The word “sanitize” is big in the news, as it should be in today’s viral climate (i.e., the Pandemic). And just so you know, sanitizing should be a part of your daily actions regardless of the pandemic. It is just a good policy no matter what.

What Does the Word “Sanitize” Mean?

By definition, and in this context, “sanitize” means to make clean and hygienic; disinfect. The word “clean” comes from the Latin word meaning “pure.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), cleaning means ridding an area of impurities such as dirt and germs, whereas the word “sanitize” comes from the Latin word meaning “healthy.” The disinfecting or sanitizing process requires the use of certain chemicals. So, when you are sanitizing something, you are not merely “cleaning it up,” but you are also making it healthy again.

sanitizing equipment

How Long Does It Take to Sanitize?

If you use the right method, you can sanitize in a short time.

What You Need to Sanitize a Home

In order to sanitize you need to purchase certain supplies that will assist you in this project. Here is a link to approved EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) disinfectants: []. For further information there is also a YouTube video that shows you how to choose your disinfectant [].

Here is a short list to get you started:

  • Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner

  • Lysol Disinfecting Wipes


  • You can also use alcohol OR bleach

  • Note: “Use bleach containing 5.25%–8.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use a bleach product if the percentage is not in this range or is not specified.” []

  • Mix 2 parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part water in a spray bottle and spray on specific areas of contact (such as door knobs, faucets, etc.)

Also, you will need these supplies:

  • Masks

  • Gloves

  • Hand sanitizers and soaps

  • Old rags for cleaning

  • Paper towels

Where Do I Sanitize?

High Hand-traffic (aka high touch) areas

  • doorknobs

  • light switches

  • phones

  • touch screens

  • keyboards

  • tablets

  • remote controls

  • bath and kitchen faucets

  • toilets and handles

  • counter tops

  • sinks

  • tables

  • chairs

  • floors

Keep your hand sanitizers close to use when you come through your door. Be sure to have plenty of hand soap in both kitchen and bathroom.

Here’s a couple of good tips:

  • Leave your doors open during the move so there is less touch-traffic on the doors and doorknobs by the movers as they go back and forth through them.

  • While you need to sanitize after a move, be certain to do a deep cleaning/sanitizing before you actually move in, while your new location is empty and prior to the arrival of your furniture and moving boxes.

Know that Interiors for Seniors takes their Covid-19 policy very seriously. As stated on the policy page,

we are following the CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing and other protocols recommended by the CDC.”

Follow this link to review our posted policy on our website

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.

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