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Don’t Forget to Sanitize Your Home This Flu Season

Saratoga Springs Tenant Cleaning Light SwitchesVarious people already know that continual or regular cleaning is a good technique to keep your Saratoga Springs rental home a safe place to be during flu season. But remember, cleaning only the obvious dirt may not be enough. Doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards, smartphones, tablets, television remotes, and game controllers are all rather easy to ignore with regards to cleaning the house. If you are not sanitizing them constantly, these things may obtain more harmful bacteria on them than, say, your toilet.

Common Dirty Devices

It is highly proposed that you often clean your smartphone, tablet, keyboard, mouse, television remote, and gaming controller. Simply because of how often these electronic devices are touched each day, primarily 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 accumulate on them, hastily evolving into a great health hazard. During flu season, it’s rather effortless to catch germs and inadvertently pass them along to others by sharing devices, controllers – even the TV remote. This is what makes cleaning your dirty devices so imperative. If you aren’t cleaning your devices day by day or after every use, the longshots are that they would get you or your family sick.

High-Touch Surfaces

Have you ever tried to stay up to date with everything you touch around the house each day? You may be taken aback and amazed! High-touch surfaces, primarily, are parts that get a lot of use though may not make it onto your general cleaning lists. As an example, doorknobs, cabinet handles, window blind controls, and light switches are all touched daily, and sometimes, various times a day.

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

Through flu season, it’s essential to sanitize high-touch surfaces in your home. Although many of these surfaces cannot just be sprayed with liquid cleaners or disinfectants. Spraying anything on your tech devices will definitely destroy them. What you can do instead is you can purchase wipes that are specifically designed to clean electronic devices. These wipes mostly contain alcohol, which will kill the harmful bacteria.

For other high-touch surfaces around the house, take advantage of a microfiber cloth and spray a disinfectant solution on the cloth, not directly on the light switch or doorknob. A commercial cleaning solution that clearly states it will kill bacteria will work more effectively for your home’s plastic or other durable surfaces. Just don’t opt for harsh chemicals on painted surfaces, wood, or natural stone, as the chemicals will absolutely destroy these areas.

Together with high-touch surfaces, the CDC proposes washing your hands frequently and cleaning all surfaces in your home with a disinfectant appropriate for the type of surface you’re cleaning. Just be wary to have proper ventilation and conform to the label directions whatever cleaning agent you pick out. By taking these few precautions, you can keep your home as germ-free as possible during flu season and all year round.


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