a recommended recipe for a homemade cleaning solution using household bleach.

  • 4 teaspoons household bleach
  • 1-quart water
  • Pour both into a one-quart spray bottle, shake vigorously
  • Spray on surface to disinfect, let sit for 10 minutes, wipe away with a wet cloth

Bleach is excessive in most cases. You should never mix bleach solution with any other cleaning chemical, and it’s likely to damage or discolor sensitive surfaces. Use it as a last resort if you can’t source or acquire any other kind of disinfectant. Remember to wear gloves, open your windows (ventilation is your friend), and be careful. And please, please, don’t drink it.
Does the Laundry Machine Work on Clothes?

Yes, mostly. Just washing your clothing with regular laundry soap and drying it at a slightly higher temperature than you might have otherwise is all you have to do to disinfect your clothes.

Don’t forget to clean your coat and backpack. Wiping the inside off with a disinfectant wipe should do the trick unless your jacket is machine washable.
Should You Disinfect Food and Snacks?

No, not without reason. According to the FDA, there is no evidence to suggest that food or food packaging can transmit the novel coronavirus, so there is currently no need to disinfect food or food packaging any more than you usually would. Just observe standard food safety and wash your hands afterward.
Don’t Forget Accessories

For any other electronic device, if the exterior is largely plastic (gaming mice, gamepads, TV remotes) it’s safe to give them a once-over with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution.

Stay Home, Stay Safe

We know cold weather is coming to a lot of where you live and the temptation will be to abandon the relatively safe outdoor gatherings that have sustained many of us through the summer and start gathering indoors where it’s far riskier, but we’re also entering influenza season, and people are already perennially more likely to get sick during the winter. Influenza plus Covid-19 pose an increased threat. Stay home when you can, maintain a social bubble, and stay safe.

25June 2020

Which Products Clean Best

As people spend a lot more time in their own home in quarantine (some, with roommates, sharing the same cramped space with individuals who have very different lifestyle habits), you might be taking an extra keen interest in cleaning and tidying these days, perhaps even as a coping mechanism. As a typically avoidant tidier myself—“dodge, duck, and weave” is my motto when it comes to any kind of cleaning—even I’ve found myself channeling my anxiety into days spent mopping my floors, vacuuming furniture, and scrubbing at the (kinda cute?) baby-pink ring of mold that seems to have permanently hardened onto my toilet bowl. The world might be in flux right now, but my house offers a gleaming refuge of order in all this chaos.

“The Future Of Clean Is Here: Introducing The Alpha And Alpha Mini Atomizer Guns. Your Start To Efficient And Thorough Disinfection”

1. Alpha Mini

The Alpha-Mini is your answer to any small to medium job where quick and harmless disinfection is a must. Have the power to disinfect materials such as chairs and cushions in waiting areas.

2. Temperature Self Check Station

Allow for optimal flow at your business with this innovative thermometer. This self-check station has a quick turnaround time between tests taking only .5s per person. Allow clients to move through your front door with confidence knowing everyone has been checked. Simple LED lights and sounds will alarm when someone has an abnormal temperature.

3. Shark Electrostatic Cordless Model

The Shark Electrostatic model blows out 8800 cubic feet per minute of negatively charged air while spraying the disinfectant at an adjustable rate of 1.7 – 2.4 oz/min. The flow of 8200W/in3 of negative-ion attracts positively charged airborne particles such as dust, pollen, and pathogens of viral, bacterial, or fungal origin, and particle matters less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in the surrounding air. This neutralizes them, making them heavier to descend down on the floor, then the sprayed disinfectant over the surface kills those pathogens effectively.

As a result, this technology is dual-action as not only does it disinfect the surface, but it can also purify the air.

4. SEPTICSOL Disinfectant

SEPTICSOL “Disinfectant – Hard Surface Spray” is manufactured by one of Canada’s leading Scientists and Microbiologists and is a ready-to-use product that can be used to help
against the spread of COVID-19. This product is labeled as a broad-spectrum virucide hard surface disinfectant that inactivates the SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).
Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, which means they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant.

SEPTICSOL “Disinfectant – Hard Surface Spray” is specifically formulated for use in use in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hotels, and restaurants as well as for use in industrial and institutional food processing establishments. It is formulated to disinfect hard non-porous, inanimate surfaces such as floors, walls, metal surfaces, stainless steel surfaces, porcelain, glazed ceramic tile, plastic surfaces, bathrooms, Toilet Seats, fixtures, tile, wash bowls, shower stalls, bathtubs, countertops, and cabinets.
SEPTICSOL “Disinfectant Hard Surface Spray” is appropriate for such surfaces in many different highly touched common areas throughout your house, toys, phones, electronics,
door handles, bedside tables, TV Remotes, light switches, and highly touched areas at your office, all without leaving a scratch and delivers no trade-offs between safety and efficacy. By
disinfecting and killing germs and impurities from surfaces, further reduces the risk of spreading infections that kills 99.9% of germs and stops the spread of contamination,
contagious germs, and helps limit the transfer of microorganisms.

SEPTICSOL “Disinfectant Hard Surface Spray” deodorizes those areas which generally are hard to keep fresh smelling, such as garbage storage areas, empty garbage bins and cans, basements, restrooms, and other areas which are prone to odors caused by microorganisms. It eliminates odors by killing the bacteria at their source. Septicsol – Disinfectant & Sanitizer Spray – Ready-to-Use…Health Canada Approved DIN: 02500000 (Kills 99.9% of Germs)

Product available in 946 ml/32 fl oz. Ready-to-Use Spray Bottle and One Gallon Refill with Cap. Just refill your 946 ml bottle when you run out with the One Gallon Refill. Saves You
money while Killing 99.9% of Germs.

5. Shark Electrostatic Cordless Model

The Shark Electrostatic model blows out 8800 cubic feet per minute of negatively charged air while spraying the disinfectant at an adjustable rate of 1.7 – 2.4 oz/min. The flow of 8200W/in3 of negative-ion attracts positively charged airborne particles such as dust, pollen, and pathogens of viral, bacterial, or fungal origin, and particle matters less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in the surrounding air. This neutralizes them, making them heavier to descend down on the floor, then the sprayed disinfectant over the surface kills those pathogens effectively.

As a result, this technology is dual-action as not only does it disinfect the surface, but it can also purify the air.

6. Temperature Self Check Station

Allow for optimal flow at your business with this innovative thermometer. This self-check station has a quick turnaround time between tests taking only .5s per person. Allow clients to move through your front door with confidence knowing everyone has been checked. Simple LED lights and sounds will alarm when someone has an abnormal temperature.
7. Alpha Gun
The future of clean is here. Introducing the Alpha and Beta Atomizer Gun. Your start to efficient and thorough disinfection” Looking for a way to save time and money while disinfecting effectively?