There are also steps you can take to safeguard your home against the flu and other nasty germs. We like to think of it as a flu shot for your home
Swine flu, H1N1, germs, vaccines – almost daily the headlines are filled with news about the upcoming flu season and ways to protect you and family from flu germs and bacteria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the National Center for Infectious Diseases and the makers of Lysol brand products, has launched a new campaign called an “Ounce of Prevention.” The goal is to provide resources about handwashing, cleaning and disinfection and other simple steps that help people develop and maintain good hand hygiene.
It’s important to remember germs are easily spread as we touch various surfaces, shake someone’s hand or drag home backpacks and school supplies. And germs can live on a surface for up to two days. The best way to combat germs in the home is by simply washing your hands.
There are also steps you can take to safeguard your home against the flu and other nasty germs. We like to think of it as a flu shot for your home.
· When cleanings surfaces, use a disinfectant and follow the product directions. Many people don’t realize disinfectants only work on a clean surface. So you first have to clean an area to remove dirt and germs, then apply the disinfectant. You also need to let it sit for 10 minutes to take effect; don’t wipe it off as soon as you spray it on.
· Viruses, particularly flu viruses, are airborne, so you can easily catch them by touching a surface after someone sneezes or coughs on it. Also, viruses can live on a surface for up to two hours, so limit your contact with high-touch points, such as shopping cart handles, door knobs, phones and keyboards. This means using microfiber towels to avoid cross-contamination and disinfecting surfaces on a regular basis.
· Germs can get a free ride into your house on the bottom of your shoes. It’s a good practice to remove your shoes at the door. Also, having a vacuum cleaner with a high-level filtration system can collect dirt, germs and anything else that might have come in the front door. And, most importantly, a good vacuum cleaner can trap the dirt rather than blowing it back out, which completely defeats the purpose.
At Castle Keepers, the mission is to not only make your house look clean but to truly remove germs and make your house healthy. We can give your home a flu shot and promise you won’t feel a thing.