THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANING AND DISINFECTING WHILE MOVING

In today’s world, it is more important than it ever was that we are aware of how to keep ourselves clean and free from disease. When you move, you want to be certain that you are not leaving any germs behind. Nor do we expect to have them in our new location. To ensure that this is taken care of, you should clean both locations thoroughly.



To begin with, there is a vast difference between cleaning and disinfecting. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines these terms as such:

  • Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities including germs from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing them, it decreases the number of germs and therefore any risk of spreading infection.

  • Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduce any risk of spreading infection.

The fact is the Covid-19 occurs most commonly through close contact with other people via respiratory droplets. However, evidence does suggest that the virus also remains “viable for hours to days on.


While moving, you may want the following items on hand for your move:

  • Masks

  • Hand sanitizers – keep these by your kitchen and bathroom sinks

  • Sanitizing wipes


You can keep a cannister of cleaning wipes handy and available for family members as well as the moving crew. Also, these wipes should be used often to clean “high-touch” surfaces, such as

  • door knobs

  • table tops

  • chairs

  • light switches

  • toilets

  • toilet handles

  • faucet handles

  • hand rails

  • staircase railings

Do not reuse the wipes. Rather, change them out often after you clean a particular surface or one’s hands.


Here is a link to a full list of disinfectants that are approved by the EPA for disinfecting your home: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19.


In the event you are unable to obtain any of the cleaning products in the above list, you can also use alcohol or a cleaning solution made with diluted bleach (do not combine alcohol and bleach). The “CDC recommends using a diluted household bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.”


Surfaces you may not think to disinfect are moving boxes and plastic. After unpacking, remove all packing materials then be certain to wash your hands thoroughly.


While all the above precautions are a good idea, rest assured that Interiors for Seniors has a Covid-19 policy in place. At Interiors for Seniors, we are following the CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing and other protocols recommended by the CDC. This includes temperature checks, washing hands frequently, social distancing and wearing masks before entering a house. 

 

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


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