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Posted on January 23, 2022


Even though COVID-19 has been around a while and things are starting to return to normal ever so slightly, there is still plenty of concern about how to best clean and sanitise your home, particularly after someone in your home has had COVID-19. Indeed, the right way to conduct COVID cleaning involves a little more than just regular cleaning duties, but that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. If you or a family member have been in quarantine or sick with COVID-19, there are certain things you should do, and it all starts with making sure your home is sanitised properly.

Are Cleaning and Sanitising the Same Thing?

Contrary to what many people think, cleaning and sanitising are not the same thing. You can conduct extensive cleaning, wipe down all of the surfaces in your home, mop your floors, and spray some disinfectant in the air, but that isn’t all you should do as long as COVID-19 is still around. For starters, there are a few things you should be doing regularly, including allowing your cleaning products to sit on certain surfaces for around 10 minutes before wiping them off. What things should you be cleaning this way? Here are a few of them:

  • Cabinet doors
  • Light switches
  • Interior and exterior door knobs
  • Handrails
  • Refrigerator door handles

Fortunately, cleaning products are clearly marked and mention directly on the container what they are there to do. They should say either “sanitise” or “disinfect” so that the product can kill COVID-19 germs.

Some Things to Remember

It’s also good to keep in mind that according to the experts, the risk of getting COVID-19 by touching a surface with the virus on it is low. It isn’t impossible, of course, but it isn’t very likely. Most experts now realise that COVID-19 is much more likely to be spread from person to person, which is how nearly everyone gets it. Nevertheless, if you disinfect the surfaces that you came into contact with when you were sick, it greatly reduces the chance of becoming sick again in the future. Here are a few more tips that can help you properly disinfect and clean your home:

  • Disinfect surfaces that get touched a lot, such as faucets and door knobs
  • Always wear a mask and gloves when you’re cleaning
  • Wash all clothes and bedding as soon as you get well
  • When possible, open up your windows for a while
  • Take all of your garbage outside
  • Thoroughly clean all of your toilets and bathrooms
  • Wash all of your dishes and flatware that was used when you were ill

In addition to these things, many people wonder if they need to replace their AC air filters after someone in the home has been sick with COVID-19. Most experts agree this is not necessary, although they still think it’s a good idea to change your filters regularly.

As you can see, cleaning after someone has been sick with COVID-19, and trying to keep your home COVID-free, are not as difficult as it sounds. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting areas that get touched a lot, such as door knobs and light switches, can help a lot in keeping everyone healthy. You don’t have to go overboard because remember, most people catch COVID-19 by coming into close contact with a person who already has the illness.

It’s also not a bad idea to get your home professionally cleaned every now and then by a professional cleaning company. Cleaning companies are always up to date on the newest findings regarding COVID-19 and are well-trained in what to do so that your home is properly cleaned and disinfected. Having them come and clean your home every six weeks or so is a good idea, but more often than that is even better.