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Preventative cleaning for COVID – 19, a necessary step around the home and business

With the recent executive order from Governor Steve Bullock it is imperative for Montanas to take the necessary steps to keep our communities as safe as possible. Preventative cleaning is of major importance for those now working from home or essential business in order to limit the spread of COVID – 19.

However, for preventative cleaning to be effective, personal guidelines set by the CDC must be followed. This includes social distancing, washing your hands often with soap and water and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If these measures are not utilized, it will hamper the effectiveness of preventative cleaning.

The most important part of preventative cleaning is the cleaning and application of disinfectant to touchpoints. Touchpoints are commonly used or handled areas of a home or business. This includes door handles, keyboards, countertops, desks, faucets, phones, remotes, light switches, toilets, sinks and handles for drawers and cabinets. Do not forget to clean and then disinfect. This means that surfaces must be cleaned first and then followed with disinfectant. For cleaning the CDC recommends a detergent or soap and water mixture. The CDC also has a list of disinfectants it approves and a diluted bleach mixture. According to the CDC, to make a bleach solution, mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. For more approved disinfectants from the CDC.
For more detailed information on cleaning and application of disinfectant. The CDC also recommends wearing disposable gloves for all cleaning and disinfecting.

One area that is often overlooked is the car. Frequently touched items in a vehicle need to be cleaned and disinfected. Please test all products in an inconspicuous area first to ensure they will not damage your vehicle interior.

Another overlooked area is carpeted areas and rugs. These areas also need cleaning and disinfecting. Use soap and water or appropriate cleaners if possible. Please test in an inconspicuous area first and do not overload carpets or rugs with soap as it is not extracted from the surface easily. Do not use a bleach solution on soft surfaces as it can remove color easily from these items.

Laundering clothes, towels and linens is very important for preventative cleaning. Please use disposable gloves when handling these items. Also use the warmest setting that will not damage clothes and linens.

Team Newman is offering preventative cleaning as part of our services regarding COVID – 19. Please contact Team Newman and set up an on-site inspection for preventative cleaning services.